ESG News

May 2019

Shareholders Are Getting Serious About Sustainability; The Investor Revolution
Harvard Business Review

A 2017 study reported that companies with the highest ESG ratings outperformed the lowest-rated firms by as much as 40%. In 2018, Bank of America Merrill Lynch observed that "firms with a better ESG record than their peers produced higher three-year returns, were more likely to become high-quality stocks, were less likely to have large price declines, and were less likely to go bankrupt."

Starbucks, Dunkin Race Against Bans, Taxes on Disposable Cups
Bloomberg

Berkeley, California is requiring coffee shops to charge a 25-cent fee per disposable cup to encourage people to produce less plastic waste.

Yes, eating meat affects the environment, but cows are not killing the climate
The Conversation

Decreasing meat consumption will not have as large an impact on the environment as many believe. Meat production does not generate more greenhouse gases than the transportation sector, and the continuation of meat consumption is necessary to sustain the increasing world population.

The Creeping Capitalist Takeover of Higher Education
HuffPost

The privatization of academic programs leads to an increase in profits, and an increase in inequality among those who can attend college. Online colleges, if not for their high prices, could have lessened inequality within the higher education system.