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Federal agencies incorporating sustainability benchmarks into procurement decisions

July 28, 2014

The Obama Administration is setting new requirements for federal contractors to disclose information about their environmental performance. Going forward, agencies will use this data in procurement decisions. Continue reading

What should we expect after another four months of nuclear negotiations with Iran?

July 24, 2014

Despite decades of mistrust, lingering gaps between U.S. and Iranian negotiating positions, and myriad complicating factors, key stakeholders maintain that the two sides can reach a deal that will end the nuclear standoff and lead to an easing of economic sanctions on Iran. Continue reading

BNP’s $8.9 million settlement could be a watershed moment for sanctions enforcement

July 10, 2014

BNP Paribas recently agreed to pay almost $9 billion, plead guilty to criminal charges and accept other penalties to settle an investigation into transactions involving Iran, Sudan and other sanctioned nations. Continue reading

Ethics, Responsibility & Values

Does the SEC owe it to investors to push for corporate disclosure?

February 19, 2013

Those who support a values-based investing approach must be particularly vigilant in the search for information that identifies opportunities and risks associated with certain investments. Continue reading

Corporate disclosure of political donations a priority for more investors, businesses

February 8, 2013

The rising influence of corporate political contributions received increased attention during the most recent national election cycle. With the impact of Super PACs and corporate lobbying brought even further into the light over the past three years, the concerns voiced by many observers should come as little surprise. Continue reading

Risk Management & Investing

How are investors reacting to mounting evidence of fossil fuel risk?

June 4, 2014

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the U.S. government’s National Climate Assessment both point to two conclusions that scientists have been warning about for some time: the pace of climate change is accelerating and the consequences are becoming more severe. Continue reading

Top U.N. mediator’s resignation further cements sanctions on Syria

June 2, 2014

With the diplomatic process paralyzed and enmities hardening as  the the conflict in Syria intensifies, sanctions on the country seem likely to remain in place for the foreseeable future. Continue reading

Environmental

Stanford to divest shares of coal companies as Bank of America faces shareholder pressure to follow suit

May 9, 2014

As the risks of investing in fossil fuel companies have become more pronounced, a growing group of capital market participants have opted to reduce their financial ties to the sector. Continue reading

More institutional investors consider divesting from fossil fuel stocks

April 7, 2014

Despite signs of progress from shareholder engagement, activist investors and organizations continue to call for complete divestment from fossil fuel stocks, arguing that this sends a far more powerful message about climate change. Continue reading