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The ABC´s of Impact Investing

The ABC´s of Impact Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

The field of “investments intended to create positive social and/or environmental impact alongside financial return” is expanding every day, so it’s tricky to stay up on the lingo. Here’s a list of some key terms.

Assets.  Sources such as JP Morgan estimate there will be at least $500 billion in impact investments in the next ten years.  The  Investors´ Council of the Global Impact Investing Network (below) already includes 50 investors that each hold more $50 million in impact investment assets.  Angelinvestors are playing a key role in developing this new market. “And.” The great beauty of impact investing it the possibility to do good AND make money at the same time.  In fact, for many of the best impact investments, the more you sell, the more good you do, because the social purpose is embedded in the business model. For Vision Spring, for example, the more very low-cost eyeglass they sell, the better the organization accomplishes its mission of improving the productivity and quality of life of the poor in the developing world. For Root Capital, the more loans they disburse, the more they fulfill their social purpose of growing rural prosperity.

Benefit Corporation is a new legal structure for companies which create a material positive impact on society and the environment, consider non-financial interests when making decisions, and report on their overall social and environmental performance using recognized third party standards.  Today 11 states have benefit corporation legislation and 11 more states on working it.  Patagonia was the first Benefit Corp to be registered in California.  B Corp certification is voluntary certification that companies have met the rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency set and reviewed by the nonprofit B Lab.

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Five ways East Africa is leading the world on financial inclusion through savings groups

Five ways East Africa is leading the world on financial inclusion through savings groups | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Demand for financial services from low-income groups is at an all-time high. Some of that demand is by informal savings and loans groups 

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Agnes Gund Sells a Lichtenstein to Start Criminal Justice Fund

Agnes Gund Sells a Lichtenstein to Start Criminal Justice Fund | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Ms. Gund has asked other collectors to help champion her social cause, which she has seeded with $100 million of the proceeds from the sale.
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Sustainable finance: Making good business out of doing good

Sustainable finance: Making good business out of doing good | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Passion may be what drives the impact investment sector, but asset managers must remain dispassionate to ensure sustainability is translated int
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New financing round brings Medical Credit Fund to more than USD 40m – catalyzing access to capital for health SMEs in Africa - PharmAccess Foundation

New financing round brings Medical Credit Fund to more than USD 40m – catalyzing access to capital for health SMEs in Africa - PharmAccess Foundation | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
12 June 2017 – Today, Medical Credit Fund announced the closing of a new financing round from both public and private sources to further expand its portfolio. Investors are the CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution; International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group; the French development finance institution Agence Française de …
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What’s Next for Frontier Capital? – Positive Returns – Medium

What’s Next for Frontier Capital? – Positive Returns – Medium | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
In 2015’s Frontier Capital, Omidyar Network shared our perspective on the need for more risk capital to support entrepreneurs in emerging markets, particularly those serving the needs of lower income…
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Olam’s ‘one-stop tech platform’ improves yield, traceability for 100,000 farmers

Olam’s ‘one-stop tech platform’ improves yield, traceability for 100,000 farmers | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Olam International has updated the Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS), giving 100,000 smallholder farmers access to detailed information about their farms. Each farm has been mapped and surveyed with an Android app.
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UTZ and Rainforest Alliance to merge - UTZ

UTZ and Rainforest Alliance to merge - UTZ | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The new organization will create a single agriculture sustainability standard, it will simplify the certification process and continue to improve livelihoods for farmers and forest communities.
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145+ Tech Startups Focused On Transforming Capital Markets In One Market Map

145+ Tech Startups Focused On Transforming Capital Markets In One Market Map | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
From the front-office to the back-office, a crop of new capital markets tech companies are looking to digitize traditional financial services operations.
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What is social capital value and how do we measure it?

