January 31, 2018 @ 6:00 PMPlease mark your calendars on January 31, 2018 for a joint event hosted by BASIC, Social Innovation Forum (SIF), and the New England Impact Investing Initiative (NEIII).
To kick off the New Year, we’re organizing a great panel to provide an outlook on the year ahead in impact investing — including ways to work, ways to invest, and trends to watch.
The event will be at Social Innovation Forum's co-working space, located at One Congress Street Suite #113, Boston, MA 02114.
More details on the agenda and speakers to follow.
February 8, 2018 @ 5:30 PMIt’s hard to tell the story of a conscious company using traditional financial and business reporting. What’s the alternative? The integrated model enables you to connect financial, environmental, social, human and knowledge capitals in a holistic way. Conscious companies use this model to improve performance and attract the right investors, customers and employees. Session includes examples of both public and private reports including Prudential, Clorox and Southwest.
December 14, 2017 @ 5:30 PMJoin BASIC at our annual winter social on Thursday, December 14th at Market (21 Broad Street, Boston) to celebrate the accomplishments of the sustainable investment community and to recognize our affiliate members.December 7, 2017 @ 4:00 PMBoston Common Asset Management and the Investor Environmental Health Network invite you to a workshop on the Chemical Footprint Project for Investors. Learn how to use this new tool in engagements and next year's investor strategy.December 6, 2017 @ 8:00 AMJoin Boundless Impact Investing for a workshop on health and wellness, and how investors can build on best practices to make sure impact is realized. Speakers will give an overview on the most innovative actions being made in cancer research investing, and provide the pros and cons of GMO investing.November 29, 2017 @ 10:00 AMAre you wondering how implementing a carbon price can affect a state’s economy? CABA and Business Leaders for Climate Action (BLCA) is hosting a free webinar with experts with experience in finance & investments to speak on how carbon pricing can boost a state’s economy, and send a strong signal to SRI investors that a state is committed to clean & renewable energy.November 13, 2017 @ 8:00 AMJoin CFA Society Boston for its fifth annual Sustainable Investing Seminar on Monday, November 13, 2017 as an array of industry professionals present on topics that include engagement, fixed income and performance, and quantitative analysis. An underlying focus on data and its future direction in the industry will be present throughout all the presentations.November 9, 2017 @ 5:30 PMNatixis is hosting an open house and cocktail party on Thursday, November 9, in celebration of the opening of 888 Boylston, Boston's most environmentally sustainable workspace and new U.S. headquarters of Natixis Global Asset Management.October 25, 2017 @ 6:00 PMJoin BASIC for an upcoming discussion on investing with a racial justice lens. At this event, you'll have the chance to chat with leaders in impact investing, venture capital and public equities who all incorporate racial justice into investment decision making. We will broadly explore how to invest for racial justice and then break out into smaller group discussions with each of our speakers to dive deeper into the issues.October 6, 2017 @ 9:00 AMJoin Pathstone Federal Street and other sponsors for sessions on Program Related Investments (PRIs).October 1, 2017 @ 12:00 PM
Sustainatopia features five tracks, including Ecosystem of Impact + SRI & ESG Investing (biggest track), Sustainable Strategies & Innovations (Fortune 500s), Clean Technology & Water, Paris 2.0: Smart Cities, Resilience & Community, Millennials 100, and LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability).September 20, 2017 @ 5:30 PMOur role as sustainable, responsible and impact investors - who value risks and opportunities, who research complex trends, and who engage with companies on ESG issues - is crucial in addressing the impacts of climate change. Please join us for our September event at the UUA for an open discussion about what SRI investors can do NOW to fight climate change.August 31, 2017 @ 12:00 PMZevin Asset Management, in association with BASIC, is pleased to present a brown bag lunch with PL+US (Paid Leave for the U.S.) a research and campaign group tackling paid family leave policy in the U.S.July 20, 2017 @ 6:00 PMClimate Action Business Association is partnering with Peregrine Energy Group for a panel discussion on July 20th focused on energy storage. We invite you to join us to learn about the state’s energy storage