Because It’s 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it best when he was asked, upon announcing his half-women, half-men cabinet, why that was important to him. He simply responded, “Because it’s 2015.” Oh, Canada, I wish everyone felt that way.

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Fossil Free Investing and Financial Returns

There’s a common myth that says moving your money away from increasingly risky fossil fuel investments means having to sacrifice returns. But it’s not true. A growing body of evidence indicates that investing in funds with fewer fossil fuel holdings does not mean making less money.

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Andrew Montes
FastCompany: World Changing Ideas 2019: All the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions (including As You Sow’s Gender Equality Funds)

Fast Company‘s third annual World Changing Ideas Awards drew nearly 2,000 submissions across 17 categories. Fast Company editors and reporters created lists of honorable mentions and finalists, and then our panel of judges picked winners in each category. You can read more about the winners here.

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Pushing Companies to Improve on Gender Equality

Gender equality is a fundamental issue of justice. In the U.S., full-time female workers earn $10,000 less than men: that’s simply not fair. At the same time, the business case for gender balance is now impossible to ignore. RobecoSam’s 2017 gender equality report finds that, consistent with the growing body of academic research, “gender diversity and equality contribute to better corporate performance and investment returns.”

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5 Top Issues Fueling Gender Inequality in the Workplace

Let’s face it. Women make the world go around, literally. Yet despite juggling all of life’s crazy demands—birthing and raising children, providing financial stability and preparing healthy, home-cooked meals while also trying to find time for exercise, time with friends and the occasional moment of relaxation—women are still treated as “less than” in the workforce. Here are five major challenges still facing women in the workplace.

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BlackRock Must Invest for the Paris Climate Agreement

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has declared that is is embracing sustainable investing. But, despite its stated intentions, BlackRock still has billions invested in companies with business models that are not in alignment with the Paris climate agreement to keep global warming well below 2˚ C.

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Andrew Montes