Jeremy is the managing editor at Corporate Knights Magazine. He previously served as a consultant at the Social Investment Organization. In 2013, he was named a Mining Country fellow by the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources.

Should a Thai oil company be allowed to issue a green bond?

Bangkchak Petroleum’s rollout of a green bond highlights the growing pains being experienced in the nascent industry.

Last Tuesday, the Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Limited released its first green bond (subscription) into the marketplace. The majority state-owned company saw its ฿3 billion ($92 million USD) bond issue snapped up by six regional insurance companies that included Bangkok Life Assurance and Ocean Life Insurance. While green bond announcements like these have become much more prevalent over the past year, there was one main difference: it’s the first corporate green bond issued by an oil company.

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Blackrock doubles down on impact investing

Is the world’s largest asset manager embracing impact investing a turning point for the market?

It’s a sign of growing investor interest in responsible investing: Blackrock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager with over $4.5 trillion in assets under management, has announced plans for a new impact investing initiative.

Billed as an attempt to unify the firm’s social and environmental investment offerings, Blackrock Impact will offer a combination of existing and new financial products geared toward tackling social problems, the company announced on Monday. Spearheading this initiative is Deborah Winshel, previously the president and CEO of The Robin Hood Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to ending poverty in New York City.

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The Republican case for transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries

Why one U.S. Senator reached across the aisle in an effort to make industry payments to countries abroad more open.

Former Republican Senator Richard G. Lugar was a fixture of Washington D.C. for more than 36 years – a Senatorial tenure that spanned over six presidencies. Described by President Barack Obama as an internationally renowned statesman, Lugar became best known for his foreign policy clout and bi-partisan legislative record, despite his staunchly conservative political leanings. The Rhodes Scholar, Naval officer, former mayor of Indianapolis and six-term Senator ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1996, and was frequently floated as a potential vice-presidential nominee throughout his time in office. After being defeated by a tea-party challenger during the Republican primary in 2012 he founded The Lugar Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing informed debate around global issues.

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US companies dominate 2015 Global 100 index

U.S. companies have the largest presence yet on our Global 100 ranking, which is growing increasingly competitive.

The events of the past year have dem­onstrated the growing relevance of the indicators used by Corporate Knights to determine its annual list of cor­porate leaders in sustainability.

The landmark China-U.S. climate change agreement, rising awareness and interest in the concept of “unburnable car­bon,” and global momentum behind carbon pricing mean increased risk for organiza­tions with low carbon productivity.

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The (dis)honour of the crown

Author John Ralston Saul tells Corporate Knights why he was inspired to write a book on Canada's aboriginal renaissance.

Canadian author and leading public intellectual John Ralston Saul was busy working on other projects when the Idle No More protests sprang up in late 2012. For several months, First Nations protests emerged all over the country, mostly in opposition to provisions tucked into two government omnibus bills that affected environmental and land management policy.

Media and pundits were confused by the lack of cohesive demands or centralized leadership coming out of these protests, but Saul saw something more important: The protests were part of a broader re-emergence of aboriginal Canadians into a position of power and influence.

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