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Greenwashing: Deciphering between Marketing Ploys versus Real ESG Products

Posted by Joe Trifiletti on 1/2/20 11:55 AM

Vanderbilt’s 295 solar panels show our commitment to sustainability.

Summary:

  • Companies who practice greenwashing can make both deliberate claims and unintentionally misrepresent their sustainability efforts.
  • As a Financial Advisor, you can help your clients avoid these bogus claims with resources outlined at the end of the article.

Many businesses promote their credentials with the promises of having green buildings, eco-labels, and clean technologies. But how many of these pledges are authentic? How many of them are just empty corporate spins? We called these inauthentic claims “greenwashing” in our past article “Will "Impact-Washing" Be the New Greenwashing?

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Topics: Greenwashing, Impact-Washing, ESG, Green Finance

Shareholder resolutions: What are they and why should they matter to your clients?

Posted by Joe Trifiletti on 12/20/19 11:46 AM

 

Summary

  • Shareholder resolutions are powerful ways that your clients can exercise their voice as to how the companies they own and their portfolios are managed.
  • Shareholder resolutions exemplify shareholder activism.
  • Financial Advisors can represent their clients interests by signing onto shareholder resolutions through various resources outlined at the end of the article.
In 2018, we wrote about BlackRock being one of the many businesses that promotes good in the world by capitalizing its value on Sustainability. This year, CEO Larry Fink further proved that the firm's resolve is not just lip service as he continues to emphasize that the modern-day company should be profit and purpose-driven in his  2019 annual letter to CEOs
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Topics: Impact Investing, ESG

Two Industry Leaders Working to Standardize ESG Reporting

Posted by Joe Trifiletti on 11/14/19 11:14 AM

 

 
In September 2015, news of Volkswagen's prolonged dishonesty regarding the U.S Clean Air Act and air pollution tests wiped out close to $17.6 billion in their market value — making the stock of the largest automaker in the world plunge 23% according to Bloomberg. This emission scandal highlighted the need and importance of environmental, social, and governance criteria (ESG) in evaluating the risk factor of potential investments in companies. More than ever, investors are looking beyond financial returns and want the companies they invest in to be responsible for their environmental impact, the conditions of labor, and other behaviors that have a profound effect on the planet and people. ESG data provides a way to hold companies accountable for their actions beyond the PR campaigns and potential “ greenwashing” their marketing departments put out there. But how is ESG data collected, analyzed, and reported?
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Topics: Impact Investing, ESG

Advisor Spotlight: Stuart Valentine

Posted by Jeso O'Neill, Director of Communications on 9/27/19 8:44 AM

Each month Vanderbilt Financial Group features an advisor in the Vanderbilt family who exhibits the VFG values of Gratitude, Respect, Innovation, Teamwork and Trust on a consistent basis. These values impact their work with clients and VFG staff, and ultimately pushes for an excellence in their business practices that is unparalleled and incredibly unique. Beyond high-level producers, these advisors offer sage advice and best practices for boosting your business on your terms according to your values.  

This month we're thrilled to be trying out a new format! We're turning these interviews into short-form podcasts. You have to start somewhere and we decided to start with Stuart Valentine, a VFG Financial Advisor whose practice, Centered Wealth focuses on connecting one’s life-purpose with financial choices and investment portfolios. Below are the audio highlights from our interview. However, I found the content very meaty and decided to post the transcript not covered in the podcast below. It's long, but well-worth the read....

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Topics: ESG, sustainability, Jed Emerson, The Advisor Spotlight, renewable energy

“ReUnited States of America” is my 2019 Wish

Posted by Steve Distante on 12/31/18 11:39 AM

 

 "Earthwise" 1968 vs. 2018 // Photo by Bill Anders

On Christmas Day 50 years ago, America was a divided nation. It was a tough year of troubled times and assassinations. We lost Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, and the Vietnam War was in full swing with massive rampant protests. I can see the parallels between the issues we dealt with during that difficult year of 1968 and today, including moments and opportunities to bring us back together.

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Topics: ESG, Blogging, sustainability

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