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The U.S.A. & the 2015 Paris Accord: Five Years On, the Largest Economy on Earth Promises to Return - With a Cabinet of Climate Change Champions Preparing for Action
Seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the great promise of the 21st Century – the Paris Accord. Can you believe, it is now five years on (260 weeks or so this December) since the meeting in the “City of Lights” of the Conference of Parties (“COP 21”, a/k/a the U.N. Paris Climate Conference). This was the 21st meeting of the global assemblage focused on climate change challenges....
Jan 4, 2021 10:00 AM ET
The Accounting Profession and Public Company Disclosure - How Far We Have Come With the Focus on Sustainability Matters!
Looking back 90+ years to the 1920s, corporate financial disclosure was in essence, a joke. (Why, said one public company leadership, would we ever tell investors what our real financial condition is!)  Financial reporting was voluntary!   And then…came the 1929 market crash. And so, back 80 years, the federal government – at last! – moved to regulate disclosure by companies with...
Dec 21, 2020 1:00 PM ET
Corporate Sustainability Reporting: Changes in the Global Landscape - What Might 2021 Bring?
Change is a-coming – quite quickly now – for corporate sustainability reporting frameworks and standards organizations. Before the disastrous October 1929 stock market crash, there was little in the way of disclosure and reporting requirements for companies with public stockholders. The State of New York had The Martin Act, passed in 1921, a “blue sky...
Dec 8, 2020 10:00 AM ET
Big News: US SIF Report on US Sustainable and Impact Investing Trends 2020 Released
As 2020 Began, $1-in-$3 of Professionally Managed AUM in the United States Had ESG Analysis and/or Portfolio Management Strategies Applied…US$17.1 Trillion Total Every two years, since 1996, the influential trade organization for sustainable, responsible and impact investment (US SIF) conducts a year-long survey of professional asset managers to determine the...
Nov 23, 2020 10:00 AM ET
Watching the Major Stock Indexes - For Strong ESG Signals From the Corporate Sector
Indexes – Indices - Benchmarks – these are very important analysis and portfolio management tools for asset owners and their internal and external managers.  We can think of them as a sort of report card; fiduciaries can track their performance against the funds they manage; financial sector players can develop products for investment (mutual funds, Exchange Traded Funds, separate...
Nov 16, 2020 10:30 AM ET