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Compass Sustainable Investing Program, Florence

Opportunities for you to make profitable and sustainable investment choices have never been greater or riskier. With so much misinformation out there, you need to know how to smartly invest your resources in projects that are profitable and tackle issues involving human rights, climate change, income inequality, and corporate governance.

If you want to learn the premier investment management and risk assessment techniques for sustainable investing you should attend the next RFK Compass Sustainable Investing Education Program from June 22-25 in Florence, Italy.

The RFK Compass Sustainable Investing Education Program is intended to be just this needed platform for sharing emergent information, discussing current issues and creating new knowledge in the field of sustainable investing as well as sustainable business practices as they relate to investing, via a series of multi-stakeholder workshops including people from the investment industry (asset owners, managers and consultants), corporations, not-for-profits and international organizations.

We provide asset owners, asset managers, investment consultants with a set of investment management and risk assessment techniques for sustainable investing. The program also covers current issues related to corporate social responsibility practices and their impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) ratings on sell-side analysts’ assessments of firms’ future financial performance; especially focusing on the dynamic between corporate practices and investment perspective. The program is designed for decision-makers and analysts with a longer term perspective, on one hand, and a fundamental recognition that ESG is material to risk and therefore, central to investment and corporate analysis and practice.

The workshop modules are designed to address the following:

  •  Sustainability for the Corporate and the Investor: Building a bridge across issues and misunderstandings
  • Social Justice, Human Rights, Employment and Labor Practices
  • Corporate Governance and Sustainability: Boards, Shareholder Activism and Disclosure
  • Environment: Sustainability Performance Metrics and Due Diligence Techniques; Natural Hazards and Disasters: Risk and Resiliency in Sustainable Investing, and creating a robust risk taxonomy
  • The Open Data Movement and its impact on Investment Strategies

The Program has several key objectives, to:

  •  Expand ESG vocabulary and frameworks, skills and content knowledge of the participants, and to provide a more holistic method of examining business practices and investment choices.
  • Make dynamic use of case studies and emergent literature and other mechanisms of knowledge building and transfer such as frequent problem solving exercises, group participation, hands-on learning exercises and role-playing scenarios; and an integrative risk assessment and investment choice exercise.
  • Provide a platform for asset owners, managers, corporate and others to work with each other over the course of a three-and-a-half-day period to effectively uncover the issues and challenges currently faced in ESG arena and chart a course of action to minimize risk and optimize value;

Three and a half day intensive workshops from June 22nd to 25th, 2015.

Held at the RFK Training Institute at ‘Le Murate’ in Florence, Italy.

The Tuition cost of the program is €4,900 including meals and course materials.


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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights welcomes the appointment of a U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons


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(February 26 | Washington, D.C.) Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Santiago A. Canton, Executive Director of RFK Partners for Human Rights, praised Secretary of State John Kerry for establishing a Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons. The position recognizes that international LGBT human rights must be a foreign policy priority for the United States, especially at a time when LGBT rights are under assault in a number of countries around the world, including Russia, Uganda, and The Gambia.

“The appointment of a Special Envoy for LGBT rights reflects the best of American foreign policy: compassionate, courageous, and dedicated to the rights and liberties of all peoples," said Kerry Kennedy. "The recent passage of an anti-gay law in The Gambia and the threat of similar legislation in other countries make this not only an historic appointment, but a timely one as well.”’ 

The Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons will be in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the State Department. Randy Berry, currently the Consul General at the United States embassy in the Netherlands, will serve as the first Special Envoy.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has been strongly advocating for the creation of this Special Envoy during the past year. Senator Ed Markey proposed legislation in June 2014 to create a Congressional mandate for such a role. A number of organizations, including Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, wrote to Secretary Kerry in September urging him to create the Special Envoy by his own authority, which he did earlier this week.

“This appointment reflects the view that LGBT rights are fundamental human rights,” noted Santiago A. Canton. “Having a Special Envoy tasked with coordinating United States policy to advance international LGBT rights will be a meaningful addition as we address these issues in the global context. This appointment should spur other countries—as well as international organizations—to establish similar positions.” 


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