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NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Major Pension Funds Still Funding Deforestation
Friends of the Earth and As You Sow create a free online database to help educate individual investors about which retirement funds continue to invest in companies engaged in deforestation for palm oil production.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Financing Food Justice a Priority for ICCR Members
Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility commemorated the recent World Food Day by calling for sustainable food systems and palm oil sourcing.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
ConAgra Joins Movement to Eliminate Deforestation
Green Century Capital Management and the New York State Common Retirement Fund withdraw a shareowner resolution after the packaged food giant agrees to eliminate palm oil suppliers engaged in deforestation from its supply chain.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Indigenous Rights Help Prevent Deforestation
A report by the World Resources Institute and the Rights and Resources Initiative concludes that autonomous decision-making by native peoples results in improved community benefits and greater carbon storage.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
General Mills to Report on Supply Chain Emissions
The company agrees to report on and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain, joins Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy, and becomes a signatory to the Climate Declaration.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD & BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Investors Applaud Palm Oil Sourcing Policy Announced by Smucker's
Clean Yield Asset Management and Green Century Capital Management withdraw shareowner resolution after company commits to environmental protection by sourcing only deforestation-free palm oil.

BOOK REVIEW: BOOK REVIEW | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Book Review: The Sixth Extinction: an Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert
The New Yorker staff writer travels through space and time to assert that a mass extinction is underway, this time at the hands of human agency. Second in a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Third National Climate Assessment Published
In its new report, the US Global Change Research Program asserts that the effects of climate change have already become a present day concern, and announces the launch of a website to help Americans receive reliable scientific information.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD INDUSTRY
Kellogg's Commits to Deforestation-Free Palm Oil
Green Century Capital Management withdraws shareowner resolution after the food processing company agrees to source only deforestation-free palm oil by next year.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Price Externalities, Report Tells Companies and Investors
A new analysis from Trucost estimates that unpriced externalities cost the global economy at least $7.3 trillion per year, and finds that no companies in high impact sectors would be profitable if they had to account for environmental costs.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Dole Hit with Lawsuit Alleging Environmental Destruction
The Seattle-based law firm Hagens Berman files a lawsuit against Dole for knowingly purchasing bananas from growers whose operations have destroyed wetlands and poisoned water sources with pesticides in Guatemala.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Court in Ecuador Approves Seizure of Chevron Assets
Chevron says it will appeal decision clearing the way for seizure of $200 million of assets in Ecuador as payment toward a $19 billion judgment for environmental damage in the country.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
BankTrack not Satisfied with new Draft of Equator Principles
While acknowledging that the new draft is an improvement, the Netherlands-based NGO finds insufficient commitments by signatory banks to transparency, human rights, and climate change mitigation.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Certified Coffee to be on Menu at Smucker's
A resolution from Calvert Investments and Trillium Asset Management, supported by 30% of shareowners in 2011, is withdrawn after Smucker's agrees to targets for purchases of certified coffee.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Rio+20 Ends without Binding Agreements
Sustainable investors who consider regulatory action to be essential are likely to be disappointed by the absence of agreements addressing climate change and corporate reporting.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING |
More Stakeholders Call for Meaningful Action at Rio+20
The International Institute for Environment and Development outlines a three-point plan to ensure that government negotiators account for the needs of local communities through sufficient aid and realistic valuation of natural capital.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Concerns Grow over Slow Pace of Sustainable Development
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development publishes a report in advance of next month's Rio+20 Conference, warning that a radical adaptation in the use of natural capital is required.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Race Between Sustainability and Over-Consumption Continues
The third annual MIT survey of corporate executives suggests that sustainability is increasingly a management agenda item, while a report from WWF finds that global consumption patterns are still unsustainable.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
UNDP Reports on Outlook for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific
Exploring both widespread poverty and the impacts of climate change on the region, the report warns that the private sector and other stakeholders must act in order to galvanize government action.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | DEFORESTATION
Corporate Disclosure of Forest Footprints Is Improving
The Forest Footprint Disclosure Project publishes its third annual survey of voluntary corporate disclosure of risks and opportunities associated with forest risk commodities.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Ecuadorian Court Upholds $18 Billion Judgment Against Chevron
In addition to upholding the judgment for environmental damages in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, the court also criticized Chevron's efforts to undermine the trial.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
What Happened at COP17?
Negotiators leave Durban without a plan to stop climate change but with an agreement to pursue a binding pact, and investors look for signs that support increased investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Global Emissions Break Records in 2010
Scientists at the Global Carbon Project find that despite a persistent economic downturn, emissions from burning fossil fuels increased 5.9% in 2010 and reached highest level recorded in at least the last 800,000 years

