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Oak Hill Capital Continues to Chart the ESG Course for Middle-Market Private Equity Firms 25.11.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tom Murray Last year, Oak Hill Capital Partners released its inaugural environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance report . While you may have read about similar reports from private equity firms like KKR and The Carlyle Group on this blog, Oak Hill Capital’s report was significant because it were first among U.S. middle-market private equity firms to publicly release an ESG performance report. In doing so, the firm increased transparency and offered other mid-market firms a blueprint to follow. Last week, it issued its second annual report , offering an inside look at the firm’s progress to date. A comprehensive approach In its new report, Oak Hill Capital outlines its approach to ESG management, measuring progress in integration, results and leadership: three of the key building blocks for a successful ESG management program that are included in our ESG Management Tool for private equity. For Oak Hill Capital, integration refers to the ways it embeds ESG management practices across the ...
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What "Free Trade" Has Done to Central America 24.11.2014 Truthout.com
With Republicans winning big in the midterm elections, the debate over so-called “free-trade” agreements could again take center stage in Washington. President Barack Obama has been angling for “fast-track” authority that would enable him to push the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP—a massive free-trade agreement between the United States and a host of Pacific Rim countries—through Congress with limited debate and no opportunity for amendments. From the outset, the politicians who support the agreement have overplayed its benefits and underplayed its costs. They seldom note, for example, that the pact would allow corporations to sue governments whose regulations threaten their profits in cases brought before secretive and unaccountable foreign tribunals. So let’s look closely at the real impact trade agreements have on people and the environment. A prime example is the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement, or  DR-CAFTA . Brokered by the George W. Bush administration and a ...
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Down With Sustainable Development! Long Live Convivial Degrowth! 22.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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What “Free Trade” Has Done to Central America 22.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Small Wages, Huge Pollution: New Report Exposes Walmart's Coal-Saturated Climate Destruction 21.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Leading NGOs Slam Greenwashing by Meat Industry, Demand Beefier Sustainability Standards 19.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Reclaiming America (After the Right's Takeover of the Next Congress) 19.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Sunday afternoon, December 12, 2014, an important national gathering will convene at the University of San Francisco sponsored by the (interfaith and atheist; secular humanist &/or religious welcoming) Network of Spiritual Progressives to consider how to reclaim our country after the takeover by both houses of the U.S. Congress by the political right. We are going to grieve, express our anger, explore our own possible responsibility as liberals and progressives for what has gone wrong, and then move to develop strategy. You should be there, or help convene a similar gathering wherever you live in the next few months. And please read this long analysis of what we need to do -- I know it's a pain in the neck to read long statements, particularly in a society of instant gratification where every thing is supposed to be sayable on short little tweets or sound bytes. Still, I promise you that if you take the time to read this from top to bottom you'll have a better idea of how to change America than ...
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The Clean Air Act and Climate Change: Where We've Been and Where We're Going 18.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: On November 14th I had the honor of delivering the annual Fedder Lecture on Environmental Law at the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law in Baltimore.  Here are my remarks: It’s a great pleasure to speak with you today...
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Why the Right Keeps Winning and the Left Keeps Losing 17.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Why does the Right keep winning in American politics, sometimes through electoral victories, sometimes by having the Democrats and others on the Left adopt what were traditionally right-wing policies and perspectives? Sure, I know that progressives won some important local battles in 2014: A few towns in California, Texas, and Ohio banned fracking. A few towns in Ohio, Massachusetts, Florida, and Illinois supported ballot measures to overturn Citizens United. Richmond, California, stood up to Chevron, and Berkeley stood up to “Big Soda.” And yes, I know that the Right has support from billionaires and many major corporations (please check out the Network of Spiritual Progressives’ proposed ESRA—Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the US Constitution which would ban all monies from any source in elections except public funding equal amounts to the candidates and would require major corporations to prove a satisfactory history of environmental and social responsibility to a jury of ...
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Friends of the Earth International Expresses Solidarity with the People of Ferguson, Missouri and People around the World who Face Social and Racial Injustices 14.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Corporate Triumphs, Progressive Victories and the Roadmap for a Democratic Revival 6.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Tuesday’s Republican wave of election victories did not reflect public opinion or the public mood. Instead it was the result of the GOP’s triumph in changing the rules of democracy to favor big business and conservative interest groups, including the triumphs of corporate money and voter suppression. But while Democrat candidates were going down to defeat, liberals and progressive won some impressive but little-publicized victories on important issues — including minimum wage hikes — especially in red and purple states, suggesting that voters are not as conservative as the pundits are pontificating. One of the most significant victories occurred in Richmond, California, where progressives defeated a slate funded by Chevron, the nation’s third largest corporation, which poured at least $3 million (about $150 for each likely voter) into this municipal election in this working class Bay Area city of 105,000 people. Progressive Victories Richmond, California. All progressive eyes around the country were ...
