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Is the integration of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) criteria into mainstream investment decision-making. Often used as an umbrella term, responsible investment encompasses a range of approaches and investment options, from exclusionary screens to targeted investments to active ownership strategies.

Heartland has compiled a RESOURCE CENTER to include aggregated lists of responsible investment friendly organizations, global best investment practices, and a glossary of relevant terms.


“But with the slow menace of a glacier, depression came on. No one had any measure of its progress; no one had any plan for stopping it. Everyone tried to get out of its way.” These are the words of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor. She took plans to stop it as the “Woman Behind the New Deal.” She led the efforts toward a social security system, new industrial relations and minimum wage laws, and an end to child labor...

While the White House and lawmakers haggle over the terms of an emergency economic-stabilization package, Denmark has gone big—very, very big—to defeat the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus.

This week, the Danish government told private companies hit by the effects of the pandemic that it would pay 75 percent of their employees’ salaries to avoid mass layoffs. The plan could require the government to spend as much as 1...

March 25, 2020

Modern economics developed out of pre-modern political economy, and much that is valuable in the former is a legacy of the latter. One of the most valuable – if not indeed the most valuable – of contributions made by the late 18th century political economists was their highlighting what are today often called productive ‘synergies.’

Most people who cite Adam Smith in the modern era cite him for the ‘invisible hand’ trope – the...

When the stock market crashed in 1929, the Dow plummeted from its September peak of 381.17 to a low of 41.22 in July 1932. Because so few Americans owned stocks, it took three years for the financial collapse to cycle though the rest of the economy. Unemployment only gradually increased, to a peak of about 25 percent in early 1933. Gross domestic product fell steadily, ultimately declining by about 30 percent.

The economic cras...

The coronavirus crisis is about to blow up a cascade of U.S. economic charts.

If the latest projections are even close to correct, the U.S. economy will see numbers so big and bad in coming months that we’ll be forced to stretch the vertical scale on charts to fit them. The highs and lows of the past decade, which seemed so critical at the time, will recede into relative flatness, dwarfed by the moves of 2020.

Here are nine that...

As a board member for the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and also the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), I can tell you that recruiting women to serve on corporate boards is not only just, it is the fiduciary thing to do. 

CalPERS and CalSTRS have long been part of efforts to improve diversity on corporate boards, including the founding of their own data base and being part of inves...

March 12, 2020

When Silicon Valley-based Adesto Technologies invited Susan Uthayakumar to join its all-male board last year, she had no idea California had just passed a gender quota.

She's the country president and CEO of Schneider Electric Canada, where she's spent the last several years working in IoT, or the Internet of things, which powers devices like smart speakers and Internet-connected doorbells.

"The reason I was brought on board to...

Despite the new law, 27 public companies still had all-male boards at the end of 2019.

Silicon Valley benefits administrator WageWorks announced on April 9, 2019, that Carol Goode, a 35-year HR veteran, would join its all-male board of directors. Two days later, TiVo added tech finance executive Laura Durr and IP specialist Loria Yeadon to its board. Others followed with female board additions: gunshot-tracking company Shotspot...

March 12, 2020

For the first time in history, all-male boards of directors are going the way of the buggywhip, as more and more companies not only sit women on their boards but continue to increase their number. 

Before breaking out the champagne, bear in mind that it has taken years and years for women to sit alongside men in their boardroom oversight of companies. Even today, women make up 47% of the working population, according to the U.S...

Since 2012, Heartland has hosted or participated in two dozen road shows and events to revitalize our cities, renew our industries, and grow the clean economy, including the recent Century Foundation Heartland Cities Summits.

In the third quarter of 2019, the SVA and Heartland Network convened, in Pittsburgh, our tenth "capital roundtable," which featured State Treasurer Joe Torsella, USW President Tom Conway, and PRI North Ame...

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Raquel Palmer is a Managing Partner of KPS Capital Partners, LP, Chairperson of its Investment Committee and member of its Management Committee.  KPS Capital Partners, LP is the manager of KPS Special Situations Funds, a family of private equity funds with approximately $5.4 billion of assets under management focused on making controlling equity investments in manufacturing and industrial companies across a diverse array of industries, including basic materials, branded consumer, healthcare and luxury products, automotive parts, capital equipment and general manufacturing. [READ MORE]

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