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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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Think Pink

Oct 25, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

October is very important as it marks the official National Breast Cancer Awareness (NBCA) Month. According to the World Health Organization, Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women in the world, affecting one in every eight women in the U.S1.

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Supporting Causes that Align with CCM’s Impact Themes

Oct 18, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

As an organization, CCM is committed to making positive societal impacts not only through its investments, but also by helping local community groups through charitable donations. Each year, we donate to a variety of charities chosen by our employees. 

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Spotlight on CIIC: Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative

Oct 11, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

Last week, two CCM team members were at RCRI’s (Resource Center for Religious Institutes) national conference in Dallas.[1]  RCRI is an organization created to serve the needs of Catholic communities of religious women and men.  While at the conference and sitting in on several of the educational panel sessions, CIIC was mentioned, and we thought it would be a great organization to spotlight in this weeks’ blog.

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New Report: A Fresh Look at Investment Performance of Sustainable and Impact Strategies by Asset Class

Oct 04, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

Cornerstone Capital Group recently released a research report that takes a fresh look at investment performance of sustainable and impact strategies by asset class. Their research includes a sampling from 2,200 reports published over the past few decades with results confirming that  “social screens do not compromise investment performance”.  Their review also highlights that the effect of sustainable and impact strategies on a portfolio will depend upon the asset class, investment style, and especially the skill and expertise of the manager.1

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Financial Advisors still need to catch up with their clients when it comes to impact investing

Sep 27, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

The impact/ESG investing industry continues to grow as more investors align their financial goals with their values.  Fidelity Charitable’s 2018 survey on impact investing found that 85% of investors show equal or more interest in investments that have a social and environmental impact than conventional investments.  It also found that younger generations seem to be more drawn to the idea of creating positive ESG impact through investments with more than 70% of Millennials and Gen-Xers already adopting positive impact within their investments. [1]

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No Age Requirement to be a Global Leader

Sep 20, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

Greta Thunberg proves that small can be mighty.  In August 2018, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist refused to go to school on Fridays, demanding that her government act immediately on human-caused climate change.  Her weekly Friday protests continued throughout the year, gaining media attention and eventually leading to thousands of young people joining her strike, now called ‘Fridays for Future’.1

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Busy Start to the School Year

Sep 13, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

September is a busy time as summer vacations come to an end, kids go back to school, and new routines are established.  At CCM, these past two weeks have been a particularly exciting time for us, celebrating our 20-year anniversary, releasing a new research report on CDFIs, and distributing our first annual impact/ESG investing survey.

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