Our commitment to positive change is reflected in our advocacy, how we operate the company, and the 1% of gross revenue that we donate to worthwhile local and national charitable organizations. Our commitment to evolving corporate behavior revolves around our shareholder advocacy efforts, while our passion for protecting citizens from harm is embodied in our public policy efforts with regulators and Congress. This report includes examples of our work in 2016.
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- Christopher Peck: Location. Now More Than Ever
- Eric Smith: Hey, Get That Oil Mess Out of My Money
- Carrie Van Winkle: Butterfly or Honeybee in Your Money Life?
- Evan Quirk-Garvan: Pollinators: Essential Natural Investment
- Malaika Maphalala: Conversations fro 2016 Social Capital Markets Conference
- Scott Secrest: Low “Natural Rate” of Interest
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- Michael Kramer: SEC Begins Requiring Government Payments Disclosure
- Christopher Peck: Please Don’t Buy a Second Home
- Scott Secrest: A View on the British Referendum & Globalization
- Jim Cummings: Highlights from the Resilient Investor Blog
- Evan Quick-Garvan: Craft Beer & Microbreweries
NI Newsletter Summer 2016 (pdf 3.4Mb)
- Michael Kramer: The IRS and Department of Labor Encourage SRI!
- Christopher Peck: Not Why but How You Should Buy a House
- Scott Secrest: The Wages Balancing Act
- Malaika Maphalala: Explaining the CPWA Certification
- James Frazier: The Beginning of the End for Fossil Fuels?
- Carrie Van Winkle: The Reluctant Inheritor
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- Christopher Peck: Deep Retrofits, Broad Paybacks
- Scott Secrest: Worries About the Global Market Bring Volatility to Stocks
- Malaika Maphalala: Kaua’i Island’s Utility Cooperative Shows Us How it’s Done
- Greg Garvan: End of Life Planning
- Carrie B. VanWinkle: How to Move Forward
- Brady Quirk-Garvan: Shareholder Resolutions
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- Michael Kramer: Pulling Back the Curtain on Political Donations
- Christopher Peck: Time for Climate Adaptation?
- Scott Secrest: Markets Slow as Fed Considers Rate Hike
- James Frazier: New Insights on SRI Performance
- Carrie B. VanWinkle: Factoring in Peace of Mind
- Jim Cummings: Come Socialize with The Resilient Investor
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For the second time, Natural Investments has been recognized by the nonprofit B Labs as among the top companies in the world for its overall social and environmental impact. Each year, B Labs rates Certified B Corporations on a comprehensive array of 200 metrics measuring corporate impact on workers, consumers, suppliers, community, and the environment; those whose scores rate in the top 10% of all companies receive the Best for the World designation. Natural Investments’ Managing Partner Michael Kramer notes, “Our clients walk their talk with their investments, so it makes sense for us to operate our company with attention to high social, environmental, and governance standards.”
This year’s 120 honorees come from 49 different industries, ranging from manufacturing and telecommunications to pharmaceuticals and finance. 44 of the companies are based outside the US, including several operating in emerging markets such as Afghanistan, The Republic of Korea, and Brazil. (Full list at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net)
“Today’s honorees inspire all companies to compete not only to be best in the world, but best for the world. We hope many will take the first step by using the B Impact Assessment to measure and manage their impact with as much rigor as their profit,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder of B Lab. Each honored company is a Certified B Corporation. These companies use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are over 1,200 Certified B Corporations, across 121 industries and 38 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business. Any company can measure and manage social and environmental performance at bimpactassessment.net.