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The GreenMoney Journal encourages and promotes the awareness of socially & environmentally responsible business, investing and consumer resources in publications & online. Our goal is to educate and empower individuals and businesses to make informed financial decisions through aligning their personal, corporate and financial principles. "Responsibility from the Supermarket to the Stockmarket." The material presented in this news letter is for educational and informational purposes only. The GreenMoney Journal does not endorse or recommend firms, products, funds or advertisers.


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Report: U.S. Natural Products Sales Top $56.7 Billion, 9.7% Growth
September 20, 2007 06:22 PM - , Green Money Journal

U.S. consumers continue to demonstrate a growing appetite for natural and organic products, as manufacturers and retailers expand into new and nontraditional areas and deepen their offerings. In fact, total sales for the natural and organic industry increased 56 percent between 2002 and 2006. Natural personal care sales grew by 18.4 percent to $2.78 billion and natural pet product sales increased 15.1 percent to $367 million. Other organic categories showing strong growth were coffee and tea at 23.3 percent and nutrition bars at 22 percent. Food sales in natural product stores were up 11.7 percent, with the hottest sales categories being fresh meat and seafood, as well as beer and wine. Produce remains the largest category with sales of $3.3 billion, up 11.5 percent over 2005.

Businesses and Water Shortages: A Drought of Risk Management
September 15, 2007 09:41 AM - Anne Moore Odell, Green Money Journal

"It's raining it's pouring, the old man is snoring . . . " goes the old nursery rhyme. However, the "old man" in this case is the business community that is asleep over the consequences of not considering long-term water issues. A report from the newly launched Marsh Center for Risk Insights states that less than 20% of Fortune 1000 companies surveyed are prepared for a water shortage crisis.

Shareholder Activists Turn Up Heat on the SEC
September 15, 2007 09:39 AM - Anne Moore Odell, Green Money Journal

Less than a month remains for proponents and opponents to register comments on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) recent proposals that would eliminate shareholders' ability to submit resolutions. Three groups representing thousands of institutional and individual investors have come down heavy against the new proposals. The Social Investment Forum (SIF) and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), with the support of Ceres, have created the website www.SaveShareholderRights.org to help people comment on the proposals and to recruit 500 institutions and financial professionals to sign a joint statement opposing the SEC proposals.

Excessive CEO Compensation Hurting US Companies and Society
September 15, 2007 09:37 AM - Francesca Rheannon, Green Money Journal

Last year, the average American worker had to toil for an entire year to make what the majority of Fortune 500 CEOs made in one day. Moreover, the gap between what the lowest and the highest paid employees is widening. This pay disparity is threatening the foundations of American democracy, endangering leadership development, and creating the conditions for economic and social instability, according to Executive Excess 2007, the fourteenth annual survey of executive compensation from the Institute of Policy Studies , a liberal think tank, and United for a Fair Economy, a non-partisan organization focused on income/wealth distribution issues.

The Subprime Meltdown and SRI: Engage, Avoid, Predict
September 15, 2007 09:35 AM - Bill Baue, Green Money Journal

The subprime market meltdown: you could see it coming for miles--if you were wearing the right colored glasses. Socially responsible investing (SRI) is one such set of lenses. Shareowner activists began engaging banks on “predatory lending” years before regulators started noticing (but not acting on) red flags in the subprime market in late 2003--the beginning of “chronology of neglect” according to Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Chair Chris Dodd (D-CT).

Where in the World is Corporate Responsibility?
September 15, 2007 09:33 AM - Anne Moore Odell, Green Money Journal

US companies are behind European companies in their reactions to social and environmental concerns, reports Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRIS) in their new study released this week. The study, “The State of Responsible Business: Global corporate response to environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges,” casts a wide net, offering an overview of current corporate responsibility. It also points out trends in corporate responsibility and where the trends are heading.

GreenMoney Interviews: Jerry Dodson, Founder of the Parnassus Funds
September 15, 2007 09:28 AM - Cliff Feigenbaum, Green Money Journal

Jerry Dodson is one of the more unique leaders of the SRI community. For well over 20 years Jerry has run the Parnassus family of funds, which is the only major SRI fund family based in the Western US, San Francisco to be exact. Jerry is known for his straightforward communication style, especially in their quarterly and annual shareholder reports. As an investor I appreciate their investment philosophy that states 'companies with ethical business practices make for good long-term investments.'

Exploring EcoTravel Options
September 5, 2007 05:36 PM - Sheri Wallace, Green Money Journal

If you think that ecotravel means sleeping outdoors and eating shrubbery for breakfast, think again. There are responsible travel options for everyone, and your next vacation could actually change your life. You know ecotravel has made it big when traditional guidebooks start incorporating responsible travel options into their new editions. It's true, look at any recent guidebook and there will be at least a token attempt to provide responsible travelers with destination advice.

I Don't Know What Tomorrow Holds, But I Know Who Holds Tomorrow
August 6, 2007 05:08 PM - By Gary Hirshberg for, Green Money Journal

There's a line attributed to either Yogi Berra or Dan Quayle: "It's difficult to make predictions, especially about the future." Despite its absurdity I agree with this statement. None of us knows what the future holds. But one thing is certain, especially in the face of clear and unassailable evidence about the declining condition of our planet - failure to try to influence humans' behavior towards the earth is inexcusable. Or, as a friend of mine says, even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

Looking Ahead: The Next 15 Years
August 1, 2007 05:31 PM - By Amy Domini for, Green Money Journal

Years ago I spoke of the need for social investors to enter "into the belly of the beast," to use the awesome power of the financial services industry to make possible a world of universal human dignity and ecological sustainability. Today this is actually happening: Sell-side firms like Citigroup, UBS, and Société Générale are beginning to incorporate coverage of environmental, social and corporate governance issues with their traditional financial analysis, and to recognize that these factors can have real impact on a company's long-term profitability.

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