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Sustainable Economies Law Center

Sustainable Economies Law Center

The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) charts the changing legal territory of the new economy, educating communities and individuals about the possibilities and limits of creative economic structures, and advocating for laws that clear the way for more sustainable economic development.

B Lab

B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Certified B Corporations are leading a global movement to redefine success in business.

RSF Social Finance

RSF Social Finance

RSF Social Finance (RSF) is a pioneering non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. In partnership with a community of investors and donors, RSF provides capital to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises addressing key issues in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship.

Sustainable Investment Alliance

Sustainable Investment Alliance

The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance’s mission is to deepen the impact and visibility of sustainable investment organizations at the global level. Its vision is a world where sustainable investment is integrated into financial systems and the investment chain and where all regions of the world have coverage through membership institutions that advance sustainable investing.

Patagonia

Patagonia

Patagonia wants to be in business for a good long time, and a healthy planet is necessary for a healthy business. We want to leave behind not only a habitable planet, but an Earth whose beauty and biodiversity is protected for those who come after us. We think that business can inspire solutions to the environmental crisis.

IISS: GeoEconomics Strategy

IISS: GeoEconomics Strategy

The IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Programme is designed to analyse global economic trends, their impact on the global governance agenda and their meaning for the global distribution of power. Its broad and global scope will allow for a comprehensive examination of the structural economic changes that are shaping today’s international strategic relationships.

Desertec Foundation

Desertec Foundation

All kinds of renewables will be used in the DESERTEC Concept, in centralized and decentralized solutions alike, but the sun-rich deserts of the world play a central role: within six hours deserts receive more energy from the sun than humankind consumes within a year. 90 percent of the world’s population lives within 3,000 km of deserts.

FLOW

FLOW

FLOW refers to an optimal state of human experience in which individuals are fully engaged in creative endeavors, experiencing fulfillment, happiness, and well-being; and the means by which increases in the free global flow of goods, services, capital, people, and information will accelerate human progress and well-being.

CB – Initiative on Global Markets

CB – Initiative on Global Markets

The massive global movements of capital, products, and talent in the modern economy have fundamentally changed the nature of business in the 21st century. The Chicago Booth Initiative on Global Markets supports original research on international business, financial markets and public policies.

CERES

CERES

Ceres has been working for more than 20 years to advocate for sustainability leadership. Ceres mobilizes a powerful network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices to build a healthy global economy.

Principles for Responsible Investment

Principles for Responsible Investment

The UN-backed PRI Initiative is a network of international investors working together to incorporate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues into decision-making and ownership practices to better align their objectives with those of society at large.

NAIC: Int’l Insurance Relations

NAIC: Int’l Insurance Relations

The mission of the International Insurance Relations Committee is to strengthen the international insurance regulatory system and provide a forum for cooperative efforts between the NAIC, international regulators, and multi-national associations of regulators on issues of mutual interest.

NAIC: Reinsurance Task Force

NAIC: Reinsurance Task Force

The mission of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Reinsurance (E) Task Force is to monitor and coordinate activities and areas of interest, which overlap to some extent the charges of other working groups, specifically the International Insurance Relations (G) Committee.

NAIC: Property and Casualty

NAIC: Property and Casualty

The mission of the Property and Casualty Insurance Committee is to monitor and respond to problems associated with the products, delivery and cost in the property/casualty insurance market and the surplus lines market as they operate with respect to individual persons and businesses.

INET: Controlling Systemic Risk

INET: Controlling Systemic Risk

Professor Ed Kane argues that the common definition of systemic risk leaves out a crucial element – the endogenous role that safety net subsidies to serious risk taking play in incentivizing firms to take action politically and economically to attain and strengthen their status as systemically important firms.

The Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute

Focusing on education, public policy, and corporate responsibility, the Biomimicry Institute promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators who can use those models to create sustainable technologies.

Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute

RMI’s efforts take three main forms: transforming design, busting barriers and spreading innovation. RMI emphasizes strategic influence—changing the mindset of the people who make the rules—and “institutional acupuncture” to get blocked business logic flowing.

