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Goldman Sachs analysts on impact investing

Impact investing and sustainable investment solutions are becoming more and more popular on Wall Street. But there is a misconception that these solutions, which consider the environmental and social impact of investments, are not focused on getting the most return on investors' capital. Derek Bingham is the head of GS Sustain Americas, Goldman Sachs' US

Bottom Line, Front Line — How Impact Investors Battle Global Crises

Jason Ingle cofounded and is General Partner for Closed Loop Capital, an early-stage venture capital platform investing in exceptional entrepreneurs leading ventures in agriculture technology and food system innovation,  within the United States and Canada. Jason helped launch and grow Aslan Capital Management, a Credit Opportunities fund based in New York City. Jason also cofounded

Why Impact Investing May Flourish In The Age Of Donald Trump

In the first months of his administration, President Donald Trump has taken steps to reduce federal spending for environmental protection, alternative energy, climate-related science, refugee assistance, humanitarian foreign aid, domestic healthcare and social services programs. If Trump has his way with his slash-and-burn blueprint, which is anything but certain at this point, the US would

10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Impact Investing

Impact investment – investments that generate both financial returns and social or environmental good – were long a niche market for well-capitalized financiers. Today, they are a growing component of portfolios on Main Street, with even establishment organizations such as the World Economic Forum, G8 and Aspen Institute all exploring ways to get involved. So, what’s the

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Impact Investing 2017—Impediments and Accelerants

Realizing the opportunity to use capital for greater purposes than financial returns alone, investors across asset classes are aligning their investments with their values. By doing so, they are embracing the belief that it is not only a benefit to transformational areas of need, but also a sound financial strategy that anticipates and takes advantage

2017-03-16T10:57:32+00:00 Tags: |

5 investment trends behind growth in sustainable and impact investing

Money talks, especially when you have almost $9 trillion at play.  The total dollars invested in the United States through sustainable, responsible and impact investing reached $8.72 trillion in 2016, up 33% from 2014, according to the US SIF Foundation's latest biennial "Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends." Increasingly, money managers and

The challenge for impact investing is management, not measurement

It feels like we’re at an important point in the evolution of impact investing.  While the field has shown tremendous growth over the past few years, there are far more asset owners still sitting on the sidelines – interested in impact, but not yet investing. So why is it that – to quote the famous

As impact investing grows, it moves toward defining moment – Pensions & Investments

Impact investing is in the midst of explosive growth as more investors look for ways to become involved. More investment capital flowing into impact investing strategies means more opportunities to make positive social and environmental change. Yet, while growth unlocks new and exciting possibilities, it also fuels long-lingering questions. As the impact investing industry grows,

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The eight semi-finalists for the $100 million MacArthur grant to solve the world’s biggest social problems

Meet the eight finalists for a $100 million grant to solve the world’s biggest social problems. The MacArthur Foundation, known for awarding the prestigious “genius” grants to people who have distinguished themselves in the arts and sciences, is in the process of assigning its largest grant ever. It will give $100 million to one of

What does the sustainable business of the future look like?

The 2017 Global Opportunity report released earlier this week by DNV GL, Sustainia and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). The report ranks 15 global sustainability opportunities for firms based upon responses from 5,500 leaders within business, government and civil society. It claims that addressing issues found in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through cutting-edge


Will Equity Crowdfunding Accelerate Impact Investing in 2017?

This past May, a new law allowing equity crowdfunding opened a new world of possibilities for social entrepreneurs around the country.  The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) approved Title III, the final part of the 2012 JOBS Act. The new regulation allows for equity crowdfunding, a mechanism that ordinary people can use to become stakeholders


Corporate Venturing for Social Impact in the Caribbean

Ask the average person on the street what comes to mind when they think of Jamaica, and the answer likely revolves around sun, rum, and music. But the Foromic conference in Montego Bay spotlighted the business side of Jamaica and the Caribbean, including how business leaders are beginning to recognize the region’s enormous potential for


Pioneering Social Impact Bonds for chronically homeless

2016 was the first year for Denver’s innovative Social Impact Bonds Initiative, partnering the city with homeless service providers and private investors to help chronically homeless people get off the streets and stay off the streets. Denver is the ninth city in the U.S. to initiate social impact bonds (SIBs), but it is the first

The Year In Social Enterprise And Impact Investing: 5 Happenings Of Note In 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to look back at some of the year's most noteworthy events and trends in the world of social enterprise and impact investing: Social enterprises embrace the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 2016 saw a spate of social enterprises and impact investors adopting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

The American Brand: Why Responsible Businesses Win Abroad

More and more U.S. companies around the world are proving that meeting the “double bottom line” - doing well by doing good - is smart business. When American firms invest abroad, they tend to invest for the long-term. They support communities where they operate. They hire local employees and are committed to treating them fairly.

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Worried About America’s Most Vulnerable? Support Social Enterprise

If you want to make a philanthropic donation to an organization serving vulnerable Americans – either in your name or in the name of a loved one as a holiday gift – you could also consider social enterprises. Non-profits and civil liberties groups reported a surge of donations last month. Why? Because these organizations could

4 growth trends in impact investing

At the annual Global Impact Investing Network Forum in Amsterdam, the Sustainable Development Goals emerged as a guiding framework. As impact investing continues to show strong growth as a sector, the Sustainable Development Goals are fast emerging as a reference for an ever-diversifying range of actors seeking guidelines on how to invest for impact. “It is

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What Is the Future of Impact Investing?

“People are revisiting the relationship they want their capital to have with the world.”   This growing awareness around issues of sustainability has led to an expansion of the field of impact investing. In the process, investors have been developing better and better strategies and products for their portfolios, while companies presenting themselves to investor

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