E-newsletter of Investing for the Soul September 29, 2009
Top ethical investing news for September 2009
Links may only be valid a limited time Commentaries by Ron Robins
(UPDATE 1) Environmental Ranking Of
America's 500 Largest Corporations--Newsweek.
The top three are HP, Dell, and Johnson & Johnson. This is a good
analysis of America's most environmentally conscious major corporations,
and useful reading for ethical investors. Partners in the research were
KLD Research & Analytics, Inc., Trucost, CorporateRegister.com, and ASAP
China Surpassing US In Green Energy.
"Even as China overtakes the U.S. in the dubious category of 'world’s
leading greenhouse gas producer,' it is also well ahead
IPE Says 70% Of Fund Trustees Surveyed
Cite ESG Issues As Important.
"Around 70% of the 42 respondents
– with a total of €197.6bn invested
Business Week Publishes Names Of
Top Global Brands.
Exchanges Push Sustainability. - [COMMENTARY] "The report, which was produced by sustainable investment consultancy Delsus Limited, found exchanges were increasingly active in three main areas promoting sustainability: provision of information tools for sustainable investors such as indices; fostering specialised listing and trading platforms for sustainable investment niches and in less advanced markets, increasing awareness of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues among listed companies. Dan Siddy, founder and director of Delsus and author of the report, said: 'Over the last five years or so, social and environmental risks and opportunities have emerged to become commonplace long-term investment themes in the world’s capital markets.'"
This report provides exceedingly good news
for ethical investors, and will only enhance the prospects for investing
in ethical stocks and bonds.
US Consumers May Buy 600,000 Plug-In
Electric Hybrid Autos By 2015, Says Study.
"A new study by Pike Research indicates that demand for Plug-in
Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) will skyrocket after the first
generations are introduced in 2010, to 600,000 vehicles by 2015." I
am still unsure as to the overall net benefit, both environmentally and
for society as a whole, of PHEVs. Though gas/petrol consumption will be
reduced, the demands on inefficient electrical grids and generation will
be substantially increased. If anyone knows of any good studies on this
subject or on potential investment prospects, please let me know.
Buffett & 27 Other Business Leaders Call
For End To Short-Termism Business Focus.
changes, if implemented, would denote a much higher consciousness taking
shape among these stakeholders and society at large. However, judging by
the present inaction of the US Congress and regulatory authorities in
bringing the culprits of this financial mess to justice, it could be
awhile yet before anything changes. Who is being prosecuted for the
'liar loans,' for the fraud perpetrated in the sale of various
derivative instruments, and for the ratings agencies who may have been
possibly 'bribed' by their MBS issuing customers to provide them with
higher than warranted ratings for their securities?
Toyota & Peugeot Top Bank Sarasin's 2009
List Of Sustainable Automakers. GM Comes Last.
"When rating the sustainability performance of car manufacturers,
Bank Sarasin concentrates on three key aspects: the CO2 emissions of the
current vehicle fleet, the capacity to develop low-emission,
leading-edge technologies and
UK Social Investment Forum To Hold 2nd
National Ethical Investment Week November 8-14.
"Aviva Investors has today joined CCLA, The Co-operative Financial
Services and Henderson New Star as a sponsor of the second National
Ethical Investment Week (NEIW), to be held 8-14 November. NEIW is a
cooperative campaign that brings together financial advisers, charities
and trusts, financial organisations, faith groups, NGOS and community
groups to ensure that everyone knows that they have green and ethical
options for their investments." The UKSIF's second National Ethical
Investment Week continues to gain big sponsors demonstrating the growing
interest in ethical stocks and bonds in the UK.
Israeli Companies Worried About Boycott Of Their Products.
"A survey reveals that 21% of Israeli
exporters have had to cut their prices as a result of the boycott, after
a significant loss of market share, especially in Jordan, the UK and
Scandinavia. [Data from Ma an News Agency, 31 March, 2009]... This month
the UN will publish the findings of its inquiry into Israel’s possible
war crimes in Gaza in 2008-9. These are unlikely to lead to legal
proceedings, so there are calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions to
force Israel to comply with international law." Whether you are for
or against Israel on this, as an investor, you might want to pay
attention to this issue.
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