Swiss Re

Swiss Re

We have a strong reputation in innovative re/insurance and risk management solutions. We provide wholesale re/insurance products, insurance-based capital market instruments, and supplementary risk management services to Property & Casualty and Life & Health clients and brokers around the globe.

Geneva Association: Climate Risk

Geneva Association: Climate Risk

Aimed at the insurance industry, government, and the wider public, the objectives of the GA’s climate-linked research have been to identify and analyse issues of specific relevance to the insurance industry, as well as external challenges to be addressed at the political, educational and social levels.

Trucost

Trucost

Over the last 10 years, Trucost has researched, standardised and validated the world’s most comprehensive data on corporate environmental impacts, including carbon, water, waste and pollutants. Trucost helps its clients understand the true cost of business.

Frog Design

Frog Design

Frog works with the world’s leading companies, helping them to design, engineer, and bring to market meaningful products and services. Frog’s inter-disciplinary team delivers connected experiences that span multiple technologies, platforms, and media, for a broad spectrum of industries.

IDEO Design

IDEO Design

IDEO is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. IDEO helps organizations build creative culture and the internal systems required to sustain innovation.

PI: Debt and Development

PI: Debt and Development

The Peterson Institute’s research related to Debt and Development covers topics including Corruption and Governance, Debt Relief, Foreign Aid / Technical Assistance, Technology and Developing Countries, Transition Economies, and World Bank and Regional Development Banks.

EPI: Regulatory Policy

EPI: Regulatory Policy

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) Regulatory Policy Research program debunks claims that regulations impede job creation and addresses attempts to roll back laws that protect the environment and guarantee worker protections.

EPI: Public Investment

EPI: Public Investment

The Economic Policy Institute’s (EPI) research shows a need for significant public investment to reverse decades of neglect to US infrastructure and society. Investment will create jobs and modernize the US economy. Experts include Josh Bivens, Andrew Fieldhouse, Ethan Pollack, and Rebecca Thiess.

Institute for America’s Future

Institute for America’s Future

IAF is devoted to the development of a compelling progressive economic agenda and message — to make clear what progressives stand for, articulate the philosophy and values underlying the policies, and frame them in new ways that will resonate with the majority of average Americans.

PI: Int’l Trade and Investment

PI: Int’l Trade and Investment

The Peterson Institute’s Int’l Trade and Investment research covers: Competition Policy, Corporate Governance, E-Commerce and Technology, Economic Sanctions, Energy, Foreign Direct Investment, Intellectual, Property Rights, Regional Trading Blocs, Tax Policy, and Global Institutions.

PI: Int’l Finance and Macroeconomics

PI: Int’l Finance and Macroeconomics

The Peterson Institute’s research related to International Finance and Macroeconomics covers: Exchange Rate Regimes/Monetary Policy; Finance, Investment, and Debt; Global Financial Crises; International Monetary Fund; New Economy and Productivity; and World Economy.

PI: US Economic Policy

PI: US Economic Policy

The Peterson Institute’s US Economic Policy research pertains to the topics: Economic Sanctions; Foreign Aid and Technical Assistance; Trade Disputes; Trade Promotion Authority; US Monetary and Fiscal Policy; and US Trade Policy. Research includes Policy Briefs and Working Papers.

PS: Worldly Philosophers

PS: Worldly Philosophers

Edited by the Director of the Institute for Human Sciences and noted philosopher Krzysztof Michalski, the Project Syndicate Worldly Philosophers series provides papers by thinkers including philosophers, historians, political scientists, and public intellectuals and statesmen.

EPI: Trade and Globalization

EPI: Trade and Globalization

The Economic Policy Institute’s research focuses on workers and measures how they are impacted by free trade, globalization, and the depression of wages borne from international agreements and policies. Related experts include Robert E. Scott, Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Research.

EPI: Fed Budget, Deficits, and Taxes

EPI: Fed Budget, Deficits, and Taxes

The Economic Policy Institute’s work on national fiscal policy analyzes deficits, revenues, and spending within the federal budget, but in the context of the overall U.S. economy. EPI believes that the federal budget is the embodiment of our nation’s priorities.