target and how we can ensure increasing investment to emerging technologies is targeted to community resilience.July 20, 2017 @ 6:00 PMJoin us for a conversation with investors and mission-driven entrepreneurs, followed by small group conversations led by local accelerators working to support and advance innovative startups.July 18, 2017 @ 9:00 AMJoin BASIC and the SRI Conference for a one day conference exploring ESG themes, such as (1) smart beta: is ESG integration really that smart?; (2) advocacy and engagement: ability to impact public companies under threat; (3) fixed income: the global phenomenon of green bonds; and (4) the business of climate: risks and opportunities for investors.July 12, 2017 @ 8:00 AMThe Investment Integration Project is hosting an event that explores the intersection between efficiency and intentionality, and how the alignment of the two leads to effective investing.June 22, 2017 @ 6:00 PMThe event will feature leaders from an array of companies sharing stories about the ups and downs, failures and aha moments, that have shaped their approach to leadership.June 20, 2017 @ 5:30 PMCome celebrate the start of summer at the Annual BASIC Summer Social on Tuesday, June 20, beginning at 5:30pm. We'll be on the roof top bar at Market in the Financial District!June 20, 2017 @ 1:00 PMOn Tuesday, June 20th, the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) will hold a hearing to consider the two pending bills that would put fees on carbon pollution, S.1821 and H.1726.
The bills cannot move forward until they are voted favorably out of the TUE committee, so we need to demonstrate strong support for the legislation. Help us pack the room to support the all-star lineup of experts who will testify on behalf of the bills. Bring signs and friends.June 15, 2017 @ 8:30 AMThe Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility in partnership with State Street Foundation, is holding its 13th Annual Global Business Ethics Symposium on Thursday, June 15th. The symposium will feature keynote speaker Rahki Kumar, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Governance at State Street Global Advisors. This is sure to be an outstanding discussion for all. Please see below for event details and registration.May 25, 2017 @ 5:30 PMJoin CABA and Green City Growers for a special panel discussion on the importance of reinvestment into local food community.May 24, 2017 @ 5:30 PMJoin WISE, BASIC, and Net Impact Boston for a unique, collaborative event to explore the corporate best practices for evaluating and reducing food waste, the US roadmap to reduce food waste at the regulatory level, the implications for institutional investors and how we can each make a difference individually.May 19, 2017 @ 8:30 AMThe Japan Society of Boston and Boston Common Asset Management are hosting a breakfast conversation with Jamie Allen, Founding Secretary General of the Asian Corporate Governance Association on governance and sustinability trends in Japan and greater Asia.May 18, 2017 @ 6:00 PMJoin the New England Impact Investing Initiative for a panel discussion on "Women in Impact" on Thursday, May 18th from 6 - 8 pm.May 18, 2017 @ 5:30 PMJoin CAIA Boston to explore the benefits and challenges in creating and implementing effective responsible investing programs.May 16, 2017 @ 5:30 PMJoin the Boston CFA Society for a discussion on social issue megatrends and case studies on integrating social issues in the investment process.May 2, 2017 @ 12:00 PMZevin Asset Management, in association with BASIC, is pleased to present a brown bag lunch with the research team of Corporate Accountability International, a leader in using strategic corporate reserch, shareholder advocacy, partnerships with Global South NGOs, and grassroots organizing to protect people and the planet from corporate abuse.April 24, 2017 @ 3:30 PMThe Harvard Business School's Business and Environment Initiative hosts a conversation with Colin Butterfield, Head of Natural Resources, Harvard Management Company, on the impact of climate change on investment selections and portfolio management decisions. The discussion will be moderated by HBS Professor George Serafeim and will include questions from the audience.April 15, 2017 @ 12:00 PMCome celebrate the launch of Climate XChange's second Carbon Pricing Awareness Tesla Raffle. There will be have music, drinks, great conversation, and most exciting of all, they'll kick off the raffle! Teslas will be on display outside of the brewery, and you will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets at the event.April 12, 2017 @ 5:30 PMLooking for a professional credential that would improve