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Sustainability themes too important to ignore

2019 was a pivotal year in the journey towards a more sustainable future. The recent wave of public attention generated by the nature documentary series ‘Blue Planet II’ has helped to create a backlash against single-use plastics. Sustainability issues have made front-page news courtesy of environmental movement Extinction Rebellion and Swedish teenage climate activist Greta

Impact Investing Calls for a Head, Heart and Math Approach

Impact investing—in which social and environmental performance is considered on par with financial performance–has become an increasingly popular investment approach in the last few years. According to a Global Impact Investing Network report, the impact-investing sector has doubled in size over the past couple years. Moreover, impact investors say their impact investing allocations will continue to grow.

How can impact investors balance the green energy equation?

Impact investors must be aware of both the positive and negative consequences of their activities. Clean energy sources all involve some environmental cost, such as disposing of equipment at the end of its life. Understanding these impacts throughout renewable sources' lifecycles can help investors strike the right balance. Impact investing has always been a matter

The ESG Megatrend Meets Green Bonds

It’s clear that sustainable investing has been thrown into the limelight. Increasingly, investors are seeing both the financial and social imperative for sustainable investing. In particular, the rapid growth of green bonds—a fixed income investment that is designed to raise funds for the climate or environment—is booming. The above infographic from Raconteur navigates the growing green bond

Roles Foundations Play in Shaping Impact Investing

“Impact investing,” as a term of art, was coined at Rockefeller Foundation retreats in northern Italy in 2007 and 2008. The attendees visiting the foundation's Bellagio Center near Lake Como—people working in organized philanthropy, asset management, social enterprise, and consulting—discussed how to describe the wide variety of their activities that had for decades engaged private

Impact Investing Won’t Save Capitalism

Next month will be the anniversary of the U.S. Business Roundtable’s 2019 call for a shift from “shareholder capitalism” toward “stakeholder capitalism.” Business leaders asked us to imagine a transformed world, but a bat virus in Wuhan had its own ambitious plans — and has, for the time being, transformed the world in quite another way. It

Impact investors come together to tackle economic and social costs of coronavirus

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) convened the new Response, Recovery, and Resilience Investment Coalition (R3) with the purpose of maximising global impact investing response efforts to the pandemic, by identifying high-impact investment opportunities and co-ordinating impact investors to fill financing gaps. “Impact investing is more important than ever. Impact investors have been at the

This Nigerian Company Is Using Light From The Sun To Fight Coronavirus Spread

In rural areas all of over the world, two things can be really scarce: reliable electricity and adequate healthcare. To help solve this, solar companies in Nigeria are pitching in to provide electricity to the front-line healthcare facilities fighting COVID-19. Lumos Nigeria is one of four renewable energy companies that has been selected to receive a share

Impact investing in the time of COVID-19

With the world now in the throes of a deep recession, one thing is clear: helping countries recover from COVID-19 will require billions of dollars to revive jobs and value chains, tackle systemic inequalities and promote a greener reconstruction. This will present significant opportunities for investors to innovate and finance projects that contribute to sustainable

This is an opportunity to prove our money can do more than just make more money

The coronavirus pandemic is testing our global community in unprecedented ways. The unbearable human toll is already staggering. The toll on our healthcare system, our global economy, and our personal lives is still coming into focus. This pandemic is changing us. Among the most striking changes is our collective return to what is ‘essential.’ Governments

Impact investing: Build back better

It is a common observation – supported by the likes of the World Bank and the United Nations – that incorporating resilience into communities after a natural disaster helps prepare them for future catastrophes. This is known in the jargon as ‘building back better’. Investors and asset managers serious about addressing the UN Sustainable Development

Why is impact investing suddenly so hot?

If you’re like me, it seems like the phrase “impact investing” is everywhere these days – outside of COVID-19, it has become this year’s must-have investment strategy. Unleashing the power of money for good has suddenly become the rage. New investment funds with an impact focus are launched weekly, not just in the US but

COVID-19: A Wake-Up Call for Advisors on Climate-Related Investing

While the story of COVID-19’s aftermath on our financial markets has yet to be written, one lesson around which traditional finance is starting to coalesce is that COVID-19 has highlighted the need for greater investment in climate solutions right now. Like COVID-19, the costs of prevention are much cheaper than procrastination. What’s more, it’s quickly proving

How to Mobilize a Global Testing Effort: Pay for Success

If our objective is to stop the Covid-19 pandemic and restart the world’s economies, we urgently need entrepreneurial innovation to deliver vast quantities of effective tests as soon as humanly possible. Containment, which has helped our developed economies to slow the spread of the virus, is hugely costly and, in any case, will not be

The Pandemic Makes the Case for Impact Investing

When the lockdowns were initiated in response to the coronavirus crisis, I assumed that it meant I would get significant time back in my otherwise overscheduled travel and meeting diary. Like a lot of my peers, I thought that for a few weeks the break from the usual demands of our physical world would mean

Most U.S. Investors Haven’t Heard of Sustainable Investing

Despite the hype behind sustainable investing, three out of four U.S. investors aren’t familiar with it, according to a recent Wells Fargo /Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index survey. According to the survey, 37% of investors have heard nothing about sustainable investing, while 38% have heard only a little. Sustainable investing has made few inroads into retirement plans. Among

Does Impact Investing Always Come At A Price?

In theory, impact investments are investments made into organizations, companies, or funds to contribute to measurable positive social or environmental change while also yielding a return. Still, many impact-curious family office investors question whether achieving a measurable positive impact goes hand-in-hand with returns or if they'll have to sacrifice these earnings for the greater good. The answer

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Increase Their Investment Impact

Both impact investingSocial Entrepreneurs and traditional philanthropy are on the rise after the decade-long economic boom following the Great Recession. But when does an impact investment make a bigger difference than a grant? The question is far more complicated than simply evaluating whether an impact investment can be profitable while doing good, suggests new research from

How the core principles of investing for impact can help us through uncertain times

The Covid-19 pandemic presents unrivalled challenges. Healthcare systems urgently need to boost their capacity to treat patients, and societies need to strengthen efforts to safeguard the most vulnerable communities. Economic systems should find ways to protect workers, and avoid the collapse of financial markets. And almost overnight, huge swaths of the population have found themselves

Gender Lens as a Winning Strategy in Impact Investing

Within the impact investing community, the value of gender diversity as an investment evaluation screen is rarely questioned because we know a secret that mainstream private equity and venture capital investors have failed to identify. What’s that? We’ve discovered that investing in women-led companies is not only exceptionally impactful, but it is also an excellent