OECD: Innovation

OECD: Innovation

Economic growth and increases in resource consumption and environmental degradation can be de-coupled to a considerable extent. This is realised by changing the nature of goods and services we produce, and how we produce, distribute and use them, through technological change and innovation.

OECD: Industry and Entrepreneurship

OECD: Industry and Entrepreneurship

The OECD Committee for Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship looks at economic behaviour at firm and sectoral levels to complement macro-level analyses by other OECD bodies. It examines developments in industry, issues of industrial adaptation, and trends in related policies.

OECD: Finance

OECD: Finance

The OECD promotes liberalisation in financial services and the development of international financial best practices, and helps foster the integration of other countries into the global financial systems. The Committee on Financial Markets deals with issues in financial markets.

OECD: Economy

OECD: Economy

The OECD general assessment of the global economic outlook is based on rigorous analysis of recent developments, following a defined process. This provides the basis for a set of internationally consistent, but conditional projections for each OECD country as well as key non-member economies.

OECD: Development

OECD: Development

OECD’s Perspectives on Global Development examines the impact of the rise of large emerging economies on development, poverty and inequality. The world’s centre of economic gravity has moved east and south, but the opportunities and risks for poor countries are only starting to be understood.

IPS: Global Economy

IPS: Global Economy

For more than a quarter century, the Institute for Policy Studies has been a leader in strengthening citizen responses to the global economy through research, writing, film, education, and coalition building. The project has produced dozens of books, articles, films, and educational materials.

Institute for New Economic Thinking

Institute for New Economic Thinking

INET was created to develop solutions for the economic challenges of the 21st century. It is a global community of thousands of new economic thinkers, ranging from Nobel Prize winning economists to teachers and students attracted by the promise of a free and open economic discourse.

GA: Insurance and Finance

GA: Insurance and Finance

The Geneva Association’s programme on insurance and finance comprises academic and professional research in the fields of finance where they are relevant to the insurance and risk management sector, and is dedicated to making an original contribution to the progress of insurance.

GA: Risk and Insurance Economics

GA: Risk and Insurance Economics

The Geneva Association’s programme on risk and insurance economics comprises the theoretical and academic activities of the Association. It is dedicated to making an original contribution to the progress of insurance through studies of the interdependence between economics and insurance.

GA: Risk Management

GA: Risk Management

The Risk Management Programme fosters the use of risk assessment and risk management in new fields of application such as policy making, and identifies new opportunities for insurers in the emerging sustainability concept in order to enlarge the field of insurable and insured risks.

PI: Globalization

PI: Globalization

The Peterson Institute’s research related to Globalization is focused in: Politics of Globalization, Globalization and Labor, Globalization and Environment, Migration, and Issues and Impact. Research is available in Policy Briefs, Working Papers, Congressional Testimony, and Books.

The Peterson Institute

The Peterson Institute

The Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics is one of the very few economics think tanks widely regarded as “nonpartisan” by the press and “neutral” by the US Congress. Its research staff is cited by the quality media more than that of any other such institution.

GA: Health and Aging

GA: Health and Aging

The Health and Aging research programme of The Geneva Association brings together analyses, studies, and research linked to health provision and insurance, with an emphasis on a changing demographic structure whereby the population over 60 largely exceeds that of other groups.

GA: Pensions

GA: Pensions

The Geneva Association’s Four Pillars Programme is a research programme set up with the aim of studying the key importance in the new service economy of Social Security, Insurance, Savings and Employment. The programme focuses on the future of pensions, welfare and employment.

GA: Risk Management

GA: Risk Management

The Geneva Association’s Risk Management Programme is an integral part of The Geneva Association’s dialogue with economic and academic actors in order to emphasise the role of insurance in a modern service economy.

The Geneva Association

The Geneva Association

The Geneva Association is the leading international think tank of the insurance industry. It detects early ideas and emerging debates; inspires and initiates research; organises debates; disseminates research results and analysis; and pushes underlying ideas among clearly defined target groups.

