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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

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

Making a gender lens investment strategy real

The ripple effects of the #MeToo movement are spilling over into investors’ portfolios. Are investors prepared to turn public awareness of gender bias into proactive investment strategies? In the past month, sexual harassment allegations against Steve Wynn and Paul Marciano led to nearly 20% declines in stock prices of the companies they founded. Private companies such as Uber and

Make a difference — disinvest from guns

Corporate America and Wall Street have spent the last two weeks coming to terms with a reality they have long sought to avoid: that business and investment decisions about guns affect society. This has led Americans to search for ways to get guns out of their savings plans. Fortunately, because the sustainable and responsible investing

IN DEPTH: the thing about impact investments

The thing about impact investments is the best of them look like regular investments. Take fund manager Leapfrog Investments. In late 2017 the company sold a major stake in emerging market mobile insurance provider BIMA to insurer Allianz for $A96 million. It's a healthy return but more importantly, in the four years Leapfrog was invested in BIMA it helped sell 30

Fit for the future: how ethical investing went mainstream

Ethical and sustainable investing is no longer simply about ditching cigarettes or saving trees. Investors are increasingly concerned about better returns and lower risks, says Sarah Moore. Late last year, Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund announced that it plans to dispose of all its oil and gas investments, worth more than $35bn. The proposal has yet to

Sustainability experts: what’s wrong with impact investing

The lack of an accepted methodology to truly measure investment impact makes the adoption of sustainable development goals in listed  equities increasingly challenging. This was the core issue raised during a discussion on the hopes and hurdles facing sustainable investments at Finanz’18 conference in Zurich. Daniel Wild, head of sustainability investing research and development at

UN SDGs can propel impact investing into the mainstream

 Impact investing is set to continue to grow, as many investors are interested in making their money work for good, as well as for returns. Research shows directing capital into investments that seek both attractive returns and a measurable positive environmental and societal impact could be a US$1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) business globally by 2020.

Social Impact Bonds reach global mass: 108 projects launched in 24 countries

Nearly $400m raised to tackle social issues globally Nine countries launched first programs in 2017 US market sees largest market growth in 2016-7 First Social Impact Bond in Peterborough reduced reoffending by 9% and returned investor capital with a 3% annualized return in 2017 10 Social Impact Bonds have reported a full capital return following

Trust me, I’m an impact investor: How your funds can feed, heal, and power the world

If you thought that being an altruistic investor and generating financial returns were mutually exclusive, you would be wrong. Investment has the potential to be rewarding financially as well as giving back to the global community through transforming safety, sustainability, and security.There are currently over seven billion people living in the world. This is expected

Grameen America Gets Into Impact Investing Game

Grameen America, a U.S microfinance nonprofit founded by Muhammad Yunus, announced Tuesday that it closed its first impact investing fund, taking a small step toward tapping a method of social financing that’s rapidly gaining popularity. Before this endeavor, Grameen America had relied strictly on philanthropy and donations to create a pool of funds for issuing microloans

Blockchain Smart Contracts Could Shape Future of Impact Investing

Socialsuite is a Melbourne-based technology company which offers a platform for NFPs and community organisations to measure and report on the social outcomes of their services. The company has just announced a partnership with the IXO Foundation –creators of the world’s first blockchain protocol for impact measurement – to deliver blockchain smart contracts for funding

How to Drive Competitive Returns with Impact Investing

Businesses that incorporate “material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their strategy, operations and culture will outperform [others that do not] over the long term,” is the underlying philosophy at New York City-based Inherent Group, a family office that manages equity and debt investments. Two factors lie at the core of Inherent’s investment philosophy,

Innovative Financing to Sustain Peace: An Explainer

There is a staggering investment deficit in the prevention of violent conflict. Mercy Corps notes that 10 years ago, 80 percent of humanitarian assistance went to responding to natural disasters. Today, that same percentage goes toward responding to (but not preventing) situations of violent conflict. This is a marked shift, and yet governments worldwide spend less than 1 percent