[Event Recap] [BASIC Event] The Road Does Not End with Paris: A Review of COP 21 and Where We Go Next
Juliana CusackOn Wednesday, January 20, 2016, the Boston Area Sustainable Investment Consortium held a discussion on COP 21 and its implications for the investment community. The event was held at the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston’s Innovation District. The panelists included Geeta Aiyer, President and Founder of Boston Common Asset Management, and Sue Reid, VP of Climate and Energy Programs at Ceres, who both attended the recent climate talks in Paris.
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[Event Recap] [BASIC Event] US SIF Brown Bag Lunch Briefing of the DOL Changes in ERISA Guidance and Unlocking ESG IntegrationOn Monday, December 14, 2015, the Boston Area Sustainable Investment Consortium and US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment held a lunchtime seminar at Putnam Investments near Post Office Square in Boston, MA. The speaker was Lisa Woll, CEO of US SIF.
[Event Recap] [BASIC Event] Sustainable Development Goals & Socially Responsible Investing: Focus on Inequality with Carly Greenberg, Rob Wilson, and Sonia Kowal
Dylan BrixOn Thursday, October 22, 2015, the Boston Area Sustainable Investment Consortium held a seminar on Income Inequality & Poverty. The seminar was hosted at the offices of MFS Investment Management in Back Bay. The panelists included Carly Greenberg of Walden Asset Management, Rob Wilson of MFS Investment Management and Sonia Kowal of Zevin Asset Management.
[Event Recap] [BASIC Event] An Update on the LGBT Workforce, Presented by Shelley Alpern and Laurent Belsie
Dylan BrixOn Thursday September 24th the Boston Area Sustainable Investing Consortium sponsored a seminar titled “An Update on the LGBT Workforce.” Hosted by The Christian Science Monitor at their stunningly beautiful building located on Massachusetts Avenue, the discussion was led by Laurent Belsie of The Monitor and Shelley Alpern of Clean Yield Asset Management. Click through to read Dylan Brix's summary.
In 2013, the Wall Street Journal suggested that 80% of job openings are filled without being advertised. To career service professionals and those of us who have conducted a few job searches, this number sounds reasonable. For those who are trying to figure out how to get a foot in the industry, this fact can be daunting. While a portion of this 80% can be accounted for by internal hires, how can the average job seeker connect with the right job?
The answers, of course, are research and networking.
Theodore CasparianMany people in the Sustainable & Responsible Investment Field have worked very hard to persuade corporate boards and large investors to see sustainable investing as a viable, economic choice. But in doing so, on the whole, we have left out the public. Take the limited breadth of sustainable 401(k) offerings as an example. A study by Mercer noted that “assets…remain very low where…SRI options exist” and there is “not…enough demand from participants.” I would suggest that this is because no one is sufficiently educating the public and no one is sufficiently educating those who serve the public – financial advisors and planners. Indeed, my unscientific observation is that a higher percentage of small investors (under $100,000 in assets) believe that SRI is a purely political/sub-par return choice than do large investors (over $100MM in assets.)
Saman Baghestani, Founder, WeMakeChangeThis statement is addressed to the chief executive officers, boards of directors, shareholders, stakeholders, supply chain managers, and procurement officials of electronics manufacturers worldwide, including extended supply chain firms and intermediaries, particularly firms who generate a significant portion of their revenues from the sale or manufacture of cellular and smartphones.
Saman Baghestani, Founder, WeMakeChangeTraceability is defined by the International Organization for Standardization as “the ability to identify and trace the history, distribution, location, and application of products, parts, and materials”. Traceability is thus fundamental to any discussion about a company’s level of social responsibility. Without accurate, traceable information about the full scope of what went into the production of a particular product and bringing it to market, - i.e. what is happening behind the scenes and within the supply chains - stakeholders cannot properly begin to assess how responsible, ethical, or environmentally-friendly a company really is.