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May 16, 2013

Focus:Environment
Action Request:Petition
Location:South Carolina, United States

At the top of the pyramid of charitable donations and large block purchases of public securities are plan sponsors, institutional investors, endowments, foundations, large corporations and private family offices and these institutions will remain vital in the quest to conserve the environment becomes a stakeholder in everything we do. However, we cannot leave it to the integrity and generosity of those at the top of the pyramid because as the pyramid broadens, there are hundreds of millions of people who can vote with their own capital. No matter how large or small the investment or donation, we must create an investment mandate where 1.4% of the global population (+/- 100,000,000 people) target a larger portion of their annual investments into sustainable companies and at least 30% of their charitable donations to conservationism. To put this in perspective if 100,000,000 people invested $2400 dollars per year (even through 401k’s etc) into sustainable companies and donated $500 per year to appropriate conservation efforts that would equate to $240Billion and $50Billion in annual investments and donations respectively. This is the goal of the "Save Me" team over the next 20 years, 100,000,000 people investing and contributing $290,000,000,000 annually to Making the Environment a Stakeholder.

For this to happen we need to develop a global message that must include the following:

1.Investing in sustainable companies can outperform or at least mirror appropriate market benchmarks

2.Investing in sustainable securities provides triple bottom line returns

3.Independent ratings of companies sustainability practices are in fact independent and that the rankings correlate to tangible positive impacts on our environment

4.Sustainable companies allow for transparency within their sustainability practice areas

5.Globally recognized conservationists are rated on numerous factors not the least of which are how much of each dollar of donation is applied “in the field” and what positive impact is the conservationist making to the environment

6.The corporate, institutional and UHNW sectors get far more vocal about their support for this movement

7. The worlds largest asset and wealth management firms along with the largest mutual funds and insurance become more focused on directing their clients capital into securities of sustainable companies 

8. Private equity, hedge and venture funds use sustainable screens as an indicator of enhanced (Alpha) returns

The “Making The Environment A Stakeholder: Investing in Sustainable Securities To Ensure Sustainable Conservation” conference has been designed to bring together the following constituents:

•Globally recognized conservationists

•Leaders in sustainable investing

•Heads of Global Sustainability Programs at Fortune 100 Companies

•Endowments, Foundations, Institutional Investors, Plan Sponsors, Private Family Offices and UHMW Individuals passionate about sustainable investing and conservation

Every revolution in history has started with a groundswell within the masses, it is time to promote the vital mandate of linking sustainable investing to sustainable conservation from the ground up so that we can meet those working hard from the top down right in the middle. 

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Posted: Thursday May 16, 2013, 7:02 am
Tags: sri environment sustainability ESG [add/edit tags]

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