Thursday’s Linkfest

Here is what we are reading today:

Solar panels are not always popular in neighborhoods: (NY Times)

Indonesia’s microfinance success story: (The Economist)

The power behind investing in alternative energy: (Video from CFA Institute)

Study of wind wakes to improve wind turbine design: (Clean Techies)

Major US retailors are installing charging stations: (Clean Techies)

Factoring in sustainability into accounting: (Green Biz)

Large solar versus decentralized solar: (Clean Techinca)

Tuesday’s SRI Linkfest

Here is what we are reading today:

Joel Makower’s conversation with Henkel about 20 years of sustainability reporting: (Joel Makower)

Denmark’s PFA pension fund use of negative screens: (Citywire)

A look inside BP’s sustatinability report: (Triple Pundit)

Obama to Congress – Subsidize clean tech not oil and gas: (Clean Techies and NY Times)

Buy Like Buffett: Socially Responsible Investing in Ethical Business So You Can Sleep at Night (Savings.com)

Monday SRI Linkfest

Here’s what we are reading today:

China now has the largest installed wind capacity: (Clean Technica)

America’s Greenest Colleges: (NY Times)

Top Ten Solar Cleantech Programs Globally: (Clean Techies)

Green Consumerism in Doubt: (Environmental Leader)

Solar panel’s increase homes resale values: (NY Times)

Wednesday SRI Linkfest

Interesting links for Wednesday:

BP Spill Anniversary, what has changed: (Clean Tech Law, WSJ)

Need for large and small solar plants (The Economist)

Solar on the water: (NY Times)

Power shortfalls in China: (NY Times)

How to make the CFO a buyer of sustainable solutions: (Green Biz)

Wind is growth is blowing up … (Clean Technica)

Sustainability reporting by association: (Green Economy Post)

Tuesday SRI Linkfest

Here are today’s links of interesting stories:

Cape Wind project receives approval: (WSJ)

London’s Black Cabs move to fuel cell models by 2010 (Just Means)

Google’s move into wind: (Tree Hugger)

FTSE 100 companies are not meaningfully offsetting carbon emissions (Environmental Leader)

Is a 20MW Wind Turbine feasible: (Clean Technica)

Australia’s sustainability spend to hit $3bnL (Environmental Leader)

Monday SRI Linkfest

Here are today’s links of interesting stories:

KPMG report confirms effectiveness of sustainability programs: (KPMG & Green Biz News)

India and Japan deal with energy issues: (NY Times)

US Solar outlook brightens: (NY Times)

New VW Beatle has 40MPG: (Green Car Reports & WSJ)

The UK Clean Tech sector is optimistic about the future: (Energy Efficiency News)

Wind industry grew 10% in 2010: (Cleantechies)

Starbucks stalls on energy and recycling goals, slashes water use: (Green Biz News)

Storing wind energy under the water: (Clean Technica)

Friday SRI Linkfest

Here are today’s links of interesting stories:

Companies in Japan are trying new strategies to use less power in the post quake and tsunami business environment. (WSJ)

Alternative energy investments are at a two year low. (Bloomberg, Politco)

California wants to have 30% of power generated from renewable sources by 2020. (Triple Pundit)

Top 5 lessons for implementing a sustainability program from Capgemini. (GreenBiz)

Top Ten list is out for solar modules shipments in 2010. (SustainableBusiness.com)

A guide to ethical investing

By Kate Saines

Published at Myfinances.co.uk

When deciding where to invest our money, our biggest priority is naturally finding a product which provides the highest returns.

But for a growing number of investors, knowing the money is going to be beneficial to not only the company whose shares we are buying but to the sustainability of the planet is just as essential.

With household spending on ethical goods and services tripling in the past ten years, according to the Co-operative Bank, it will come as no surprise to hear that sales of ethical funds are now rising too.

So, if you are keen to invest some money but you want to do so responsibly here’s our guide to ethical investments.

Read the full article: A Guide to Ethical Investing

A Referendum On CSR?

The Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman once wrote “the social responsibility of business is to increase profits.” An American public relations firm created a survey where they asked individuals from “the informed public” what their opinion was on Mr. Friedman’s message. An excerpt of  the results were published in The Economist.

The world’s striving nations tend to disdain CSR. The top ten Friedmanite countries include four emerging markets (India, Indonesia, Mexico and Poland) and two recently emerged ones (Singapore and South Korea). But there are important exceptions to the rule. Well-informed folk in China and Brazil almost match their peers in Germany and Italy in their enthusiasm for corporate do-gooding.

It is not surprising that several European nations were more in favor of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) than place like the UAE. What was interesting is to see Swede’s so opposed to CSR. The article suggests that because their cradle to grave safety net affords them little need for CSR.

Full Article Here: Milton Friedman goes on tour

Private Social Investment in France: Meeting Two Goals

Socially Responsible Investing in France has taken off much like in the rest of the world.  Several students from the Wharton Business School authored an article that discusses the two styles of private socially responsible investing that have gained notoriety in France.

We typically focus on publicly traded companies and there were some facts in this article of note.

“At the end of 2009, social investing in France reached €4 trillion (US$5.7 trillion) after nearly doubling between 2005 and 2008. The dominant investment vehicles in this field are socially responsible index funds.”

“According to Novethic, an affiliate of government pension fund manager Caisse des Dépôts, social investing in France is still in its fledgling stage, but it has been encouraged by French legislation that promotes social investing, such as a regulation requiring pension funds to invest at least 10% of their assets in socially conscious projects.”

Read the full article: Private Social Investment in France: Meeting Two Goals