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01
Feb

The Global Financial Commons

Since ecologist Garrett Hardin’s 1968 article on “The Tragedy of the Commons,” sustainability advocates have thought of the commons in a global biological context: one embracing the health of our atmosphere, forests, arable land, oceans, rivers and the creatures that live therein. There is also a global financial commons. And it is more closely related to our biological commons than most ...

12
Mar

In 2014, the Global LAMP Index® returns continued to outperform leading global benchmarks. Measured on a market capitalization basis, LAMP returned 5.51% versus 4.47% for the FTSE World Index, 5.50% for the MSCI World Index and 3.09% for the S&P Global 100. Measured on an equal weighted basis, the Global LAMP Index® returned 8.48 percent, beating those global benchmarks by ...

29
Jan

LAMP Index Returns for 2013 Surprise

We were surprised how well the Global LAMP Index® did in 2013 – a year we thought was likely to disappoint given the fragile state of the US and world economies. The sixty LAMP companies continued to widen their lead over global peer indices with a total return of 30.12 percent. This marks the seventeenth time in the past eighteen years ...

04
Dec

Distortions of the Anthropocene

For the first time in earth’s history, a species through its own self-centered behavior, is responsible for ending one geological epoch, the Holocene, and initiating another, the Anthropocene. The Holocene, which began roughly 12,000 years ago with the end of the Pleistocene ice age, is generally associated with a globally warming climate and the rapid spread of the human species as ...

04
Dec

Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.5 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth a year and six months to regenerate what we use in a year. Moderate UN scenarios suggest that if current population and consumption trends continue, by the 2030s, we will need the equivalent of two ...

04
Dec

Interestingly, the trend of US government financial obligations parallels the growth of ecological overshoot – particularly since the year 2000 when overshoot became more evident in terms of climate change, ecosystem damage and commodity shortages. In the following chart we see the growth of total US government obligations relative to GDP. Total obligations include implicit debt (unfunded liabilities to Social Security, ...

04
Dec

The US government – like most national governments – is reluctant to recognize the ecological/economic damages being done by its command-and-control management systems. Therefore over the past several decades it has increasingly fudged the numbers on the ongoing economic decline. The following charts attempt to take the fudge out of some important official numbers, giving us a more reliable picture ...

14
Dec

Growing Wealth That Lasts

The principles that govern lasting wealth creation are time tested and simple. Yet we have a difficult time putting them to practice because they require deferring present needs and wants into the future. At every level of political/economic decision-making global, national or family the power of now has an inexorable pull. The power of now has been ...

31
Oct

The United Nations Economic Program's Financial Initiative (UNEP-FI) in collaboration with the Global Footprint Network and a number of leading financial institutions, has decided to investigate the linkages between ecological risk and sovereign credit risk.1 This is a long overdue step towards greater transparency in global bond markets and a fresh affirmation of the new renaissance thinking in business ...

21
Oct

Jay and Jeanne Bragdon visited the Kalundborg Symbiosis on September 23, 2011, where they talked with project officer, Berndt Jespersen. Two of the original corporate members of the symbiosis - Novo Nordisk and Statoil - are constituents of the Global LAMP Index and a third, Novozymes, is a related company. "Today humanity uses the ...