The Center for Media Democracy's Wendell Potter was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Triple Bottom Line Investment (TBLI) conference in Amsterdam this past week. This year's TBLI conference focused on worldwide "health insurance and related human rights issues, the Credit Crunch and its effects on investment ethics values and investment, and the Copenhagen Climate Council and its consequences for investment portfolios," according to their statement about the event.
Wendell said he was honored to be part of this effort to help show investors that the global recession and the failure of values demonstrate that new models for social investing are needed. In his keynote address, he said he could not think of a sector of the U.S. economy where the triple bottom line concept -- which he summarized as "people, planet, and profits"-- is more important right now than health care. He added, "It is hard to find a better example of the consequences of failing to adhere to that concept than the U.S. health care system -- the health insurance component of that system in particular."