Stanford's Coal Ban Strikes a Good Balance

The issue of whether to divest from companies involved in undesirable activities isn't as clear-cut as you might think.
Will divesting make it better? Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Stanford University's decision to divest from coal companies will be examined closely by many endowments and foundations that are under growing pressure to boycott companies involved in socially questionable activities, as well as by the growing number of those pressing them to do so.

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