Canadian Responsible Investment Conference Panel: Aboriginal Communities and Extractives Industy
Conflict between Aboriginal communities and resource companies can and does happen. And there is no shortage of high profile examples, whether it’s Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, Barrick’s Pascua-Lama mine in Chile or lawsuits brought against Hudbay for alleged human rights violations in Guatemala. But there is another side to this story. In some cases, Aboriginal communities and extractives companies are charting a new path.
On Monday, June 17, at the Canadian Responsible Investment Conference in Vancouver, Bob Walker
, Vice President NEI Ethical Funds, will host a conversation among a panel of experts on the tools being used and the steps now being taken toward collaboration, cooperation and mutually beneficial agreements.
PRI-CDC Academic Network Conference
The PRI Initiative, the Groupe Caisse des Dépôts and the Chaire Finance Durable et Investissement Responsable are pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Academic Conference on Responsible Investment, to be held 13-15 November 2013 at CDC’s headquarters in Paris.
As in previous years the first day will be a Student Symposium, dedicated to the latest new research by Ph.D students. The main conference will be held on the 14th and 15th of November and will consist of plenaries and smaller panel sessions. As this is an international event, this will be a unique opportunity for academics, students, and investment professionals to hear the latest findings, communicate priorities for future research and to network with each other.
Globe and Mail: Ottawa Throws its Weight Behind Social Investing
The Conservative government is throwing its support behind social-impact bonds – an experiment that rewards private investors for putting cash toward social causes.
The government on Monday released a list of projects that could be financed in this way, such as programs to build housing for people with disabilities, reduce recidivism among young offenders or encourage more young aboriginals to learn a skilled trade. Ottawa said it will work with interested groups toward launching projects.
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Call for Papers (Open): The Journal of Environmental Investing 2013
The Journal of Environmental Investing (the JEI; www.thejei.com) is now accepting papers, commentaries, opinion pieces, and book reviews for publication. The JEI promotes intellectually rigorous discourse at the intersection of investing and the environment and is particularly interested in publishing original papers on the following investment-related themes:
Papers in the following areas of interest are also considered for publication:
- Sustainable property, including but not limited to:
- Analyzing the challenges of sustainable property development and management
- Defining and developing both existing and new sustainable properties
- Developing rules, collecting data, and marketing best practices for investment and environmental gains
- Water, including but not limited to:
- Water and wastewater infrastructure
- Managing water risks and addressing supply chain challenges
- Guaranteeing long-term access to clean fresh water worldwide
Special consideration will be given to papers that address macro trends redefining the global investment sphere, such as the growing economic and industrial importance of emerging markets, as well as the continuing trends of resource scarcity and degradation. The editors welcome inquiries about manuscript ideas.For additional information and specific guidelines and instructions for making submissions, please go to http://www.thejei.com. Contributors are required to register for the open-access and free Journal of Environment Investing. Abstracts and papers will be accepted only through the web site. The JEI approaches scholarship collaboratively; they aspire to fulfill the needs of their diverse readership. Suggestions for new themes, syntheses, guest editors,or reviewers are welcome. The Editorial Board at the JEI is committed to the highest scholarly standards and looks forward to incorporating your ideas in their upcoming issues.
- Clean technologies, including energy storage and efficiency
- Land use, land use change, and forestry
- Carbon and greenhouse gases
Save the Date: Canadian Responsible Investment Conference to be held June 17-19, 2013 in Vancouver, BC
The Canadian Responsible Investment Conference is the only national event devoted to socially responsible investing. Of particular interest to institutional investors, financial advisors, investment trustees, portfolio managers, SRI fund representatives and ESG researchers and consultants, the conference continues to grow in attendance each year.
The theme this year is "Engaging for Change". The conference committee and their sponsors have developed an exciting line-up of speakers and topics, and again this year, will offer a series of intensive sessions on Tuesday morning. There will be plenty of opportunity to meet SRI industry participants, discuss the most pressing industry issues, learn from industry thought leaders and promote your organization's product and service offerings.
Impact Investing: Maximizing Social Impacts Through Ethical Capital; What’s Possible?
Impact investing, which aims to generate meaningful social impacts while also achieving a financial return is a rapidly growing global industry. Impact investors, including high-net worth individuals, banks, foundations, and non-profits, are driven by ethics. What can this approach to mobilizing capital deliver to communities? Drawing on the findings of a recent international study for the Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Edward Jackson
will examine the potential, limits and prospects of this emerging field of practice, and discuss its application in the Atlantic region.
Ethics in Finance - Robin Cosgrove Prize 2012-2013
The mission of the Ethics in Finance - Robin Cosgrove Prize is to stimulate a global reflection on ethics in finance. Through the website, the Prize creates an international conversation on the sustainable future of the finance sector and insurance based on strong ethical awareness and commitment to integrity.
The Prize makes awards for creative, unpublished papers setting out innovative ideas for promoting ethics in finance. By encouraging young professionals to examine their attitudes, ideas and behaviour, the Prize has achieved a truly global presence and is a remarkable instrument for promoting sustainable measures for ethics in all aspects of finance.