Aug2015

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Welcome to the August issue on Indigenous Peoples and Impact Investing

I am not Indigenous nor am I an expert on Indigenous Peoples issues, but I am interested and open to learning. Like GreenMoney Journal I am located in the southwest United States where timely and important news of Tribes and Native American issues are on the radio, television and in the local newspapers on a daily basis. I have learned by co-chairing the Indigenous Peoples Working Group of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, that there are a multitude of complex issues facing Indigenous Peoples worldwide and often what I think I know is skewed by my own cultural background as well as a lack of factual information. We rely on respected Indigenous leaders, organizations and sovereign nations to provide direction and guidance to inform this important work.

Many of us believe the topic of Indigenous Peoples is at the core of sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI). In this August edition of GreenMoney you will hear from four respected Indigenous individuals about the importance of SRI to Indigenous Peoples both within the United States and globally. You can also find additional articles and resources here on GreenMoney.com. Research tells us that 70% of the world’s natural resources are located either on or near Indigenous territories. Jan BryanAwareness about how to manage these resources in a manner that does not negatively impact Indigenous People is building and aided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Our goal is to illustrate that even if readers do not live near Native lands or Indigenous territories there are important evolving issues that increasingly will impact all of us. We value the efforts that have taken place before our involvement and as investors we are honored to support and contribute to this work. We thank US SIF and its Indigenous Peoples Working Group (IPWG) for helping to bring together Native and Non-Native communities around investment issues that affect Indigenous Peoples’ cultures and communities. We are grateful to the SRI community for its ongoing support.

– Jan Bryan, CFP®, AIF® and Investment Advisory Representative of First Affirmative Financial Network specializing in sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing for over twenty five years.

featured articles

I’d Rather Be David Than Goliath
by Jason Campbell, founder and CEO of Arete Development Group
 

Responsible Stewardship of Native American Assets
By Susan White, a citizen of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin and Director of Oneida Trust and Enrollments
 

Indigenous Rights: A Case Study in Bottom Up Social Metrics
by Rebecca Adamson, an Indigenous economist, founder and President of First Peoples Worldwide
 

GreenMoney Interview Series:
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples interviewed by Steven Heim, Managing Director of Boston Common Asset Management
 

On Topic

High Impact Community Investments in Indian Country
by Stephanie R. Leighton of Trillium Asset Management
 

Indigenous Peoples and Engagement Timeline for Sustainable and Responsible Investing – Part 1 (1971 – 2005 )
by Reed Montague of Calvert Investments and Steven Heim of Boston Common Asset Management (based on an earlier timeline created by First Peoples Worldwide)
 

Indigenous Peoples and Engagement Timeline for Sustainable and Responsible Investing – Part 2 (2006 – 2015)
by Reed Montague of Calvert Investments and Steven Heim of Boston Common Asset Management (based on an earlier timeline created by First Peoples Worldwide)
 

Impact Investing in Native American Communities
by Drew Tulchin of UpSpring Associates with Rafael Chapman of UpSpring Associates
 

The First Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Criteria and Investor Progress
By Reed Montague of Calvert Investments
 

GreenMoney thanks the SPONSORS of this special August 2015 issue:
Walden Asset Management, Sustainable Farm Partners, Paul Ellis Consulting, New Mexico Community Capital, Trillium Asset Management, Calvert Investments, Sandia Area Federal Credit Union, New Mexico Environmental Law Center, and RSF Social Finance. Read more about them here.
 
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