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BICEP Member Patagonia Launches Vote the Environment Campaign
The apparel company campaigns to overcome voter apathy in the US in order to elect officials who will support replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy. - (10/20/14)
Fossil Fuel Companies Failing to Integrate Risk
Research by the Carbon Tracker Initiative reveals that while most fossil fuel companies acknowledge climate change as a risk, very few are integrating climate risks into project and capital expenditure assessments. - (10/18/14)
Founder of Hope Credit Union Receives 2014 Ned Gramlich Award for Responsible Finance
Bill Bynum, CEO of the Mississippi-based Hope Credit Union, is awarded for his efforts to advance economic opportunity in low-income communities. - (10/17/14)
Is Child Labor in Uzbekistan Cotton Fields Decreasing?
As You Sow's Responsible Sourcing Network reports that Tesco, the world's second largest retailer, has signed the Cotton Pledge and will avoid the use of cotton sourced from Uzbekistan until child labor is eliminated. - (10/16/14)
Investors Call for Oil and Gas Methane Regulation
In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, investors with more than $300 billion in assets under management call for regulation of methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. - (10/13/14)
Only 10% of Distressed Asset Stabilization Loans Require Neighborhood Stabilization
A report by the Center for American Progress finds some benefits to homeowners in the Federal Housing Agency program, but recommends that many more be included in the Neighborhood Stabilization pool. Second of a two-part series. - (10/10/14)
Federal Program Helps Wall Street, not Homeowners
Distressed mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration are being sold to the highest bidder without regard to neighborhood stabilization. First of a two-part series. - (10/08/14)
Coal Keeps Getting Riskier for Investors
The Carbon Tracker Initiative projects that as the demand for coal exports slows in China, $112 billion in planned future coal mine expansion and development is at risk of losing money. - (10/05/14)
$50 Million to be Invested in Sustainable Agriculture
Community Capital Management commits to investing $50 million of fixed income investments in sustainable agriculture initiatives. - (10/04/14)
Institutional Investors Pledge to Disclose Carbon Footprint of Portfolios
Signatories to the Montreal Pledge, launched at last week's UN Climate Summit, will measure and disclose the carbon footprint of their investment portfolios on an annual basis. - (10/01/14)
Maybe Some Good Things Came out of Climate Summit
Business commitments on deforestation and renewable energy are not enough to overcome government inaction and the resolve of the fossil fuel industry to burn all its assets and explore for more. - (09/30/14)
Voluntary Corporate Disclosure of Political Spending Improves
The fourth annual CPA-Zicklin Index, which tracks voluntary disclosures of political spending by major corporations, notes improved transparency in the absence of effective regulation. - (09/27/14)

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