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GIIRS Will Make More Money Flow to Good by Kevin Jones

August 21st, 2009  |  Source: Huffington Post

A bridge is about to open up that will make things easier but safer for people who want make their investments consistent with their values. Just like a bridge makes traveling between two islands easier, the new rating system to be unveiled at Socap09 will be like taking a train instead of having to paddle through choppy waters.


The Promise of Private-label Media

August 11th, 2009  |  Source: http://www.strategy-business.com/resilience/rr0007...

The growing popularity of private-label media is one of the more provocative developments in today’s marketing and media ecosystem. Every marketer, advertising agency, and media company needs to know its benefits, and, just as important, its implications for the industry.


Does shareholder gain mean loss for society?

August 7th, 2009

Back in March the FT reported that Jack Welch, the former chief of General Electric and champion of shareholder value since the 1980s, had declared the idea that company managers should concentrate on it to be ‘dumb’. His apparent conversion prompts one to ask how different interpretations of shareholder value might influence business behavior, and what might be the economic, social and political implications of that.


Goldman Sachs faces probe

August 7th, 2009

No one should be surprised that Goldman Sachs has been asked by regulators for information regarding its compensation practices and its derivatives practices. Chances are that all banks have been asked for similar information. Goldman Sachs’ said it is cooperating with regulators, which were not specifically named, in a recent SEC filing, according to the AP.


Anger at Goldman Sachs?

July 21st, 2009  |  Source: New York Times

Jim Kim of FierceMarkets asks:

Is there any resentment simmering out in the public over Wall Street’s return to big earnings and big bonuses?

Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News commentator, likened Goldman Sachs bankers to pigs during a segment on his TV show. “You’ve got to make an example of the big boy,” he said. “And this is the big boy.”

Jon Stewart said this: “Goldman Sachs makes $3.4 billion in profit from April to June. I guess the bailouts are working, for Goldman Sachs.”


CALPERS to sue credit agencies over ratings

July 16th, 2009

Calpers vs Credit Ratings



The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, Calpers, has launched a law suit against the ratings agencies Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch.

Full Story at FT Alphaville:




Activist Shareowners Tally Victories in 2009 Proxy Season

June 30th, 2009

Following the “The catastrophic collapse in governance” in 2008; the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and the As You Sow Foundation report successful shareowner efforts on resolutions addressing corporate governance, the environment, and human rights. See Social Funds’ coverage here:http://www.socialfunds.com/news/article.cgi/article2724.html


Serious doubts about the new Chairman of GM

June 15th, 2009

By Scott McKain, co-founder of The Value Added Institute

If my very future depended upon selecting a single person to sink just one basketball shot, I’m picking Michael Jordan.  If my life hung in the balance, and one individual from our history had to present an oration that would determine my survival, I would beg Martin Luther King to speak on my behalf.


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