Smith's Municipal All-Star Awards

Nov 22, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

Smith's Research & Gradings has been providing recognition for the achievements and fine work of municipal professionals since 1992. Smith's Municipal All-Star Program is the only program that consistently and prominently provides recognition in the municipal space 1. In this year’s awards, more than 400 analysts and over 100 firms participated on the nomination. Smith’s Municipal All-Star Program includes sell-side and buy-side firms, rating agencies, as well as independent research analysts. Only institutional investors can vote, and this year’s final ballot was sent out to 1,000 voters.

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Morgan Stanley leads the charge as the first major Wall Street firm committed to reduce plastic waste

Nov 15, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

Plastic isn’t only bad for the environment, it’s bad for the wallet too.  Take the notorious plastic bag: with over 2.8 billion bags used in one day, these small plastic terrors add millions of pounds of pollution to the ocean every year.  As for the economic part, up to $120 billion is spent annually on waste practices for these single-use bags alone.  And with over 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic being produced since 1950, these bags are only one major problem affecting our environment.1

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Tech Companies Pledge to Fight California Housing Crisis

Nov 08, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

Earlier this week Apple Inc. announced a $2.5 billion pledge toward affordable housing in the Bay Area. The housing crisis has long prevailed in Silicon Valley and Apple’s initiative follows in the footsteps of other tech companies looking to make housing more accessible in Northern California. In January, Microsoft Corp. announced an investment of $500 million in affordable housing in Seattle’s metropolitan area, and in June, Google revealed an investment of $1 billion for 20,000 homes in the Bay Area. In October, Facebook also joined in the fight, committing $1 billion to help address the affordable housing crisis in California1.

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Key findings from Russell Investment’s 2019 ESG Manager Survey

Nov 01, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

The research team at Russell Investments recently reported the results of its 2019 Annual ESG Manager Survey.  This survey was started in 2015 – well before the industry was close to being considered mainstream – as a way to understand ESG integration into investment practice.  With over 300 asset managers participating in the 2019 survey, the research teams’ findings make it clear that ESG factors are not only becoming a commonplace but a major consideration for managers in order to gain more assets and investment opportunities.1

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