Archive - May 2014

May
15
2014

Values-Alignment: a provocation. Part II

Just a few days ago, I blogged about values the impact quotient in values-aligning portfolios. The next day, Stanford announced that its endowment would henceforth eliminate coal exposure from all of its investments. And this morning, a somewhat confrontational New York Times Op-Ed by Professor Ivo Welch (Why Divestment Fails) argued that screening one's portfolio has basically zero effect on corporate behavior.

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May
7
2014

Values-Alignment: a provocation

Organizations like First Affirmative Financial Network define themselves by marketing values aligned mutual funds. Bulge-bracket banks like Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley have constructed elaborate marketing campaigns on the notion of “values based investing”. Enterprises ranging from Confluence Philanthropy to the numerous purveyors of public market SRI/ESG data (think of MSCI KLD, Sustainalytics, HIP or the FTSE4Good) see values-alignment as central to their business models. Even asset managers like Trillium and Walden, both bright stars in the SRI firmament, rely on the concept of values-alignment to compete for market share and inspire their clients.

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