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What a human “pause” is doing to our environment.

Posted by Joe Trifiletti on 4/20/20 4:10 PM

We’ve seen the phrases “unprecedented times”, “challenging times” and even “ushering in a new era” in countless articles, emails, and commercials when it comes to the COVID-19 epidemic. And it’s true, we are in unprecedented times in which our human activity has been halted, or paused, for a brief moment in time to ensure the safety of our communities. While the media has focused more on the many negative effects of this pause, portions of the environment have seen positive outcomes.

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Topics: Impact Investing, earth day, Environment

Introducing the SDG Action Manager

Posted by Moira Do on 2/20/20 1:02 PM

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Topics: Impact Investing, United Nations

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

Fall Reading List: 5 Books Recommended by Financial Advisors for Financial Advisors

Posted by Moira Do on 10/8/19 1:15 PM

 

If you’re the type that cozies up to a good business book, below we outline an essential Fall reading list – put together by Financial Advisors for Financial Advisors. Our recurring series the “Advisor Spotlight” asks Vanderbilt Advisors to share books that have helped shape or influence their practice over the years. Below are just a few of our favorites:

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Topics: Financial Advisors, Impact Investing, Jed Emerson, Financial Literacy, Reading List

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