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Getting Africa fit for the future with impact investing

Investing for positive environmental and social impact or good governance (ESG) is becoming the norm rather than the exception in Africa. More than $428 billion in financial assets have been directed to ESG investing in southern, East and West Africa in the past year, according to African Investing for Impact Barometer (AIFIB). To understand both

All financial institutions must disclose sustainability risks and impacts, MEPs agreed

The European Parliament’s Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs endorsed on Monday (5 November) a decision that makes it mandatory for all financial market participants, including banks, to disclose sustainability risks and impacts of their portfolio, a move that NGOs say brings the EU one step further in greening its financial system. “Monday’s vote has

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Gender and Ethnic Diversity Make Impact Investing Profitable

IMPACT INVESTING IS HOT and only getting hotter. From reducing the carbon footprint of your portfolio to fostering women's empowerment through gender diversity ETFs, investors are using their investment dollars to impact social and environmental change. While the moral argument for impact investing is obvious, it turns out investing in companies with diverse boards of governance and leadership

American ESG Investing Reaches $12 Trillion Assets, Says US SIF Foundation

Investors in the United States consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors across $12 trillion of professionally managed assets, a new report from the US SIF Foundation concluded. That represents a 38% increase since 2016. The Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2018 shows, through surveying and research undertaken this year, that the total

3 Ways to Create a Climate Change Investment Strategy

The United Nations released a sobering report on climate change this month, stating that the Earth is warming faster than even scientists thought and that without far-reaching action, the planet is likely to warm to a dangerous level by 2040. Scientist have been sounding the alarm about global warming for decades, but the report hit a chord:

Why Faith-based Organizations are Shifting to Impact Investing

Faith-based organizations are increasingly investing in socially and environmentally responsible causes. A 2010 global study of faith institutions showed that 77% of 103 respondents practice impact investing. At the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, or FSM, a Roman Catholic group based in St. Louis, Mo., its CEO and CFO John O’Shaughnessy is finding that such impact investing also

Investors Can And Should Address The Fundamental Causes Of Income Inequality

Investors are increasingly aware of the system-level effects of their investments. In a previous post I have written about how the very large asset owners and asset managers have to consider whether their investments are making a positive or negative contribution to the financial, environmental, and social systems that support human life on Earth. Sudden shocks (e.g.,

How This Blockchain Innovation Could Impact Billions

Everest, a blockchain startup that began generating revenue in 2017 and now has 12 employees, is working to provide people in the developing world with a blockchain identity that will connect everyone to the 21st-century economy. Founder Bob Reid, 48, says, “Everest gives the average person the ability to prove who they are, exchange value with another

How to Use Donor-Advised Funds to Make Impact Investments

The UN Sustainable Development Goals—those 17 audacious targets for tackling the world’s thorniest problems like inequality, climate change, and poverty—face an equally audacious financing gap: $2.5 trillion annually. Unlocking capital of this magnitude, according to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, requires matching viable social innovations and projects with millions in risk capital, billions in development assistance,

What Global Megatrends Can Teach Us About Impact Investing

Local issues attract some to social impact investing, as the rise of place-based investment models shows. Others, however, take a broader approach, letting global megatrends – such as population shifts and strains on natural resources – guide their socially conscious investment choices. “Megatrends are a set of interconnected patterns and movements that impact societies and countries,” said Marsal

Changing The Status Quo: How Women Are Leading The Charge On Impact Investing

Last week in New York, I had the opportunity to sit down with three incredible women in investment and financial services at the All In Together Women in Financial Services Forum, where we discussed the intersection of social good and impact investing, particularly within the context of gender equality and diversity & inclusion. Although impact investing is

US Investors Slow to Adopt Sustainable Investing

The U.S. has the lowest adoption rate of sustainable investing among 10 major markets at 12% of investors, compared with 39% globally, according to the latest edition of the UBS Investor Watch report. China, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and Italy lead the charge, with 60%, 53%, 53% and 51% of investors, respectively, reporting sustainable investment

The Greatest Givers: Meet America’s Top Philanthropists

Actions speak louder than words: While it may be easy to make promises, true generosity involves actually giving away the greenbacks. To discover who doled out the most money in 2017, Forbes partnered with Boca Raton, Florida’s SHOOK Research, and tracked the philanthropists who made good on their pledges. We only count money that reaches

Sir Ronald launches an “Impact Revolution”

The man who has become known as “the father of impact investing” has called on leaders across business, government and civil society to join an “Impact Revolution”. Sir Ronald Cohen made the call to arms at the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing's annual summit in Delhi. “Comrades,” Sir Ronald said, “it’s clear that capitalism in its

How Impact Investing Can Reduce Maternal Mortality

In the developing regions of the world, only half of women receive adequate health care. Globally, women of all ages face gender-based inequalities, exclusions, discrimination and violence when it comes to accessing health care. Every two minutes a woman dies during pregnancy and childbirth — or more than 800 women a day. Most of these deaths

Millennials And Impact Investing: A Striking Pair For A Broadening Sector (Video)

Go to any social impact conference, and you will probably hear, “Soon, there will be no ‘impact’ investing. It will simply be investing.” Indeed, with a rising group of Millennial investors rushing the field, the idea that impact investing might soon dominate investors’ way of thinking is increasingly conceivable. A study released this year found that “more

The business students of today want to ‘do well by doing good’

Top universities often tout their MBAs as a path to high-paying jobs and a powerful network. But a growing number of students are more interested in learning how to change the world through business. Students at Columbia Business School in New York are among those leading the way. They founded Microlumbia, an impact investment fund, which

Sustainable investing is attracting strong support

Sustainable investing is experiencing strong demand from investors as sustainability themed investments start to demonstrate outperformance over traditional non-sustainable assets. This is coupled with increasing demand from Millennial investors looking to align their choice of asset classes with their environmental and social values, and with long-term trusted fund managers. The combination of both profit and

ESG investing needs an intelligence boost

Just cutting carbon-producing companies from a portfolio is not the smart way to achieve climate change goals and more sophisticated approaches are needed, say ESG fund managers. These should include an assessment on a company’s carbon emission practices, looking at the track record of a firm over time, and making ESG assessments an integral part

The brave new world of impact investing

The emerging trend of socially responsible “impact investing” is grappling with growing pains. Big questions loom on the horizon. How should investors measure environmental or social impact? How can they prove their investments are sincere? Panelists at a summit hosted by cleantech incubator Vertue Lab (formerly Oregon BEST) on Wednesday addressed the challenges and opportunities for impact