Posts featuring Julie Gorte, Ph.D. as author

August 31, 2017

Investor Activism and Board Diversity

A new paper from the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) and Institutional Shareholder Services examines how shareholder activism affects board composition and refreshment.
June 7, 2017

Where are Climate Risks and Opportunities? Everywhere.

The earth’s climate is becoming warmer because of things we (humans) have done. Since the climate, along with the atmosphere and water, forms the infrastructure of our lives, climate change will affect us pervasively.
June 1, 2017

Irving, Washington, and Paris: Three Ring Circus

This week, the owners of more than 62 percent of ExxonMobil’s shares voted in favor of a resolution instructing the company to report to shareholders on […]
March 13, 2017

Tax Reform? Let’s Make It a Carbon Tax

We often use the term “underwater” to describe money-losing investments in finance. That may not be a euphemism for long. Of the world’s 15 largest stock exchanges, all but four are in coastal cities, and all could face the prospect of literally being submerged underwater as sea levels rise.
March 1, 2017

The Value of ESG Information in Financial Markets

What makes for an efficient financial market? Any market participant could probably list ten things without burning a calorie, but one thing that would probably make everyone’s list is information. Financial markets need information in order to work efficiently.
February 15, 2017

Making a Positive Impact: The State of ESG Advocacy and Engagement

Sustainability advocacy and engagement is aimed at long-term outcomes and specifically targets ESG factors.
February 5, 2017

The Business Case for Gender Equality

Across the globe, with few exceptions, women are underrepresented in management, on corporate boards, and in better-paid technical professions. They are paid less than men for substantially equal work.
February 1, 2017

Sustainability is Alive and Well – and Moving Forward

For those of us committed to sustainability, 2016 was a year of drama. There were some great highs, including the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, in which most countries committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And then there was the election, which brought climate skeptics into senior Administration positions.
December 1, 2016

Invest like a Girl

Warren Buffett invests like a girl. What? Doesn'’t everyone know that men are better investors than women?1
August 1, 2016

Why Diversity and Equality Should Go Hand in Hand

Equality is one of those concepts that sounds simple (and should be simple), but in reality is quite complex. The same goes for diversity. And the real trick is not in achieving one or the other, but both.