What is social capital value and how do we measure it? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Social capital value is a way to measure the impact of projects in a language that governments, corporations and the media can understand.
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Study Calls on Impact Investors to Close Educational Attainment Gaps | NextBillion

Study Calls on Impact Investors to Close Educational Attainment Gaps | NextBillion | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Innovative impact investments are needed to address gaps in higher education attainment for low-income students, a report commissioned by the Kresge and Lumina foundations argues. Prepared by Avivar Capital, the report, Driving Postsecondary Success With Impact Investing (executive summary, 10...
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Ag Tech Startup Taranis Delivers Big Savings For Farmers

Ag Tech Startup Taranis Delivers Big Savings For Farmers | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Equity crowdfunding enables investors the same unique ability that Kickstarter gives individuals to get in touch with startups directly
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Evan Harvey, Nasdaq: ESG Reporting – Six Reasons Why | CFI.co – Capital Finance International

Evan Harvey, Nasdaq: ESG Reporting – Six Reasons Why | CFI.co – Capital Finance International | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Evan Harvey, Nasdaq: ESG Reporting – Six Reasons Why The corporate reporting of sustainability data – call it ESG, or environmental, social, and governance data – has come a long way. Only 20% of Fortune 500 companies reported ESG data in 2011.
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Can sustainable development provide the growth engine for capitalism’s next phase?

Can sustainable development provide the growth engine for capitalism’s next phase? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
2017 is a landmark year for the sustainable development movement. It’s 30 years since the World Commission on Environment and Development — better known as the Brundtland Commission after its chair…
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Social enterprises step up to tackle the SDGs | British Council

How are social enterprises helping to make progress on the Sustainable Development Goals? Here are some inspiring examples.
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A social investment ecosystem emerges in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar

A social investment ecosystem emerges in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The social-impact economy in growth markets in Asia has grabbed the attention of governments in the region, according to a new report from the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network. Impact investment…
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National Geographic Society Commits $50 Million of Endowment to Impact Investments | SymInvest - Microfinance Investment Intelligence

Creation of new impact investment program, managed by CA Capital Management, will accelerate the organization's funding of research, exploration and education, inspiring solutions for the global good
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The Philanthropy World Is Embracing Impact Investing

The Philanthropy World Is Embracing Impact Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Instead of just using the stock market, more and more foundations putting their endowments into projects that help the world–including hitting the Sustainable Development Goals

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Down the Rabbit Hole? Impact Investing and Large Foundations (SSIR)

Down the Rabbit Hole? Impact Investing and Large Foundations (SSIR) | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Impact investing makes sense in theory, but there are good reasons, particularly for large foundations, to pause before putting a lot of resources into it.
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Sorting Out Impact Investing In A Changing Market

Sorting Out Impact Investing In A Changing Market | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Impact investors seek both financial returns along with social and environmental impact. To achieve this, the impact must be inherent in the business model, meaning that as they sustainably scale on a financial and operational basis, the expected impact scales right along with the business scaling.
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Big Firms Join Race for Investors Looking to Make an Impact

Big Firms Join Race for Investors Looking to Make an Impact | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
If you haven't heard of impact investing yet, just wait.
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Banks — at the Fed’s Urging — Back Community Investing

Banks — at the Fed’s Urging — Back Community Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Hospital endowments, foundations, and even banks are among those committing capital to community programs, which the San Francisco Federal Reserve endorsed in a new book.
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Faking 'wokeness': how advertising targets millennial liberals for profit

Faking 'wokeness': how advertising targets millennial liberals for profit | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Banking on a coveted demographic that is increasingly in the bluest cities, brands are ‘trying to make their toilet paper save the world’
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Inside The Vatican-Blessed Tech Accelerator Tackling Climate Change

Inside The Vatican-Blessed Tech Accelerator Tackling Climate Change | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Inspired by Pope Francis’s call for global action on climate change, two venture capitalists launch the Laudato Si Startup Challenge—at the Holy See.
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European Companies Commit to Carbon Reductions, Align with SDGs | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

European Companies Commit to Carbon Reductions, Align with SDGs | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Private companies across Europe are undertaking actions to address the 2030 Agenda and help realize the SDGs. The world’s largest biotechnology company described how businesses can monetize the opportunities presented by the SDGs. L’Oréal received 'triple A' ratings by the Carbon Disclosure Project on climate protection, sustainable water management and combating deforestation. BNP Paribas announced plans to become carbon neutral by the end of 2017.
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60% of companies are integrating the SDGs into business strategy | Ethical Corporation

60% of companies are integrating the SDGs into business strategy | Ethical Corporation | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Ethical Corporation’s newly published Responsible Business Trends Report 2017 highlights that 60% of corporate respondents state their businesses are integrating the SDGs into their business strategy.  
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