your understanding of the intersection between finance and sustainability? Have you heard about the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Credential from the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB)? The FSA is the only credential to help professionals identify, manage, and analyze the sustainability issues that impact the bottom line.April 7, 2017 @ 12:30 PMZevin Asset Management, in association with BASIC, is pleased to host a brown bag lunch with Mike Brady, CEO of Greyston Social Enterprise.April 7, 2017 @ 9:00 AMJoin Babson for a summit convening thought leaders from university, intergovernmental organizations, non-profits, established companies, and startups as they discuss how to turn global problems into opportunities.April 5, 2017 @ 4:00 PMJoin Boston University Questrom School of Business for a conversation with individuals in the Social Enterprise and Impact Investing community.April 3, 2017 @ 5:30 PMJoin this discussion about emerging drivers and opportunities for small entrepreneurs working with large companies to advance the circular economy.March 30, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
Come check out an interactive workshop on "Blending Capital for Impact" as speakers lead a discussion on the local impact economy and the necessary use of blended finance to achieve impact objectives.March 28, 2017 @ 5:30 PMJoin BASIC and USGBC for an informative discussion about various innovations in investing in green buildings including the new Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) and Arc, a new technology venture to facilitate LEED Certification, the discussion will also include a brainstorming session on how USGBC and investors can work together to influence the market for sustainable buildings.March 26, 2017 @ 5:00 PMIn the last three decades, the role of a corporate citizenship professional has evolved. While many still operate in small teams, you have become experts at drawing on the ideas and information, expertise, effort, and financial support of your internal and external partners to advance your businesses, your communities, and our world. These networks are part of your broader ecosystem.
The ecosystems in which we operate create constraints and offer opportunities—coming from multiple directions and always in flux. These ecosystems will be the focus of our conference.March 23, 2017 @ 6:00 PMEncouraging and empowering people to act locally binds together the local fabric of a community. People build thriving communities when they invest locally. The entire community benefits when small businesses and investors recirculate their dollars in the local economy.
This is something we all hear too often- “shop local”, “think global, act local”. But how often do we apply this framework to our energy use? How often do we turn on our light switch without thinking about where it comes from? Local energy empowers communities to work together to make effective investments, leveraging the support and incentives offered by utilities and the state and federal governments. Join CABA for a panel discussion on moving capital to local energy projects and building up value in the local economy.March 21, 2017 @ 6:00 PMThe Conscious Capitalism Boston chapter will bring together a group of leaders to explore purpose – the definitive statement that every conscious business makes about the difference it’s trying to make in the world. In this interactive conversation, groups of leaders will talk about how that purpose comes into being, and how that purpose guides decision-making and behavior.February 25, 2017 @ 9:30 AMA great opportunity in February for those looking to build their expertise and skills in philanthropy, board governance and/or education nonprofit managementFebruary 23, 2017 @ 6:00 PMJoin New England Impact Investing Initiative on Thursday, Feb 23 from 6 - 8 pm at Goodwin LLP in the Seaport District. Hear from Willy Foote of Root Capital and Navjeet Bal of Social Finance before an open discussion about the challenges and opportunities of impact investing.January 27, 2017 @ 12:00 PMJoin Bob Massie for a brown-bag lunch discussion on climate change, democracy, and the way forward. Bob has just returned to the United States after several months in Europe, witnessing the renewable energy economy accelerate on that continent... and watching from afar as institutions are shaken back home.January 19, 2017 @ 5:30 PMPlease join us at UUA on January 19th at 5:30 pm for an open discussion about the election and what it means for SRI investors.January 19, 2017 @ 5:30 PMOur January event will be a departure from our usual meeting format. Rather than our