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As demand for ESG investing grows, so too does the need for high-quality data

Climate change has already begun to affect business, with extreme weather, flooding, wildfires and drought threatening company assets and supply chains. As the environment evolves, companies that improve their energy efficiency and create new products and services will survive and companies that are slow to change will struggle. The financial services community is keenly aware

Impact investing is shaping the future of the world

For almost 50 years, Earth Day has been recognized as the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. Since April 22, 1970, Americans have sought out ways to be stewards of the environment through planting trees, riding a bike to work, or cleaning up a community garden. While these actions are admirable, other strategies

Adopting common ESG investing standards may not be a panacea

The lack of common standards has long been a major issue when it comes to the development of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. But recent proposals by the European Parliament for a sustainable finance taxonomy that would pave the way for common ESG investment standards are raising concerns among investors. The proposed sustainability taxonomy,

Your business can do well by doing good

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force in January 2016. These comprise 17 core goals, ranging from ending hunger to stemming climate change, providing a critical roadmap to a sustainable future and more prosperous world. It is clear that governments alone cannot fix these social, environmental,

Industry body sets out ‘core characteristics’ of impact investing

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has presented “core characteristics” of impact investing in a bid to establish clarity and pave the way for further growth of the market. Speaking to delegates at an impact investing conference in The Hague on Tuesday, Amit Bouri, CEO and co-founder of the GIIN, said the characteristics had been

Nipsey Hussle’s Lessons For Investors

Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Davidon Asghedom, was an artist, entrepreneur, and community leader taken from the world too soon. Today his family and community are honoring “Neighborhood Nip” with a Celebration of Life memorial service in downtown Los Angeles, to reflect on an individual who, as so many in the media have noted, was more than a rapper. As a

Why Hasn’t Sustainable Investing Gone Viral Yet?

With Leonardo DiCaprio raising awareness on climate change, Emma Watson advocating for gender equality and Matt Damon co-founding a company to address water scarcity, sustainability has gone mainstream. So what has prevented this movement from extending further into the financial markets? Let’s first look at what sustainability looks like in financial terms. In sustainable investing,

Global sustainable investing assets surged to $30 trillion in 2018

Sustainable investment has surged worldwide by more than a third since 2016, reaching assets of more than $30 trillion at the start of last year, new global financial analysis released last week has found. Sustainable investment assets — which includes environmental, social and governance (ESG) and impact investing — have grown 34 percent worldwide since 2016,

Socially discerning investing can bring both monetary and ethical rewards if done right

Under its various identities, sustainable, responsible, impact investing is growing rapidly as more people seek to align their personal values with their investments. According to the U.S. Forum on Sustainable Investing, investors now emphasize social and environmental issues across $12 trillion of professionally managed assets. This represents a 38% increase since 2016. Approximately one out

Socially Responsible Investing Has A Politics Problem

As a topic up for public discussion, socially conscious investing comes with some political touchiness, mostly thanks to its inherent interconnection with the broader climate science debate. Just as our overall political climate has pulled us further apart and closer to the poles of our partisan spectrum, the divisiveness surrounding socially conscious investing has created

How Impact Investing Advances Edtech Innovations

Investing and innovating in edtech is about more than the money. Conscientious edtech innovators want to know that they’re also making a difference, not just now, but in the future. So do the investors funding the innovations. That’s why innovators and investors have turned to impact investing. Impact investing, which is conscientious funding to solve environmental

How to relax and learn to love sustainable investing

Sustainable investing, SRI, ESG, green funds… the jargon used to describe the concept of investing using ethical and sustainability considerations continues to grow, and with it so does the confusion around the topic. Experts themselves often struggle to provide clear definitions and terms are used interchangeably, making this area a minefield for investors. Lee Qian,

From SRI to ESG, values-aligned investing has many names. Let’s decode the lingo

Values-aligned investing is called by many different names, which are commonly misused or misunderstood by investors. Let me decode the lingo, because a shared understanding of the terminology makes this type of investing more accessible to advisors and investors alike. Please note that there are no universally agreed upon definitions among professionals, and everyone uses

What You Need to Know About Opportunity Zones

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA,) known for creating Opportunity Zones, is often celebrated for its potential to move billions of dollars into low-income communities. However, there remains an open question as to whether this program will ultimately serve to add value, or extract values, from these communities. Opportunity Zones (OZs) are defined as  “economically-distressed communities where

Investing in Water for Impact

At Shenandoah Growers’ indoor farm in Rockingham, Va., rainwater is collected on the roof and channeled into a retention tank, where it is mechanically filtered before being pumped into a proprietary system that creates a natural nitrogen cycle indoors. Then the U.S. Department of Agriculture certified organic water is intermittently supplied to the roots of

Sustainable investing can be unconstrained rather than restrictive

The evolution of envi­ronmental, social and governance (ESG) measures over the past 30 years has enabled a broader opportunity to under­stand the long-term sustaina­bility of global companies. In particular, over the past five years, the harmonisation and reliability of available ESG data has improved to the extent that fund managers can now assess the alpha

Aligning Purpose and Investments: Why Are You Stuck?

For foundations, the path to achieving racial equity starts with a simple choice: Do you use your endowment to maintain the status quo, or do you align your investments with your mission? When I came to Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) in June 2007, Chief Operating and Financial Officer Andrea Dobson shared that she wanted to transform our

Impact Investing and Racial Equity: Foundations Leading the Way

It has been inspiring to be part of the rapidly growing impact investing movement over the last several years, as foundations and their partners have committed more of their assets to social and environmental change. In the midst of this growth, Mission Investors Exchange (MIE) and our 250 members have taken a leadership role in

Creating the Blueprint for Sustainability Across Capital Markets

The phone call to the World Bank Treasury came out of the blue: in late 2007, a group of Swedish pension funds wanted to invest in projects that help the climate, but they did not know how to find these projects. But they knew where to turn and called on the World Bank to help.

Impact Investing for Educational Progress

To borrow a frequently used legal phrase, the low educational attainment of minorities in the United States should shock the conscience of America. The most recent Census figures show that 47 percent of white Americans hold at least an associate degree. Degree attainment rates are far lower among other groups: Only 31 percent for African-Americans, 25 percent for American