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Making SRI more Accessible to the Public: We Will Need to Go through Financial Advisors

Theodore Casparian

Many 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.)

Making the Case for 100% Conflict-Free Electronics

Saman Baghestani, Founder, WeMakeChange

This 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.

A Webinar by the United Nations Global Compact: Traceability in Global Supply

Saman Baghestani, Founder, WeMakeChange

Traceability 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”[1].  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.   

BASIC Appreciation

Thanks to all of our individual and Affiliate members, the Boston-Area Sustainable Investment Consortium (BASIC) had a wonderful and successful year in 2013!  BASIC member companies worked with the Management Team to host seven educational programs on topics ranging from corporate political spending to human rights abuses in the apparel supply chain BASIC members also joined together for both a Summer and Holiday Social gathering purely to enjoy each other’s company and have fun.