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Amid climate crisis, investors are starting to put their money towards a sustainable future

The risks of climate change are already impacting investors, with increasingly frequent climate disasters like wildfires, drought, flooding and heatwaves threatening business operations and properties worldwide. Many investors are now choosing to funnel their money into investments that address climate change risk. Asset managers are rushing to meet the demand, but sustainable investing isn’t as

The Powerful Legacy Of Leila Janah, Social Entrepreneur And Giver Of Work

The first time I saw Leila Janah speak was at the Social Good Summit in 2015. I remember being blown away by the vision and success of her company, Samasource. She was intelligent, articulate, passionate and determined to have a positive impact on the lives of others, all qualities I deeply admire. Her untimely passing at the age

Can we do good without it really costing anything?

Book Review: Anand Giridharadas, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (Penguin, 2019) It’s a seductive idea – the notion that we can “do good” for people and the planet while also profiting from the status quo, that we can make a difference without it really costing us anything. This idea is at the heart

A Decade Of Sustainable Funds Investing: 10 Years/10 Charts

In a research article published today by Sustainable Research and Analysis, a decade of sustainable investing developments as seen through the prism of mutual funds and ETFs is portrayed in the form of ten charts and commentary. The total net assets of mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) linked to sustainable investing expanded dramatically in

With A Bit Of Work Any Business Can Become A Social Enterprise

Jane and Scott Wolfe run Melba’s in New Orleans. From the outside, Melba’s is an unremarkable sandwich shop. What’s going on inside is so remarkable Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton stopped by to see what they’re doing. Melba’s is attached to a laundromat, which creates an odd synergy. The laundromat is a 24-hour business, so the restaurant

New Moms kindles bright futures

While browsing the candle section at Whole Foods, pick up a Bright Endeavors candle and flip it over. On the bottom label of each candle is the name of the young mother who made it. Bright Endeavors, the New Moms 16-week paid job training program, provides young mothers in need with the skills necessary to

The Doomsday Clock is now at “100 seconds to midnight.”

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was founded in 1945 by researchers who worked on the atomic bomb. It publishes research on “manmade existential threats such as nuclear war, climate change, and disruptive technologies.” And lately, it’s been a little bit, well, doomsaying. Its famous extinction clock has hovered for the last few years at

The Growing Call for New, More Sustainable Investing

In December, thousands of world leaders gathered in Madrid to address what is arguably the most pressing issue of our time: the climate emergency. We are, as the United Nations secretary general said, nearing “the point of no return.” Heads of state, business leaders, scientists, and activists at the COP25 conference urged drastic changes to

New report unveils key insights into business models that put people and planet first

A University of York academic has co-authored a major report which advocates creating business models that are focused on benefiting society and the planet. Based on a recent study of Fair Trade Enterprises, the report unveils pivotal governance, management and profit reinvestment models that are already working across the world. The report from the World

GIIN Report: Impact Measurement And Management Are Front And Center For Investors

New evidence that the world of impact investing is maturing: a newly released survey from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). Called The State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice, the GIIN’s second biennial report on the topic reveals that impact investors are a lot more sophisticated when it comes to the assessment and management of social and environmental

Accelerating impact – five lessons in five years

Supply and demand for growth capital in socially responsible companies has grown. Specialized infrastructure, networks and expertise are necessary for impact investing. Impact measurement will improve with more impact investing. The world has reached a critical juncture in the relationship between industry and society. We are no longer in a period where, as Milton Friedman

African Conservation Entrepreneurs and Business Solutions to the Biodiversity Crisis

In the past year, the global biodiversity crisis has been forced to the forefront of public consciousness: Human activity has impacted up to 75% of the earth’s land area, as the IPBES has reported, and has the potential to drive up to one million species into extinction. But while most traditional conservation efforts focus on setting aside protected areas—which cover about

The business case for investing in sustainable plastics

Plastics reduction and climate change are sustainable investors' top priorities. Solutions to plastic waste must come from all sectors. Financial institutions have a unique vantage point from which to address this issue. The World Economic Forum's Global Plastic Action Partnership sat down with Audrey Choi, Chief Sustainability Officer and CEO of the Institute for Sustainable

How can organisations meet their customers’ sustainability demands?

Following Microsoft’s announcement that it intends to be carbon negative by 2030, it’s clear that meeting sustainability demands will top boardroom priorities moving forward. Leaders must now recognise that failure to prioritise this issue will result in significant profit loss. Why? Increasingly, customers across the supply chain are choosing to distance themselves from third parties or

Sustainability in the supply chain

Companies big and small are making more serious commitments to sustainability, quality and the environment. These companies are not implementing sustainable practices because of legal regulations. Most companies are implementing those practices because they understand that with better care for social and environmental resources comes an improved reputation and increased satisfaction among customers, contractors, investors

37 Social Entrepreneurs To Watch For In 2020

This will mark the 7th edition of our Social Entrepreneurs to watch for list. If you want to check out the previous years of social entrepreneurs you can see them here. 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 Over the past six years I have had the great pleasure of speaking with over 500 social entrepreneurs around the world while running Causeartist. It

With great wealth comes great responsibility

n 1971, the German business professor Klaus Schwab brought leading executives from Western Europe to a small town in the Swiss Alps. Schwab asked these corporate leaders to consider the impact of their businesses on all of their stakeholders – not just customers and investors, but the societies within their sphere of influence. This ethos

PREDICTIONS 2020 Focus on sustainability

We’re running a series of pieces exploring predictions for how multichannel and ecommerce retail might change over the coming year. Today we consider sustainability. This has moved into the spotlight over the past year as the fast rise of climate activism has put environmental issues firmly onto the retail agenda THE GROWTH OF SUSTAINABILITY “Sustainability

To fulfill their carbon neutral promises, airlines must be prepared to bear the costs

Industries must decarbonize. For aviation, where only jet fuel can power such hulking machinery through the air, this is a harder challenge than for most. Though adopting more efficient planes and better routes has led to some carbon savings, airlines appear decades away from being able to make wholesale changes. Unlike shipping, which has slashed