traditional speaker/panel or networking events, we are hosting a roundtable discussion to process emotions and discuss new ideas in light of the changing political climate.December 13, 2016 @ 5:30 PMJoin us at MARKET Boston for our annual winter gathering on Tuesday, December 13. The more the merrier!December 8, 2016 @ 5:30 PMPlease join BASIC and our partners WISE Boston, Net Impact Boston, and Greentown Labs for a special end-of-year event on clean energy investment and the clean energy economy.December 1, 2016 @ 8:00 AMThe future of sustainability disclosure is here. At the SASB’s inaugural symposium, explore practical questions about the materiality of sustainability information and its relevance to the capital markets. Leave with a deeper understanding of how sustainability factors drive value and how to use sustainability information to inform corporate strategies or investment decisions. Don’t miss the only convening to explore the unique intersection between sustainability, finance, accounting, and law.December 1, 2016 @ 8:00 AMJoin Mercer and MSCI at 101 Federal Street in Boston on Thursday, December 1 to find out why institutional investors have shown increasing interest in responsible investment principles. Mercer and MSCI are co-hosting this breakfast event to give you the tools you need to address these questions in the context of your investment portfolio and move from intention toward implementation. Speakers will discuss generating value with ESG integration, as well as address common questions about responsible investing.November 17, 2016 @ 8:00 AMSustainable Investing is accelerating at a pace few would have anticipated when this seminar made its debut in 2013. Designed to help mainstream professionals navigate the explosion of approaches and increased client demand, this yearly event brings together thought leaders, practitioners, and asset owners to provide practical advice and share experience-based examples and insights.November 17, 2016 @ 8:00 AMSustainable Investing is accelerating at a pace few would have anticipated when this seminar made its debut in 2013. Designed to help mainstream professionals navigate the explosion of approaches and increased client demand, this yearly event brings together thought leaders, practitioners, and asset owners to provide practical advice and share experience-based examples and insights.November 16, 2016 @ 12:00 AMInterested in having an impact in your immediate community? In the global community? Interested in learning more about organizations in the Boston-area that create impact?November 14, 2016 @ 9:00 AMJoin corporate sustainability leaders to discover innovative tools, ideas and methodologies that capture tangible business value and translate it into corporate financial performance.November 2, 2016 @ 5:30 PMJoin us on November 2nd to learn about and discuss an innovative approach to transforming our society from an extractive economy to a regenerative, local, living economy. Chung-Wha Hong and Sara Mersha of Grassroots International will be joined by special guest Robert Zevin, Chairman and Founder of Zevin Asset Management LLC, to explore Climate Justice Solutions, a different kind of investment that advances a sustainable food system and develops resilient communities.November 1, 2016 @ 8:00 AMThe Intentional Endowments Network and Loyola University Chicago partnered to host a forum for colleges, universities and other mission-driven institutions to address how endowments can be positioned to create a more just, healthy and sustainable society.November 1, 2016 @ 12:00 AMLoyola University Chicago and the Intentional Endowments Network are hosting a forum to bring together decision-makers, including presidents, trustees, CFOs, CIOs, and other key stakeholders by invitation only to advance the conversation on endowment investing in the context of 21st century sustainability challenges.October 9, 2016 @ 9:00 AMJoin hundreds of global thought leaders at the 10th SUSTAINATOPIA CONFERENCE- taking place from October 9th-12th, 2016 at the Hyatt Boston Harbor.October 5, 2016 @ 6:00 PMUS SIF has invited BASIC members to a reception and discussion of its latest report on The Impact of Sustainable and Responsible Investment.October 5, 2016 @ 12:15 PMA Venture Exchange is a market for equity capital with less strict listing and regulatory rules to serve smaller and startup companies. The idea is that a lighter-regulatory touch would encourage more small, start-up companies to use the public markets to raise capital, in part to replace commercial banks who have reduced lending to these companies, in part in response to regulatory capital requirements.
