Weekly Highlights January 26, 2012

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Weekly Highlights January 26, 2012

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Billionaires Occupy Davos as 0.01% Bemoan Income Inequality
(Wednesday - January 25, 2012)
Source: BusinessWeek - Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk wants to talk about income inequality. So does Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien and Indian billionaire Vikas Oberoi. The three are among a contingent of at least 70 billionaires who are joining...

The 10 Most Sustainable Companies of 2012
(Wednesday - January 25, 2012) Associated Profiles : Corporate Knights
Source: Forbes - Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media company, just announced its eighth-annual list of the world's most sustainable companies. Here are the top 10.

EIA: U.S. using less foreign oil, carbon emissions flatlining
(Tuesday - January 24, 2012)
Source: Washington Post - The U.S. Energy Information Administration just released its Annual Energy Outlook 2012 report, and three things stick out: The United States is dramatically curbing its oil imports, carbon emissions are flatlining and we have...

Raiding the Bread Basket: Use and Abuse of the Mississippi River Basin
(Monday - January 23, 2012) Associated Profiles : Water Footprint Network
Source: National Geographic - Industrial agricultural has significant socioeconomic and environmental costs in the Mississippi River Basin, although scientists are bringing solutions.

U.S. Wind-Farm Boom Set to Bust in 2013 as Obama Tax Breaks End
(Friday - January 20, 2012) Associated Profiles : Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Source: Bloomberg - A U.S. boom in wind farm projects is poised to bust in 2013 as tax breaks by President Barack Obama’s administration prompt developers to rush through construction of new sites this year, according to Bloomberg New England

The Top 10 Trends in CSR for 2012
(Thursday - January 19, 2012)
Source: Forbes - Here are the biggest developments to watch for this year in the ever growing and changing world of corporate social responsibility.

Sovereign Wealth Funds

Investors see Africa as most attractive destination: EIU poll
(Tuesday - January 24, 2012) Associated Profiles : Invest AD
Source: Reuters - LONDON - More than one in two institutional investors see Africa as the most attractive region to invest in the next decade, with one in three expecting to put at least 5 percent of their portfolios into the continent by 2016...

Attorney: Tapes show Richardson mired in pay-to-play
(Tuesday - January 24, 2012) Associated Profiles : New Mexico State Investment Council - Permanent Trust Funds (United States)
Source: Santa Fe New Mexican - ALBUQUERQUE -- Transcripts of secretly recorded meetings about state investments during Gov. Bill Richardson's administration show the governor was calling the shots on decisions that steered millions of dollars to a political ...

Kuwait- Top Municipality officials in millions dinar bribes
(Monday - January 23, 2012) Associated Profiles : Kuwait Investment Authority
Source: Menafn Arab News - Senior officials in Kuwait Municipality allegedly accepted bribes worth millions of dinars to stop the valuation of a property owned by the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) ...

Asset Managers

Sustainability expert: 'Standard approaches aren't enough'
(Wednesday - January 25, 2012) Associated Profiles : MSCI Group (NYSE: MDX)
Source: The Steamboat Pilot - Aspen Skiing Co. Director of Sustainability Auden Schendler told a Talking Green audience Tuesday night that it would take “radically different things” to solve climate change.

Top 10 tips for global equities success in 2012
(Tuesday - January 24, 2012) Associated Profiles : Schroders
Source: Money Observer - Virginie Maisonneuve, head of global and international equities at Schroders, identifies 10 drivers for global equities success this year, from owning plenty of US stocks to watching currency movements.

Centre plans national corporate governance policy
(Monday - January 23, 2012) Associated Profiles : UBS
Source: The Hindu - The Centre plans to frame a national corporate governance policy as part of its overall efforts to further improve corporate governance practices in India, Mr M. Veerapa Moily, Corporate Affairs Minister, said here ...

Carlyle Readies an Unfriendly I.P.O. for Shareholders
(Thursday - January 19, 2012) Associated Profiles : The Carlyle Group
Source: NY Times - Not only would soon-to-be public shareholders have no power over the Carlyle Group, the firm is also seeking to force all shareholder legal claims into arbitration.

This is just a sample of some of the articles from this weeks SustainabilityHQ Highlights.  You can view the full Highlights by using the following links.  Sustainability | ESG, Highlights for the Week of  January 26, 2012