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Capital for climate: The role of finance in saving our Earth

As we watched another Earth Day come and go, the global community's insufficient action on climate change became more disturbing than ever before. There is no issue that more urgently calls for innovation, collaboration, and investment than the climate crisis. Yet we continue to fall behind. With 17 of the 19 warmest years on record

‘There’s never been a better time to look at impact investment’ – Sir Ronald Cohen

“When you bring an impact lens to a business, you affect both the risk and the return dimension of your decision,” said Sir Ronald Cohen, addressing a gathering of 900 attendees from 54 countries, comprising social entrepreneurs, investors, and activists. Speaking about the importance of impact investment, the business of it and the urgency to shift

Responsible investment is quickly becoming a must-have advisor skill

The latest United Nations report on climate change is urging immediate action to avert a global catastrophe in the decades to come. For government, business and the general public, to ignore this warning is, well, irresponsible. The same can be said for investors, their portfolios and, even more so, their advisors. The traditional metrics guiding

A More Enlightened Approach to SDG Investing

We’ve been reading Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker’s recent book that Bill Gates called in his blog, “my new favorite book of all time.” We can see why: Pinker argues that the ideals of the Enlightenment—all centered on reason—brought the world untold progress and can help us make progress against the

To cash in on the boom in impact investment, transparency is key

Millennial investors have fuelled a 50% rise in the SRI market, but early-stage businesses have to be able to show they are contributing to positive change, not greenwash, says Triple Point’s Belinda Thomas. Businesses with a socially responsible aspect have never had it so good. Green is fast becoming investors’ favourite colour. A key factor

Investing for impact: profit with purpose

There is a spectrum of approaches to responsible investing, from excluding companies that fail certain criteria, through full integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in the investment process, and up to strategies that target specific sustainability-oriented themes such as renewable energy. If non-financial goals are as important to you as financial returns, you

Want To Tackle Global Challenges? Think — And Invest — Differently

Impact investing is reshaping financial markets. Hundreds of billions of investment dollars now focus on social and environment challenges. Philanthropies have increased impact investing to address issues like climate change, and private equity firms like TPG, Bain and KKR have created impact funds. While there is a long way still to close the estimated $2.4 trillion annual funding gap to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the tide is

Demographic Trends Are Driving Demand For Impact Investment

Solving the world’s biggest social and environmental challenges is going to cost money. Lots of money (as I wrote in my last blog, just achieving SDG 1 is likely to cost $1.4trn a year). So it’s vital that we find new ways of drawing in private capital to supplement the efforts of governments and philanthropy. Over

Farming, food and education benefit as investing for good booms

The amount of money invested in projects with a social or environmental benefit has doubled in the last year to $228 billion, according to a report released on Tuesday, with strong growth in education, food and agriculture. Investors around the world are becoming more interested in putting their money into projects that do good, according

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

Three Reminders When Seeking To Fund Social Change In The Developing World

Acts of philanthropy, or 'love of humanity' are at the forefront of society these days. Rising rates in impact investment, strategic philanthropy, and crowdfunding all point to a growing desire to see radical social change around the world. Yet today, for many of us working in the philanthropic sector, there is the question of intentionality and

Building a more humane world has caught the imagination

A recognition that the world’s resources are finite and the desire to build the kind of society we want our children to grow up in, is the area of impact investment which is increasingly catching the imagination of the investment community. Given that all investments have an impact – by either supporting or not supporting a

#MeToo spurs investors to move money to companies that support women

In a recent client meeting, financial advisor Stephen Rischall got asked about how to invest in companies that support gender equality and women's issues in the workplace. Think of it as a #MeToo moment. "The client said that because of the attention on the #MeToo movement and the power behind it, he wanted to invest,"

Cities experiment to reduce homelessness with “pay for success” finance

The past couple of years have been a roller-coaster for Maurice Cushinberry - first of homelessness, substance abuse and legal trouble, and then of sudden stability. Although he had tried to find a home during that time, he was discouraged by the paperwork and process. But shortly after Easter last year, a social worker contacted

Doing well by doing good 2018: Bigger strides for sustainable investing

This year saw more governments and businesses than ever before put the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of their development plans. As 2018 begins, how on track is implementation of the 2030 global goals, and what does 2018 hold for sustainable investment? Despite major advances, the UN's 2017 annual progress report on SDGs warned that unless the

Smart investing can drive social change

Every generation lives on the cusp of major social transformations. Ours is witnessing revolutionary changes in the role of capital in society, with trillions of dollars migrating toward positive social and environmental purposes. It would be a tragedy to let this moment pass without attempting to maximize its potential as conscious consumers of impact investment.

Want to make money and be socially responsible? Try an ethical fund

THE MAJORITY of Scottish investors want to back companies that make a positive contribution to society and the environment, as well as making money, yet most have never been offered ethical or sustainable investments, with more than half saying they do not know where their money ends up. That is the upshot of new research

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Searching for Impact

The field of impact investing is growing rapidly with nearly $114 billion of total impact assets currently under management. As the sector continues grows, the need for new and innovative impact investment products will also increase. Investors have an opportunity to more deeply transform companies and industries for social and environmental benefit by introducing an

Building the Case for Impact: New Alliance Unites Profit and Purpose

So, you want to spend a career building wealth without regard for its impact on the environment, economy and society, and then allocate a small portion of this later in life through grant-making to create a favorable legacy? Why not get it right from the beginning, a win-win for all stakeholders that generate positive impacts