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT |FORESTRY
Media Company Launches Carbon Offsets Portal
REDDcarbonCredits seeks to inform sustainable investors about carbon offsets to decrease deforestation, which is responsible for 20% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Shareowner Support for Environmental Resolutions Continues to Grow
Tracking by Ceres of this year's environmental resolutions reveals that the average support for hydraulic fracturing proposals increased to 40% in 2011, up from 30% in 2010.

INTERVIEW: STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
Michael Conroy on Activist Campaigns and the Certification Revolution
SocialFunds writer Bill Baue speaks with Michael Conroy about his new book, Branded! How the “Certification Revolution” is Transforming Global Companies

NEWS STORY: Environment
Growing Up Green: Winslow Offers New Mid-Cap Green Mutual Fund
As the green market place expands, Winslow launches a mutual fund to capitalize on middle-sized growth companies that offer green solutions.

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Biofuels: Keeping Good Intentions on the Right Path
With the biofuels industry growing by leaps and bounds worldwide, controversy is erupting over whether this important new energy source is truly as sustainable as it claims to be.

NEWS STORY:
Ecosystem Depletion Presents Businesses with Risks and Opportunities
Four prominent environmental and business organizations report on the business risks and opportunities associated with ecosystem crises such as climate change and water scarcity.

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Shareowners Push TimeWarner on Movies Depicting Smoking, Recycled Paper, and Pay Disparity
Part two of this two-part article documents steps forward made by TimeWarner, as well as areas where shareowner activists continue to press for progress.

NEWS STORY:
Missouri Farmers Union Credit Union Supports Sustainability in Low-Income Rural Areas
The new credit union supports cooperative entrepreneurial models that advance social responsibility and environmental sustainability in low-income agricultural regions.

NEWS STORY:
Winslow and Jupiter Launch Global Green Fund Using Only Positive Environmental Criteria
The Jupiter Green Investment Trust pioneers cross-continent collaboration and evolution from negative screening to positive sustainability criteria.

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Ecological Community Loan Pool Directly Links Ecologically Minded Investors to Eco-Preneurs
The portal created by Ecostructure Financial tweaks the community development financial institution model to allow investors to lend directly to startups solving environmental problems.

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US Banks Sink to the Bottom of the Barrel on Latest Sustainability Ratings from Oekom
Most US banks fail to disclose enough information on their social and environmental performance to qualify for analysis, and only four of 21 analyzed earned above D-level grades.

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SEC Forces Chevron, Dow, and CVS to Include Shareowner Resolutions on Their Proxies
Part two of this two-part article examines no-action activity thus far in the 2006 proxy season, focusing on attempts to apply the personal grievance rule and expand a new risk assessment rule.

NEWS STORY:
Resolution Withdrawals Signal Success in Shareowner Advocacy Early in 2006 Proxy Season
Part one of this two-part article examines withdrawal of resolutions on climate change, sexual orientation nondiscrimination, political contributions, and HIV/AIDS policies.

NEWS STORY:
Two New Indexes Help Wean Us From Oil Addiction Via Clean Energy and Cleantech
The WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index tracks clean energy companies internationally, while the Cleantech Index tracks cleantech companies in the US.

NEWS STORY:
A Light Bulb Turns On: Goldman Sachs First Investment Bank to Adopt Environmental Policy
The policy matches the robustness of other such policies recently adopted by global financial institutions, but the status of Goldman Sachs as an investment bank brings added significance.

NEWS STORY:
Wal-Mart Embraces Sustainability: Does the SRI Community Buy It?
Socially responsible investors cautiously applaud Wal-Mart for committing to social and environmental sustainability, but remain highly skeptical about actual implementation.

NEWS STORY:
New Study Shows Benefits of Sustainable Forestry Certification
Third-party verification leads to measurable improvements in the protection of forests, wildlife, and stakeholder rights.

NEWS STORY:
Virgin Trees in Kleenex: Greenpeace Lambasts Kimberly-Clark Fiber Sourcing
Between 15 and 30 percent of K-C tissue products fiber originates from the Canadian Boreal Forest, according to a Greenpeace report, and only 19 percent of its fiber is recycled.