EPI: Retirement

EPI: Retirement

The Economic Policy Institute’s retirement program examines the inequities in the current system and promotes initiatives that protect Social Security and lead to universal, secure and adequate retirement policies.

EPI: Labor Policy

EPI: Labor Policy

The Economic Policy Institute’s research reflects its belief that strong unions and employees’ rights to organize foster a strong middle class, especially in times of high unemployment and overall job insecurity.

EPI: Jobs, Wages, Living Standards

EPI: Jobs, Wages, Living Standards

The Economic Policy Institute’s thorough research in this area is as critical as ever and focuses on understanding the intricacies of high unemployment, mass underemployment, and sluggish wage growth in the U.S. labor market.

EPI: Immigration

EPI: Immigration

The Economic Policy Institute proposes comprehensive immigration reform that improves wages for American workers while helping address the needs of U.S. employers during shifting labor market conditions.

EPI: Health

EPI: Health

The Economic Policy Institute’s Health Policy Research team analyzes the U.S. health care system through the lens of low and moderate income families’ living standards, with special attention to employer-sponsored health insurance, the burden of health costs, and disparities in access and outcomes.

EPI: Education

EPI: Education

The Economic Policy Institute documents impacts of social and economic inequality on student achievement, and suggests policies to narrow outcome gaps between middle class and disadvantaged students. EPI research refutes false assumptions behind attacks on public education.

Economic Policy Institute

Economic Policy Institute

The Economic Policy Institute was created to broaden discussions about economic policy to include the needs of low and middle-income workers. EPI proposes public policies that protect and improve the economic conditions of low- and middle-income workers.

OECD

OECD

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions.

UN: Economic and Social Affairs

UN: Economic and Social Affairs

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs helps countries around the world to meet their economic, social and environmental challenges. DESA’s mission – to promote development for all – reflects a fundamental concern for equity and equality in all countries.

GAO: Economic Development

GAO: Economic Development

The Government Accountability Office provides public access to its wide-ranging research related to Economic Development. Covered topics include Medicaid, Disaster Recovery, Tax Policy and Administration, Entrepreneurial Assistance, Commerce, and Catastrophic Planning.

GAO: Financial Institutions

GAO: Financial Institutions

The Government Accountability Office provides public access to its wide-ranging research related to Financial Markets and Institutions. Covered topics include Securities Regulation, Entrepreneurial Assistance, Mortgage Financing, Dodd Frank, Credit Rating Agencies, and Bank Capital Requirements.

Government Accountability Office

Government Accountability Office

The US Government Accountability Office is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars, its Mission is to support Congress, to improve performance, and to ensure accountability.

CBO: Homeland Security

CBO: Homeland Security

CBO analyzes policy proposals pertaining to Homeland Security’s broad mandate to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks including aviation and border security, emergency response, anticounterfeiting measures, the protection of federal infrastructure, and cybersecurity.

CBO: Science and R&D

CBO: Science and R&D

The federal government provides funding for a wide range of activities related to science and research and development. CBO’s work addresses science and R&D in energy, pharmaceuticals, space and ocean exploration, weapon development, climate change, and more.

CBO: Disaster Relief

CBO: Disaster Relief

In the wake of large-scale natural or human-caused disasters, the federal government provides support for emergency response and recovery largely through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and by the Small Business Administration. CBO analyses the governments response policies.

CBO: Climate and Environment

CBO: Climate and Environment

The Congressional Budget Office analyzes proposed policies for limiting damage resulting from pollution that affects the atmosphere, land, and water resources. Of particular concern are the increasingly large quantities of greenhouse gases that are being emitted as a result of human activities.

CBO: Agriculture

CBO: Agriculture

The Congressional Budget Office regularly analyzes the federal government’s agricultural policies. It also studies the budgetary and economic impacts of proposed changes to agricultural policies and related policies, such as ones promoting biofuels and affecting the allocation of water supplies.

CBO: Veterans’ Issues

CBO: Veterans’ Issues

Federal programs to support veterans cover a wide array of services, including pensions, health care, education benefits, life insurance programs, compensation for injuries, and home loans. CBO analyzes the budgetary and broader impacts of those services and of proposals to change those services.

