The New York Times recently published an essay by Hans Taparia titled, ‘One of the Hottest Trends in the World of Investing Is a Sham.’ While Mr. Taparia paints a broad picture of widespread greenwashing (and I guess social washing and governance washing), he fails to look beyond the marketing engines of the big Wall Street firms to see the smaller ones that actually are working for positive change.… Read the rest
Several state legislatures have recently begun punishing investment companies that take environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data into consideration when making investment decisions.
Elon Musk tweeted, “ESG is a scam. It has been weaponized by phony social justice warriors.” In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, former Vice President Mike Pence says that investing using ESG principles is politically driven and is part of a plan by the “woke left” to conquer corporate America.… Read the rest
There’s a lot of confusion in the marketplace regarding ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) and Sustainable, sometimes known as SRI (Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact) investing. Many people think the two terms are interchangeable – I’m here to tell you that they aren’t.… Read the rest
Allbirds focuses on sustainably sourced and manufactured shoes and apparel.
According to a report from the Apparel Impact Institute and Fashion for Good, the fashion industry accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. And, a report from Planet Tracker lays out the pollution and water risks of the industry and the lack of transparency from most manufacturers.… Read the rest
We’re excited to announce that, as of December 1st, more financial advisors than ever can now invest their clients’ assets in our proprietary Green Sage Sustainability Portfolio through our new partnership with SMArtX.
Green Sage is a rigorously screened portfolio with a 9-year track record and is constructed with our nearly 20 years of experience in sustainable, responsible, and impact (SRI) investing.… Read the rest
While investor interest in sustainable, responsible, and impact investing (SRI) has greatly increased in recent years, many financial advisors are still woefully unprepared to talk to their clients about SRI.
According to a 2020 survey of 800 Registered Investment Advisors (RIA)s by SEI – a global provider of investment processing, management, and operations solutions – only one-third reported growing interest in sustainable investing.… Read the rest
CBRE focuses on real estate services to owners, occupants, and investors. This includes leasing, property, project, and investment management.
Buildings make up about 30% of all carbon emissions, making building efficiency a priority climate change issue. We value CBRE because of its strong focus on building efficiency.… Read the rest
“If you’re not talking with your clients about sustainable, responsible, and impact investing, they’ll be speaking with someone else.” That’s a line I used last week while speaking to a group of financial advisers at a conference in Michigan. And it’s true.… Read the rest
On August 9th, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report in which the resounding and unsurprising conclusion was a “code red for humanity.” The evidence is irrefutable that climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying. In 2020 alone, there was a record shattering 22 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters across the United States.… Read the rest
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