A venture exchange in the US could make opportunities in new and emerging technologies and business models accessible to a larger pool of sustainable investors. The CFA Institute recently undertook a study and published a white paper on the opportunities and challenges such a venture market would face, as well as what such a market would need to offer investors, issuers, broker dealers and other parties in order for such a market to succeed.
As one of the country’s leading innovation hubs – especially in clean technology – Boston is an appropriate venue to examine venture exchanges.October 4, 2016 @ 6:00 PMTouted as the key to determining the best sustainability strategy, materiality assessments intimidate mere mortals trying to move their organization’s sustainability initiatives forward. Yet, those who have done them and live to tell the tale, say they are critical to gaining organizational alignment. Boston Area Sustainability Group has asked veterans of materiality assessments Asheen Phansey, Alyssa Caddle, and Jim McCabe to lead our discussion.September 19, 2016 @ 5:30 PMOver the past five years, Massachusetts has become the national incubator for social ventures, clean technologies, and innovative business solutions to climate change. The Climate Action Business Association has developed a new series of reports, Local Emerging Market Reports (LEMR) to offer a spotlight on further opportunities for leadership in the transition to a carbon free economy. The goal is to support local entrepreneurs, early adopters, investors, and others looking for market solutions to fuel the transition to a carbon free economy.
Join CABA and BASIC as we look at these reports from the perspective of sustainable and clean tech investors. Matt Patsky, CEO of Trillium Asset Management and David Miller, Executive Director of Clean Energy Venture Group will provide their perspective on the report and the future of sustainable investments in Massachusetts' local economy.
Report authors Michael Green and Kate Galbo from CABA will moderate the conversation and discuss how the reports can be used to fuel local investments.September 15, 2016 @ 8:30 AMSean Kidney, CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, will present on the latest ‘Bonds and Climate Change: State of the Market in 2016’ report, followed by a discussion on the role Boston-based investors can play in the development of the green bond market.July 20, 2016 @ 9:00 AMImpact investing conference to advance the impact investing discussion locally, regionally, and beyond: learn how to deploy capital to make a positive impact while still maximizing returns.July 14, 2016 @ 9:00 AMKey updates on hot topics in the impact investing space.June 15, 2016 @ 6:00 PMConscious Capitalist New England will host “Conscious Capitalism: A New Way Forward,” a panel discussion to be held as part of The Collaborative Boston Conference, a two-day conference for nonprofits that brings together social innovators to make change in the world.
Boston Cleantech PE and VC Investor Rob Day headlines BSAS Investing in Clean Energy breakfast June 9thJune 9, 2016 @ 8:00 AMClean Energy investments are central to meeting the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals agreed to by 190 nations at the COP21 meeting. Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects that the $500 billion per year already expected to be invested in renewable energy between 2015 and 2025 would increase to $800 billion per year to reach these targets.
Join us on Thursday, June 9th at the BSAS Investing in Clean Energy breakfast seminar, designed for investors – from high net worth individuals to large institutions – who see that this transformation in the global energy landscape is underway and want to understand how to participate. The seminar will provide investment professionals with an overview of the clean energy landscape and the investment opportunities available. Our subject matter experts will describe the opportunities currently available in the public markets and the private markets, and explain how innovations in technology and business models are shaping both current and future investment opportunities.June 8, 2016 @ 5:30 PMSummer is upon us! Please join us for the Annual BASIC Summer Social on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, beginning at 5:30pm. Location is once again at Market, 21 Broad Street in the Financial District. We'll be on their roof top bar!
Light refreshments will be provided and there will be a cash bar. Please register here so we can plan for appetizers.
