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Thursday’s Linkfest

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

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)

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Tuesday’s SRI Linkfest

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

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 (

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Wednesday SRI Linkfest

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

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)

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Monday SRI Linkfest

Monday, April 18th, 2011

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)

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Friday SRI Linkfest

Friday, April 15th, 2011

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. (

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A guide to ethical investing

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

By Kate Saines

Published at

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

Private Social Investment in France: Meeting Two Goals

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

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

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Sustainable business success through corporate social innovation

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

In an article for, Tania Ellis writes:

Today’s business world is a world of disorder. Global mega crises ranging from security threats, global warming and the depletion of natural resources to food shortage and the growing gap between the rich and the poor, as well as higher personal levels of stress are changing companies’ freedom to operate, their reputations and brand value, the cost of capital and perceived investor risk.

According to Ellis, this reality is leading to the following investment trends throughout the world:

  1. Socially responsible investing (SRI) is increasing the attention on corporate social and environmental practices by identifying companies that benefit society.
  2. Large pension funds around the world are already using screening agencies to assess how companies tackle so-called ESG (environmental, social, governance) issues.
  3. Since the 2008 financial crises the number of large investment managers and private equity firms signing on to the UN-backed initiative Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has more than doubled. These signatories manage a total of $18 trillion in assets.
  4. As a result of the growth of SRI, companies are increasing reconfiguring their way of doing business by seeking profits through responsible and sustainable actions.


To learn more, read the article: Sustainable business success through corporate social innovation

European Wind Companies Seed Competitive Advantage To China

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Chinese wind turbine companies have rapidly ascended to a market leading position in China. Five years ago they controlled a tiny percentage of their domestic market but today now control 85% of the domestic market and half of the $45 billion world wide market. The New York Times reported in an article how the larger European wind turbine leader like Gamesa and Vestas handed over their technology to the Chinese to gain access to the lucrative market.
Local rules required that wind turbines sold in China needed to be made with components made in China. This lead to a technology transfer from Vestas and Gamesa to local Chinese companies.
Read More: NYT - To Conquer Wind Power, China Writes the Rules

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Why ethical bond investing is a growing opportunity

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Tatjana Greil-Castro writes for CityWire

Socially responsible investing has traditionally focused on equities but more and more markets are opening up in the fixed interest arena, says Tatjana Greil-Castro of Muzinich & Co.

Socially responsible investing (SRI) is growing. Statistics from the Investment Management Association (IMA) show that ethical funds had net retail sales of £74 million in the third quarter of 2010, up 25% from the same period the previous year.

Much of the focus traditionally has been on equity investing, with shareholder activism in particular the preferred method for encouraging changes in corporate behaviour. Until recently socially responsible fixed income investing had been limited to micro-finance, community-based lending and some low-yielding government and investment grade funds. Fortunately this is beginning to change and there is now more opportunity for ethical fixed income investing.

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