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CSRwire And Innovest Strategic Value Advisors Announce Partnership


Submitted by: CSRwire

Categories: Business Ethics

Posted: Jun 13, 2006 – 09:00 AM EST



Jun. 13 /CSRwire/ - SPRINGFIELD, MA --(CSRwire)--June 13, 2006-- CSRwire and Innovest Strategic Value Advisors today announced an exclusive strategic partnership. The partnership will make Innovest's world class independent research reports on more than 1,750 publicly traded companies available on an individual basis. Previously, the reports were available only as part of a comprehensive industry or sector analysis. The comprehensive industry and sector analysis reports will also be available thru the partnership.

CSRWire is the only worldwide news wire distributing exclusively corporate social responsibility news and reports to interested investors, analysts, journalists, activists and academics. Individual company reports will only be available through CSRwire's website www.CSRwire.com.

Innovest's Intangible Value Assesment IVA reports evaluate companies' social, environmental and governance performance on a sector by sector basis. Innovest's IVA ratings analyze relative corporate performance on intangible value drivers related to the strength and sustainability of companies' competitive advantage. By assessing differentials typically not identified by traditional securities analysis, IVA ratings uncover hidden risks and value potential for investors. Ratings range from AAA (best) to CCC (worst).

"Historically, professional analyses of companies' social and environmental performance have been available primarily to institutional investors. Our alliance with Innovest will make this information affordable and accessible to individual investors, money managers, analysts and journalists," said Greg Schneider, Director of CSRwire.com.

Understanding a company's approach to risk management, including non-traditional, non-GAAP measured methods is becoming an integral part of determining a company's value. Investors are relying more heavily on considerations not normally contained in the financial statements. Additionally, talent and management are now discriminating against companies lacking transparency. These intangible, non-financial value assessments will become generally accepted as part of the due diligence process for investors, talent, management, journalists and activists alike.

"We are very excited about rolling out our research information to a broader audience by using the CSRwire distribution network," stated Peter Wilkes, Managing Director of Innovest. "Since the debacles of Enron, Tyco, Worldcom, and the like, investors throughout the world have become aware of the importance that sustainability plays in the long term performance of their individual portfolios, and we're happy to make that type of information available."

CSRwire distributes news and reports related to a company's activities in community development, ethics, corporate contributions, corporate governance, diversity, environmental, human rights and workplace issues. CSRwire's distribution network reaches more than 400,000 thought leaders and 'influencers'. Network recipients include individual and institutional investors, major media outlets, NGOs, special interest groups, activists, academics and corporate CSR officers.

About CSRwire

CSRwire is the leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability,
press releases, reports and news. CSRwire members are companies and NGOs, agencies and organizations interested in communicating their corporate citizenship, sustainability, and socially responsible initiatives to a global audience through CSRwire's syndication network and weekly News Alerts.

Meadowbrook Lane Capital, CSRwire's parent company, has been described as a 'socially responsible investment bank' by the Wall Street Journal. The company specializes in turning values into valuation while concentrating on succession issues for mission driven companies.

About Innovest Strategic Value Advisors

Innovest Strategic Value Advisors is an internationally recognized investment research and advisory firm specializing in the analysis of non-traditional sources of risk and out-performance. Innovest's major strategic investor is ABP, the largest pension fund in Europe, who owns a minority position. The firm's founder and Chief Executive, Dr. Matthew Kiernan, is a former partner with KPMG and director of the World Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva. In addition to ABP, the firm's other clients include SSgA, T. Rowe Price, Neuberger Berman, Rockefeller & Co., Cazenove Capital, BP Investments, Henderson Global Investors, HSBC Asset Management, UBS and the England & Wales Environment Agency. The firm currently has over £1.1 billion under direct sub-advisory mandates, and has clients in 20 countries.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Schneider Director,
Phone: 1.802.251.0110 x1105
Peter Wilkes Innovest
Phone: 1.212.421.2000

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