RESOURCES

PERSONAL DIVESTMENT 

 

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READING

 

Investing To Save The Planet by Alice Ross

Seeking Virtue in Finance: Contributing To Society In A Conflicted Industry by JC de Swaan (an economics lecturer at Princeton)

Sustainable Investing: A Path To A New Horizon a collection of essays edited by Herman Bril, Georg Kell and Andreas Rasche (with an introduction by Mark Carney)

Standing Up For A Sustainable World: Voices Of Change edited by Claude Henry, Johan Rockström and Nicholas Stern

 

Accountable: The Rise of Citizen Capitalism by Michael O’Leary and Warren Valdmanis

The Six New Rules Of Business: Creating Value In A Changing World by Judy Samuelson

The Green Swan: Central Banking and Financial Stability In the Age Of Climate Change from the Banque de France

 

Impact: Reshaping Capitalism To Drive Real Change by Ronald Cohen

Making Money Moral: How A New Wave of Visionaries Is Linking Purpose And Profit by Judith Rodin and Saadia Madsbjerg, formerly of the Rockefeller Foundation.

A fascinating one hour conversation with three alumni from the worlds of finance, business and venture capital who explain  why they support divestment at Princeton and for everyone else.  

ORGANIZATIONS & WEBSITES

Aligning Passive Investment with Paris Climate Goals - Hewlett Foundation

Sustainable Banking and Investing While there are many things one can do, if I have to list a simple step that engenders deep and systemic change, it would be “choose a sustainable bank.” These banks are lending for social and environmental sustainability and support climate solutions.

CREO - The CREO Syndicate (“CREO”) is a 501c3 public charity founded by wealth owners and family offices with a mission to address some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time affecting communities across the globe – climate change and resource scarcity – by catalyzing private capital into innovative solutions to protect and preserve the environment and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable economy for the benefit of the public.

Vestive - We think investing should work for both our values and our wallets. That's why we built Vestive - a smart, simple way to invest for the long term that is better for you and your world.

Moralmarkets.org - Moral Markets aims to be a source of information and inspiration for business professionals, policy makers, students and researchers by providing a portal to quality blogs / news / events / online resources that help them critically reflect on free markets, ethics and well-being (and on the role of business, virtues, institutions and economics education). 

As You Sow - As You Sow is the nation’s non-profit leader in shareholder advocacy. Founded in 1992, we harness shareholder power to create lasting change that benefits people, planet, and profit.

Joro - Given that consumers influence the majority of global emissions, that's one of the most effective tools we have to address the climate crisis. By drawing a direct link between your purchases and your carbon footprint, Joro helps identify specific ways that you can make an impact.

Science Based Targets -The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) drives ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling companies to set science-based emissions reduction targets.

Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials - An industry-led partnership to facilitate transparency and accountability of the financial industry to the Paris Agreement

SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

In March 2020, the Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW) published a piece about Princeton alumni who are divesting their own assets from harmful investments like fossil fuels, and investing in organizations that are committed to social and environmental justice. Kate Poole '09 recommended three things everyone can do to invest in racial and economic justice: 

1. Bank locally: Move your money into local credit unions and banks grounded in your community. Local banks charge fewer fees, keep decision-making local, and put your money to work growing your local economy. Small banks and credit unions tend to turn deposits into loans and other productive investments.

 

2. Invest in Community Development Financial Institutions: CDFIs emerged out of the civil-rights movement to address historical discrimination in banking and lending. They provide access to financial services for working-class communities of color.

 

3. Learn about the history of our economy. Resources like The Princeton and Slavery ProjectThe New York Times’ 1619 Project, and The Movement for Black Lives policy platform provide information about the history and opportunities for repair and reparations.

A Quaker Perspective: Integrity Investment

CHANGE PRINCETON NOW 

Change Princeton Now is a coalition of undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni organizing to combat racism and other intersecting forms of harm on Princeton University’s campus. Starting from organizing work done in the the wake of the movement for Black lives in the summer of 2020, this website compiles letters written to the Princeton administration that demand structural change to combat anti-Black racism within the university. 

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