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India Delivers a Case Study in Successful Impact Investing

EM3 Agricultural Services works at the muddy end of India’s ongoing story of economic growth. The company was founded in 2014 to provide smallholder farmers in India with access to mechanized equipment—not by selling it to them, but renting it, on demand, by the hour, through a platform that links them with equipment owners. The

Sustainable Investing Turns Out Not To Be As Popular As The Hype

Sustainable investing is the process of investing in sustainable companies or funds. Some people call this ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investing, others simply "ethical investing". Whatever the terminology, this form of investing money, usually by institutions or high net worth individuals (HNWIs: people with a net worth over $1 million), is supposedly changing the

Freaked out about the future of the planet? Don’t let fear ruin your finances

“Do ETFs, REITs and mutual funds still make sense to invest in if the planet won’t survive ’til our retirement?” So read an Instagram DM from a friend earlier this year. The reasoning was fairly clear: A recent report from the United Nations indicates that climate change is harming the world’s food supply to a catastrophic degree,

Supporting Main Street: How Investors Are Creating Small Business Jobs Through Fintech

When it comes to impact investing, it’s hard to beat a small business loan. Dollars are lent out and put to work generating jobs and supporting economic growth — and then they're repaid with interest as the business grows. But until recently, only one type of investor was able to make this kind of impact

Ethical funds are increasingly focused on the new UN sustainable development goals

Ethical investing has seen a boom in popularity over the past year with savers piling into so-called environmental, social and governance or 'ESG' funds. In Europe, 290 ESG-oriented funds were launched last year while in the US, total assets under management in sustainable investments more than doubled from approximately $40billion (£32.5billion) in 2013 to almost $90billion

Life, liberty and the pursuit of returns: There’s an ETF for that

Like many Americans, Perth Tolle has watched the recent protests in Hong Kong with dismay. Tolle, who divided her childhood between Texas and mainland China, spent a year in Hong Kong after college. That year, she made friends with a Chinese woman, a relationship that helped Tolle realize just how lucky she’d been to spend

To Augment Tech’s Transformation of Sub-Saharan Africa, Impact Investors Should Focus on the Startup Ecosystem

Innovative startups in Sub-Saharan Africa are transforming the region with technological advances that have increased people’s access to education, healthcare, and financial resources, generating millions of jobs in the process. Entrepreneurs have been helped along through initiatives such as the World Bank-funded XL Africa and the £32 million ($39 million) tech acceleration program from Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID). Despite

Kiva’s Crowdfunding Platform Transforms Into Hub for Impact Investing and Financial Inclusion

In 2003, Jessica Jackley was a 25-year-old staff member of Stanford Business School’s Public Management Program when a lecture by Muhammad Yunus upturned her life. Yunus popularized the microfinance solution to global poverty by founding Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Poor people in low-income countries typically lack the collateral and credit history that most financial institutions

Opportunity Zones Are Heating Up As The Year Progresses

Many consumers no longer make decisions solely based on the product or service they are receiving, but also consider the principles and values of the organizations they are engaging. Companies are now more emboldened than ever to align themselves with social issues, promote partnerships with charities and herald their sustainability practices to differentiate themselves from

Impact Investing VS Investing With Impact

Right now, interest in impact investing is experiencing explosive growth as the concept continues to capture the attention of mainstream investors the world over. In fact, The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) estimates the current size of the global impact investing market to be around $502 billion. While many are fully invested in making an impact, there's

For impact investors to kickstart a low-carbon future, they have to up their game

Backing the same old solutions won’t solve the climate emergency, argues Ashden CEO Harriet Lamb. Systemic change will only happen if money flows to sustainable energy start-ups that are creating disruptive social and environmental change Every year, our team of expert professionals and judges trawl the world for leading businesses worthy of winning an Ashden

How To Start With Sustainable Investing

The first thing to note: I’m on the fence about this whole capitalism thing. As I think about investment and savings, I’m always wondering if 70-year old Andrea will have the opportunity to reap the rewards of my decades of investment, or will the white supremacist, fossil fuel evildoers have their way and kill everything livable and beautiful

Rhino bonds: Can big finance really save big beasts?

Investors’ appetite for funds that aim to improve the environment and society, as well as making money, has grown quickly in 2019 — to the extent that some are beginning to push quite unconventional products. One such is the so-called Rhino Impact Bond, which is being coordinated by charity the Zoological Society of London and Conservation Capital,

The Surprising Leader In The Impact Investing Boom: Debt

Impact investing—investing with the intention of generating positive social or environmental impact and measuring the impact—was once the domain of nuns and other faith-based investors, who wanted their portfolios to reflect their values. Then billionaire capitalists like Paul Tudor Jones and trillion-dollar financial giants like JPMorgan got in on the game, building a range of impact

Inspired By Berkshire Hathaway, A New Model To Impact Investing

Trevor Neilson and Howard Warren Buffett want to hold the “impact” sector accountable. This summer, Neilson, CEO and co-founder of i(x) investments, a four-year-old company leveraging finance for socially- and environmentally-driven companies, launched another event, adding to the roster of impact conferences. However, this one asks those attending to make public commitments on how their company

ESG Investing Isn’t The Only Way To Make An Impact

From driving a hybrid car to buying from ethical brands, or meticulously separating your recycling, we’re all thinking about how we can have a more positive impact on the world we live in. And it is no different with investors. Recent research shows that more than one in three family offices now engages with sustainable–or Environmental, Social

If Impact Investing Is The Future, What Comes Next For VC Investors?

What if philanthropy could financially sustain itself — or better yet, turn a profit? I have long been involved in venture capital because I love the can-do mindset of entrepreneurs who seek to solve real problems and make lasting differences. People who believe in their ability to change the world can do powerful things, and

Make your investments sustainable

SUSTAINABLE investing is an investment approach. This approach takes into account environmental, social and governance factors in addition to traditional financial criteria in portfolio selection and management. Today the question has evolved from "Why should I?" to "How do I?". Globally, out of US$80 trillion assets under management in the capital markets, over US$30 trillion

How to Invest for Market-Rate Return and Measurable Impact at Large Scale

Impact investing is a specific approach of “investing for the common good” alongside ethical investing, sustainable investing, socially responsible investing (SRI), and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. Although they are often grouped together in everyday conversation and media coverage, there are different methodologies associated with each of these approaches. The Global Impact Investors Network