E-newsletter of Investing for the Soul January 30, 2011
Top ethical investing news for January 30, 2011
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Sustainalytics Report Links Sustainability Performance
To Shareholder Value. - [COMMENTARY]
"A new study by Sustainalytics highlights links between
sustainability performance and shareholder value. The report,
'Sustainability and Materiality in the Natural Resources Sector' looked
at environmental and social practices in the forestry, mining and oil
and gas sectors and found positive correlation to competitiveness in
each sector." This type of research is vitally needed.
Congratulations to Sustainalytics!
'Say On Pay' Rules For Companies Now Official US SEC
Policy. - [COMMENTARY] "The
Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted rules concerning
shareholder approval of executive compensation and "golden parachute"
compensation arrangements as
Nine US Companies To Be Challenged On Hydraulic
Fracking. - [COMMENTARY]
"Shareholders file resolutions with Cabot Oil & Gas, ExxonMobil,
Chevron, and other energy companies to spur more responsible 'fracking'
practices." The process of fracking to recover oil needs much more
study, especially concerning how it affects fresh water supplies.
WWF Canada Reports On Carbon Risk In Canadian Institutional Portfolios. - [COMMENTARY] "WWF-Canada released a ground-breaking report highlighting climate change as a new risk for institutional investors...The study found that the S&P/TSX Index has the third-largest carbon footprint among major global indices, measured by carbon emissions per USD 1 million sales. Only the Indian and Emerging Markets global indices have larger footprints.."
It is Canada's resource sector that primarily accounts for
the high carbon counts. The report is important reading for anyone
investing in Canadian stocks. It also provides a carbon footprint
analysis for various Canadian funds.
Michigan Court Ruling Aids Development Of Islamic
Finance In USA. - [COMMENTARY]
"Lawyers said a U.S. court decision to dismiss a case alleging AIG's (AIG.N)
Shareholder Proxy Access Improves Firm's Value, Harvard Study. - [COMMENTARY] "We use the SECís October 4, 2010 announcement that it would significantly delay implementation of its August 2010 proxy access rule as a natural experiment. Because firms with substantial institutional ownership would have been most affected by the SECís now-delayed changes, we use the share and composition of institutional investors to sort firms into those more and less affected by the October 4 news. Firms that would have been most affected by proxy access, as measured by institutional ownership, lost value on that day."
Continuing, "The value drop was 55 basis points for a
10 percentage point change in activist institution ownership. These
results suggest that financial markets placed a
Report Evaluates Climate Change Reporting By Small US Companies. - [COMMENTARY] "Pax World Management LLC... and Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP)... released a new report, 'Risk and Opportunity in a Low-Carbon Business Climate: Small & Mid-Caps and Climate Change.' The report notes that reporting on any of several types of climate-related risk is generally inadequate among smaller companies, and that what reporting is done is generally limited to only regulatory risk, while ignoring other potential risks (e.g. physical, business interruption or supply chain, etc.)."
This report discusses the climate change reporting in a
number of different US industry sectors and specific companies.
Greenpeace Publishes Survey Of Greenest Electronics Manufacturers. - [COMMENTARY] "In seven categories of electronics, Asus led with two products at the top of the heap, as well as the highest-scoring product surveyed, the Asus VW-247H-HF monitor. Among the other categories, Asus also led with the greenest notebook computer, while HP can boast the greenest desktop and Acer landed the greenest netbook computer. Samsung's Blue Earth mobile phone led that category, Sony Ericsson made the greenest smartphone, and Sharp took the top spot in the television category."
This is Greenpeace's third annual survey. Of course
electronics is an area where many toxic materials are used.
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