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The Family Office World Grapples With How to Confront Big Corporations

John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil Co. and as a result was the richest person on the planet when he died in 1937. Yet some of his 200-plus living descendants have embarked on a mission to challenge Standard Oil offspring Exxon Mobil Corp. on climate change.  So it should come as little surprise that the investment company

New impact investing ‘road map’ to help boost scale, effectiveness

The Global Impact Investing Network is calling on the investing community to take various steps to increase the "scale and effectiveness of impact investing." Among 18 actions outlined in the network's "Roadmap for the Future of Impact Investing" report are forming principles and standards to strengthen the identity of impact investing; aligning incentives with impact

Saving the world: the ‘new normal’ for finance?

Amit Bouri is evangelical that members of his network, and many more like them, can right the wrongs of the world using the muscle of their money. And, he said, he knows what needs to change to make that happen: the way the world’s financial markets work. “The system right now is not sufficiently creating

Captalism’s new formula: Capital + Purpose = Social impact

The impact investing movement can create history so that our children and grand-children proudly ask "what went right?"instead of "what went wrong?" Maybe it will help us forget that perhaps man's greatest invention, money, ever became man's greatest malady. With impact investing, some of the things we could change can include the social injustice meted

Interested in Sustainable Investing? 6 Questions Before You Make a Move

"How do I know if my mutual funds own companies that make X?"  "How can I get companies that make X out of my portfolio?" Whether it's tobacco makers following the loss of a loved one to lung cancer or gun stocks after a mass shooting, many investors are motivated by traumatic events to take

It’s Cool to be Kind, Family Offices, and Impact Investing

The term “impact investing” celebrated its 10th birthday in 2017, a year where it seemed every other investment house launched a new fund offering to tap into the trend. But what does it really take to be an impact investor? And is the term being thrown around too loosely? Alexandra Newlove speaks to those active in the

Philanthrocapitalism and the future of giving

“Wealth is not new. Neither is charity. But the idea of using private wealth imaginatively, constructively and systematically to attack the fundamental problems of mankind is new.” So said John Gardner, the former president of the Carnegie Corporation, and he’s right: philanthropy has a long history. In Ancient Greece, the word philanthropia meant only “love for mankind”

Three seafood funds seek to establish an investment trend in sustainable fisheries

Managing wild fisheries with proven sustainability practices can mean bigger, not smaller, catches of tasty seafood. That creates an opportunity for investors with a long-term view who are willing to invest through the transition period required for depleted fisheries to recover. Three fund managers who are early adopters of such a strategy have joined forces

What impact investors can learn from activists

Impact investment is a relatively new phenomenon - the billion-dollar trend most people have never heard of. In 2016 , $119 billion was invested in projects seeking both a social and financial return, such as clean energy and worker owned cooperatives, according to the Global Impact Investing Network, an organisation that seeks to publicize and offer

Two Trends and a Caveat: The Three Factors That Will Define Impact Investing’s Future

In recent years, impact investing has come of age. In 2017, not only was more capital committed to impact investment strategies (17 percent more in 2017 versus 2016), but there was also significantly more buzz and excitement around the topic. The sector’s positive momentum gives cause for optimism, and while there are a number of moving parts

Tech for Good Impact Awards 2018 winners unveiled

The 14 winners of the 2018 Impact Awards – which celebrate tech-for-good innovations that improve people’s lives and the world around us — have been unveiled. The Impact Awards, sponsored by Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading social tech funder, in association with Berenberg, one of Europe’s longest-established private banks, are open to any business, government or non-profit using digital

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How to Invest With a Conscience (and Still Make Money)

Jean Case, the chief executive of the Case Foundation, is a leader in impact investing, a movement that aims to force social change by minimizing or eliminating investors’ exposure to companies that harm the world and achieve a solid return. Yet Ms. Case, an early signer of the Giving Pledge, a commitment by high-net-worth individuals to

A Plan To Launch Incubators For Impact Entrepreneurs–And Build Ecosystems

Laurie Lane-Zucker is all about building impact investing ecosystems. With that in mind, the founder of Impact Entrepreneur, a mega-group on LinkedIn, and an impact consultant,  is planning to launch Impact Inside. The initiative aims to form social enterprise incubators for ventures focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They'll be located at various universities

Impact Investors Seek to Expand Market

Impact investing has accelerated rapidly in the last several years as more investors—both big institutional firms as well as wealthy families—seek to put capital into enterprises that make a difference for people and the planet while still generating a financial return. Investors who view impact investing as a path to achieving real change, can take

Disruptive technologies’ rising popularity in sustainable startups – Seedrs

In June 2016 Macrebur won the Voom competition organised by Virgin. The startup takes carefully selected plastics from old rubbish and uses it to create stronger asphalt for roads. The following year they turned to equity crowdfunding to raise over £1.3 million on Seedrs. They are just one of a growing number of startups that are focusing on building a profitable company, whilst simultaneously helping

Investment by women, and in them, is growing

MARCH 8th, International Women’s Day, always brings a flood of reports about gender inequalities in everything from health outcomes to pay and promotion. But one gap is gradually narrowing: that in wealth. As money managers seek to attract and serve rich women, and as those women express their values through their portfolios, the impact will

Impact investing: Beyond the financial return

Under pressure from socially and environmentally-minded stakeholders – and keen to avoid being left behind in a changing world – institutional investors are being drawn to impact investment with its image as a turbo-charged form of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment. While impact investing is linked to areas of ethics, it does have clear