NEWS STORY:
JPMorgan Chase Environmental Policy Triggers Tipping Point for US Bank Sustainability
The JPMC policy surpasses environmental best practice established by Citigroup and Bank of America in some areas, but also lags these sustainability leaders in others.

NEWS STORY:
Weyerhaeuser To Screen Shareholder Questions at Annual Meeting Tomorrow
Shifting from the standard open-mic Question and Answer format, the CEO will act as gatekeeper for shareholder questions, a practice viewed by shareholders as restricting their rights.

NEWS STORY:
Comparing Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase Policies: Which Stems Illegal Logging in Indonesia?
Before providing funding, financial institution policies requiring documentation certifying legitimate timber sourcing may help promote sustainable logging in Southeast Asia.

NEWS STORY:
Latin American Forest Products Company Illustrates Best Practice Sustainability Reporting
Terranova issues its second Global Reporting Initiative-based sustainability report, exhibiting many exemplary practices such as stakeholder engagement and external verification.

NEWS STORY:
How Sustainable Is the Asia Pulp & Paper Sustainability Action Plan?
WWF Indonesia calls off its partnership with Asia Pulp & Paper after the company fails to implement commitments to end sourcing of illegal timber (part three of a three-part article.)

NEWS STORY:
Indonesian Forestry and International Finance Move Toward Sustainability
A profile of Asia Pulp and Paper and ABN AMRO focusing on their efforts to reverse environmental, social, and financial devastation through sustainable practices (part two of a three-part article).

NEWS STORY:
How Unsustainable Forestry Practices in Indonesia Impact Sustainable Practice in the US
Part one of a three-part article exploring the complex global relationship between sustainable and unsustainable forestry practices.

NEWS STORY:
Are the Equator Principles Sincere or Spin?
A report calls into question whether signatory banks are complying with the Equator Principles.

NEWS STORY:
New Bank of America Policy Sets Best Practice on Climate Change in US Bank Sector
Environmentalist organization Rainforest Action Network helps usher Bank of America into the vanguard of US banks improving their environmental responsibility.

NEWS STORY:
Shareowner Resolution Withdrawn as JP Morgan Chase Addresses Environmental Risks
A group of socially responsible investment advocates withdrew a shareowner resolution from JP Morgan Chase when the company established an office of environmental affairs.

NEWS STORY:
Shareowner Resolution Calls Costco on Cultural Crimes in Mexican Site Development
Shareowners express concern that Costco, which demolished a culturally significant site in Mexico to build a store, may be demolishing its reputation in the process.

NEWS STORY:
Boise's Plan to End Old Growth Harvesting: Trend-Setting or Too-Little, Too-Late?
Boise Cascade bans logging old growth forests in the US and deters it elsewhere, but other companies may not jump on this bandwagon if its time has already passed.

NEWS STORY:
UN to Hold Corporations More Responsible for Human Rights and the Environment
A UN sub-commission adopted a resolution calling for transnational corporations to be held more accountable for human rights protection and environmental stewardship.

NEWS STORY:
National Wildlife Federation and Amnesty International USA Embrace SRI
Two well-known advocacy organizations have made a commitment to lowering the wall between their program activities and their investments.

NEWS STORY:
Prince Albert of Monaco Helps Launch a New Sustainability Fund
Instead of investing directly in equities, this new "fund of funds" from Monaco invests in SRI and sustainability funds.

NEWS STORY:
Green Banking
Ten exemplary "green banking" enterprises were honored recently, highlighting the growth of environment-friendly community investing.

NEWS STORY:
Sierra Club Launches SRI Mutual Funds
The Sierra Club is harnessing its name recognition and expertise on corporate environmental performance with its launching of an SRI equity mutual fund and an SRI balanced mutual fund.

NEWS STORY:
Staples Commits to Recycled Paper
Spurred by social investors and environmental groups, Staples announces an environment-friendly paper procurement policy.

NEWS STORY:
New Tool Quantifies Corporate Environmental Performance
London-based TruCost launched a single-framework rating tool that allows for a quantitative comparison of companies' environmental performance.