CBO: State and Local Governments

CBO: State and Local Governments

The federal government imposes requirements on state, local, and tribal governments and entities in the private sector to achieve national goals. CBO prepares mandate statements for bills that are approved by authorizing committees and issues annual reviews of Congress’s activities under UMRA.

CBO: National Security

CBO: National Security

Defense spending accounted for about 20 percent of total federal spending in 2011. The Congressional Budget Office analyzes the budgetary effects of proposed legislation related to national security and assesses the cost-effectiveness of current and proposed defense programs.

CBO: Finance

CBO: Finance

In the aftermath of the 2007-09 financial crisis, CBO quantifies the costs and risks of policy proposals related to federal credit and insurance programs, banking and capital markets, government-sponsored enterprises such as Fannie Mae and Feddie Mac, and other federal financial activities.

CBO: Economy

CBO: Economy

The Congressional Budget Office “regularly assesses the state of the economy and the impact on the economy of proposed changes in federal spending and taxes. Analysts prepare economic projections for the federal budget, study major aspects of the economy such as productivity and unemployment.

CBO: Federal Budget

CBO: Federal Budget

The Congressional Budget Office’s regular budget publications include semiannual reports on the budget and economic outlook, annual reports analyzing the President’s budget and discussing the long-term budget picture, and a biannual set of options for reducing budget deficits.

CBO: Housing

CBO: Housing

The federal government plays a substantial role in the housing market including purchasing and guarantying loans from banks and other lenders, and increasing the availability of mortgages. CBO’s work assesses such policies and analyzes proposals for legislation that would affect the housing market.

CBO: Taxes

CBO: Taxes

Under current law, revenues will rise significantly from their recent low relative to GDP over the next few years as the economy recovers and tax reductions expire. CBO analyzes the budgetary and economic effects of various features of the current tax code and proposals for changes in the tax code.

CBO: Retirement

CBO: Retirement

The federal government devotes a substantial share of its budget to benefits for the nation’s retirees. Tax incentives are one of the largest preferences in the federal income tax code. CBO regularly analyzes a wide range of proposals to change those programs or those elements of the tax code.

CBO: Infrastructure and Transportation

CBO: Infrastructure and Transportation

The nation’s highways, airports, water supply systems, wastewater treatment plants, and other facilities play a vital role in the economy. It supports private commercial activities and the daily lives of individuals. CBO examines proposals for changes in federal policy regarding such infrastructure.

CBO: Health Care

CBO: Health Care

Growth in spending on health care programs is one of the central fiscal challenges facing the federal government. Health care spending per person has grown faster than the nation’s economic output per person, this poses a challenge. CBO studies proposals for delivering and financing health care.

CBO: Education

CBO: Education

The federal government annually provides funding for K–12 schooling and helps students finance higher education. In the last ten years, the volume of outstanding federal student loans more than quadrupled to reach $630 billion. CBO has analyzed the costs and impact of these policies.

CBO: Poverty and Income Security

CBO: Poverty and Income Security

The share of people living in the United States in families with income below the official federal poverty threshold has fluctuated over the past several decades. CBO analyzes federal programs that aim to reduce poverty, alleviating poverty’s adverse consequences, and enhance income security.

CBO: Employment and Labor Markets

CBO: Employment and Labor Markets

CBO analyzes the causes and consequences of unemployment, the effects of the unemployment insurance program, the impact of various policy proposals that might affect employment, and other issues concerning labor markets such as people’s participation in the labor force.

CBO: Immigration

CBO: Immigration

In 2009, the US granted permanent resident status to 1.1 million people, temporary admission to 5.8 million, and citizenship to 744,000. 1 in 7 people in the US labor force are foreign-born workers. CBO analyzes trends in immigration and policy proposals that would affect immigration.

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

The Congressional Budget Office produces independent, nonpartisan, timely analysis of economic and budgetary issues to support the Congressional budget process. The agency’s nonpartisanship is evident in the reports and cost estimates its economists and policy analysts produce.