All are welcome! Bring a friend and spread the word about sustainable, responsible, and impact investing.May 23, 2016 @ 12:00 PMMass Energy Consumer Alliance's Spring Green Power Bootcamp for a crash-course on how the green power market works and how to get to a greener grid faster. Attendees will walk away with a clear, actionable plan to make the green electricity choice: for yourself, your organization, or with your community.May 18, 2016 @ 5:30 PMTHE FOOD AGENDA: The Impact and Investment Opportunities Created by Federal Dietary Guidelines
When the The US Department of Health and Human Services collaborate every 5 years to create the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, there is a lot to consider. What is the best nutrition guidance available? How does the health and sustainability of our nation's food system play a role? Is it possible to set guidelines that are immune of the influence of special interests and politicians?
Join us for a discussion on the construction, impact, and opportunities created by the Federal Dietary Guidelines and how they influence national food systems.
RSVP on Eventbrite.April 25, 2016 @ 5:30 PMJoin us for an event hosted with Mass Energy.
Larry Chretien, executive director of the Mass Energy Consumers Alliance (Mass Energy), will provide an update on progress the Commonwealth is making towards its legally binding commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80% by 2050.
RSVP on Eventbrite.
Christiana Figueres at UMass Boston - Lifting the Billions: The Intersection of Climate and Development PolicyApril 6, 2016 @ 5:30 PMThe University of Massachusetts Boston Sustainable Solutions Lab Speaker Series is pleased to host Christiana Figueres on April 6th.
As executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres was a linchpin in solidifying the Paris Agreement in December 2015. She will reflect on how this universal agreement can be a turning point in global economic, energy, environment, and development policy, and a catalyst for bringing the poor out of poverty worldwide.March 7, 2016 @ 5:30 PMAssessing various approaches to ESG integration is becoming more complex as the range of ESG strategies increases. Join Jon Hale, Director of Manager Research at Morningstar, and Diederik Timmer, Executive Vice President at Sustainalytics as they share their observations on developments related to manager and fund evaluations by asset owners, advisors, and consultants, and provide insight about their firms’ recent partnership to offer sustainability ratings on mutual funds and ETFs.January 20, 2016 @ 5:30 PMJoin Sue Reid and Anne Kelly of Ceres, along with Boston Common Asset Management's President Geeta Aiyer, as they discuss their experiences attending the world's most important meeting on climate, COP 21, held in Paris in December 2015.December 14, 2015 @ 12:00 PMHave you heard? “ESG no longer has cooties!”
Register on Eventbrite for this brown bag lunch discussion with US SIF.November 19, 2015 @ 7:30 AM
Over 120 professionals attended last fall's 2nd BSAS Sustainable Investing seminar. That explosive growth reflected not just increased client interest in sustainable investing products, but also growing client expectations that investment managers will apply sustainable investing principles and practices throughout their business.
Our 3rd annual BSAS Sustainable Investing seminar is designed to help mainstream and sustainable investment professionals alike navigate these challenges and successfully respond using the tools of our profession. We have assembled industry thought leaders, practitioners and asset owners to share their knowledge and experience.November 9, 2015 @ 5:30 PMTrailblazers and Boston-area initiatives will feature as expert speakers share compelling stories about failures as well as successes in the impact investing space, speaking frankly about the challenges as well as the rewards.
RSVP on Eventbrite.October 22, 2015 @ 5:30 PMThe panel discussion on the relationship between inequality, Sustainable Development Goals, and investing will be moderated by BASIC's own Carly Greenberg and will include panelists from MFS Investment Management (Rob Wilson), and Zevin Asset Management (Sonia Kowal). RSVP on Eventbrite.October 1, 2015 @ 4:30 PMHosted by Ceres, this session will focus on how global investors are integrating environmental, social and governance and water analysis in their portfolio management and engagement processes.September 24, 2015 @ 5:30 PMSeptember 17, 2015 @ 9:00 AM“Environmental Risk in the Diversified Chemicals Industry,” a presentation of key findings and engagement opportunities from CDP’s latest sectorial research report “Back to the Laboratory: Are global chemical companies innovating for a low-carbon future?”