NEWS STORY:
Rio + 10 Series: Business Action Addressing Biodiversity is a Rare Species
The Center for Environmental Leadership in Business’ Energy and Biodiversity Initiative represents one of very few business actions that support biodiversity conservation.

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Rio + 10 Series: Two UNEP Reports Chart Past, Present, and Future Course of Sustainable Development
Assessments of the progress since the Rio Summit guide the blueprints for the Johannesburg Summit.

NEWS STORY:
Investment Partnership Has SRI Mandate
The Global Environment Fund Group manages four funds and is a majority owner of a South Africa-based forestry company.

NEWS STORY:
Rio + 10 Series: A Brief History of the Earth Summits--From Rio to Johannesburg
SocialFunds.com presents a historical snapshot of the Rio Summit and surveys some significant developments leading up to the Johannesburg Summit. (the second in a series of articles leading up to the Johannesburg Summit)

NEWS STORY:
Aquatic Cellulose Uses Robotic Technology to Harvest Trees Underwater
Canadian company offers an environment-friendly alternative to traditional forestry and a socially responsible alternative to other forms of underwater tree harvesting.

NEWS STORY:
Rio + 10 Series: A Brief History of the Earth Summits--From Stockholm to Rio
SocialFunds.com examines the significant events, theories, and people that contributed to the first two global summits on human interaction with the environment. (the first in a series of articles leading up to the Johannesburg Summit.)

NEWS STORY:
WILD Awards Reward Socially and Environmentally Responsible Advertising
The Third Annual WILD Awards recognized companies, ad agencies, and individuals that support wild animals and nature in their marketing.

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Companies Skirt Disclosure of Environmental Liabilities
New study echoes social investors' call for the SEC to strengthen its rules regarding corporate disclosure of environmental liabilities.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review: Eco-Economy
Pioneering environmentalist Lester R. Brown fuses ecological consciousness into economics to create "eco-economy," an economic system that would preserve natural resources while continuing to generate wealth.

NEWS STORY:
Swiss Insurance Company Invests in Sustainability
The reinsurance giant Swiss Re supports sustainability not only in its business practices but also in its investments, and has one portfolio committed exclusively to sustainability.

NEWS STORY:
UK Bank Offers Green Mortgages
Financial institution efforts to be more environment-friendly are proving popular with customers.

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GEMI Elevates Environmental Consciousness from the Bottom to the Top Line
The Global Environmental Management Initiative releases a new report promoting environment-friendly methods of enhancing corporate performance.

NEWS STORY:
Dutch Banks Act to Save Tropical Rainforest
Three major Dutch banks have announced they will restrict loans for palm oil plantation development in Indonesia that results in tropical rainforest destruction.

NEWS STORY:
EPA Program Recognizes Better Corporate Environmental Performance
Performance Track motivates and rewards businesses that exceed EPA's environmental standards.

NEWS STORY:
Norm Thompson Outfitters Dedicated to Greener Catalogs
Norm Thompson Outfitters' partnership with Alliance for Environmental Innovation results in the use of recycled paper in all of their catalogs.

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Religious Leaders Address Staples Shareowners
Letter presented at annual meeting urges office product retailer to increase use of post-consumer recycled paper in its products.

NEWS STORY:
Labor Standards Resolutions Garner Support in 2001 Proxy Season
Ten international labor and human rights proposals that came to vote this year received 10 percent or more support from shareowners.

NEWS STORY:
Companies Using NAFTA to Undermine Legitimate Regulations
New report explains how the U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments' ability to regulate in the public interest is being eroded by NAFTA's Chapter 11.

NEWS STORY:
Magazine Industry Is Wasting Forests
New study finds magazines use almost no recycled paper and publishers have an incentive to overproduce wastefully.

NEWS STORY:
Winslow Launches New Green Mutual Fund
The Winslow Green Growth Fund will seek small- and mid-cap companies with superior environmental performance.

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Major UK Fund Manager to Require Environmental Reporting
Institutional investors are increasingly seeing the need for environmental disclosure.

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Environmental Groups Endorse Shareholder Resolutions
Environmental advocates ask for support for pro-environmental resolutions at a wide range of companies.

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Shopping for Responsibility
Internet site is helping consumers base shopping decisions on values.

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Top Ten Wood Product Companies Could Help Make Global Sustainable Forestry a Reality
A new World Wildlife Fund report states that the largest wood processors and buyers could tip the balance toward sustainable management of the world's forests.

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