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It’s Got to Be About What You Do: KKR’s Green Portfolio Program Matures 5.11.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tom Murray Ken Mehlman, Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR Last week in Atlanta, Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR) Member and Head of Global Public Affairs Ken Mehlman summed up his approach to sustainability in a single sentence:  “it’s got to be about what you do.” The comment was in response to a panel that EDF moderated at KKR’s first annual sustainability summit, where guest panelists  Jeff Foote from Coca-Cola , Mitch Jackson from FedEx , and Maury Wolfe from Intercontinental Hotels Group shared their successes and challenges in improving their organizations’ environmental performance. Ken highlighted a common theme in all three panelists’ remarks: for a company’s work on sustainability to have a real impact, it needs to be integrated into its core business model. KKR has clearly taken the same lesson to heart. By integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into how it evaluates and manages portfolio companies, KKR has shown what that thinking can achieve for a private equity ...
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The Spotted Lanternfly, colorful invader 4.11.2014 Environmental News Network
The spotted lanternfly has officially arrived in the U.S., and leaders in Pennsylvania are hoping it won't be staying long. The invasive pest poses a threat to fruit orchards and grape vines, along with forests and the timber industry. It was detected in Berks County, northwest of Philadelphia."Berks County is the front line in the war against Spotted Lanternfly," Agriculture Secretary George Greig said in a news release. "We are taking every measure possible to learn more, educate the public and ourselves and eliminate this threat to agriculture."
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Ecological Debt & The Global Footprint Network 4.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In 1992, the term "ecological debt" emerged into the international conversation among ecologists and conservationists, first mentioned in a paper presented by the Instituto de Ecología Política in Santiago, Chile, wherein the production of greenhouse gases by the developed nations of the north, particularly from resources extracted from the less developed nations of the south, was seen as an inequitable balance that had imposed climactic and social changes not included in the calculations of international debt. It was a rich versus poor argument, asserting that the impact colonial and commercial exploitation of finite natural resources from these nations had not been fully "compensated" by price, royalties or licensing fees, or even the loans made otherwise to these countries by bankers in the north. There was in fact talk of reparations to be paid as compensation for this unequal transactional system. There was at the time, within the context of this discussion, a series of "debt for nature" agreements ...
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32 Countries Where Global Warming Could Make Violence Worse 30.10.2014 Mother Jones
Recently, the Pentagon released a disturbing report. Climate change, it warned, will exacerbate problems like terrorism and disease outbreaks, drain military resources, and create new enemies. The report said that the military's basic operations—everything from training to its supply chains and infrastructure—are now threatened by rising temperatures and shifting weather patterns. It all points to one conclusion: Global warming is a national security issue. Now a new analysis, released Wednesday, is naming 32 countries in which conflict and civil unrest could be worsened by the changing climate. The findings are part of the seventh annual " Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas " from Maplecroft—a firm that studies how vulnerable countries are to various risks. It concludes that climate change is already impacting "food production, poverty, migration and social stability—factors that significantly increase the risk of conflicts and instability in fragile and emerging states." Those pressures could ...
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Pope delivers mini-encyclical on poor, environment 29.10.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Pope Francis delivered an off-the-cuff, mini-encyclical on the rights of the poor, the injustices of unemployment, and the need for environmental protection Tuesday, saying he's not preaching communism but the Gospel.
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Pope delivers mini-encyclical on poor, environment 28.10.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Pope Francis delivered an off-the-cuff, mini-encyclical on the rights of the poor, the injustices of unemployment, and the need for environmental protection Tuesday, saying he's not preaching communism but the Gospel.
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California Energy Strategists Push for 100% Clean Energy, Without Fossil Fuels or Nuclear Power 28.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
October 25, 2014, Marin Country, CA.-- California energy leaders, environmental scientists, and activists convened here last week in advance of the 25th annual Bioneers Conference at the Marin County Civic Center for an energy and climate strategy session that could have national and global implications. Many in the assemblage had come to brainstorm about how to leverage California's model energy policies to spur faster Federal action to protect the climate. Predictably, participants sought to boost renewable energy use in California and increase the state's reliance on energy efficiency. Some were determined, however, not just to slash California's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but to eliminate them altogether. If this game-changing goal is widely adopted by the environmental community and by a vanguard of public officials, it would put California climate policymakers and others under pressure to advance the state's already ambitious clean energy goals. That could help set the state and the nation on ...
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Economics As If Future Generations Mattered 24.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Broad Coalition of Groups Call On Governor Cuomo To Stop Exploding Oil Trains 21.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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