CO2 in Atmosphere Reaches Record-Setting 400 PPM The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that on May 9, 2013 the daily mean concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of Mauna Loa, Hawaii, surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since measurements began in 1958. Mauna Loa is the oldest continuous carbon dioxide (CO2) measurement station in the world and the primary global benchmark site for monitoring this potent heat-trapping gas. Read More
Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing
First Affirmative offers asset management and consulting services to individual and institutional investors seeking to align investment decision-making with personal values and/or institutional missions.
Call it socially responsible investing, sustainable investing, green investing, or impact investing, we specialize in helping clients make money and at the same time, make a difference with their money. Working through a nationwide network of investment professionals, we help clients invest in companies that contribute to a clean, healthy environment, treat people fairly, embrace equal opportunity, produce safe and useful products, and support efforts to promote a more peaceful world.
We believe that as investors we must take responsibility for the impact our money has in the world. We create and manage investment portfolios tailored to meet the unique needs of socially conscious investors. We seek competitive returns while enhancing the common good.
We begin with a cornerstone principle of the Hippocratic Oath: "First, do no harm." Avoiding companies that make products or support markets that are violent, dangerous, or unhealthy, seems to us to be an obvious choice.
We believe investments that improve the human condition around the world can create a virtuous cycle of inter-related benefits. We believe that by investing in the most responsible corporate citizens, we can deliver better investment performance for our clients and create a more vibrant, healthy world.
At First Affirmative, we work to make life better for everyone. We envision a future where every child is safe, healthy, and free.
Pricing Externalities: Redefining Profit to Reflect Reality A new report authored by Trucost in conjunction with The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity Coalition (TEEB) is a notable attempt to quantify the monetary value of natural systems and determine the impact of incorporating business "externalities" into company balance sheets. Read More