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Nestlé on creating shared value in coffee

Coffee is one of the world's most traded agricultural commodities, but as world demand continues to rise, the agriculture department says Philippine yields have declined. As Nestle Philippines chairman John Miller and Gina Mangalindan, a participant in the program, tell Business Nightly, Nestlé is helping itself by helping farmers giving them better seedlings and modern methods. - November 16, 2012

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World-Bank-Launches-Financial-Instrument-to-Expand-Funding-for-Sustainable-Development-Goals

World-Bank-Launches-Financial-Instrument-to-Expand-Funding-for-Sustainable-Development-Goals | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
he World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD) has issued bonds that for the first time directly link returns to the performance of companies advancing global development priorities set out in the Sustainable Development Goals, including gender equality, health and sustainable infrastructure. The equity-index linked bonds raised a total of EUR163 million from institutional investors in France and Italy. The World Bank will use the proceeds to support the financing of projects that advance its goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity, and that are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.
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Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns

Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Although many people in these struggling regions voted for the new president, his cynical answers will not bring them prosperity. But I saw what could.
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The progressive case for immigration | The Economist

The progressive case for immigration | The Economist | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Whatever politicians say, the world needs more immigration, not less
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This New Silicon Valley VC Firm Wants To Fund Solutions To The World's Biggest Problems

This New Silicon Valley VC Firm Wants To Fund Solutions To The World's Biggest Problems | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Fifty Years is investing in companies that it thinks can help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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How billionaire philanthropists could really make an impact | Ethical Corporation

How billionaire philanthropists could really make an impact | Ethical Corporation | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Tom Hall of UBS argues that if the likes of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg were to put their money into impact investment instead of grants they could make a real contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
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An investor discusses driving change by doing well

An investor discusses driving change by doing well | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Cary Krosinsky discusses the shift towards value-first impact investing.
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Impact Investing 2017—Impediments and Accelerants

Impact Investing 2017—Impediments and Accelerants | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Many investors today want to see their investments make a positive impact, and not just in their pocketbooks but for the social and/or environmental values and efforts they support. A recent study examines the major impediments and accelerators to impact investing today in an effort to enhance the growth of values-aligned investment.
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Lessons Learned from a Journey to Impact Investing

Lessons Learned from a Journey to Impact Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Since John E. Andrus founded the Surdna Foundation in 1917, five successive generations o
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Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund raises $141 mln - PE Hub

Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund raises $141 mln - PE Hub | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Accion and Quona Capital said March 5 that Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund has closed with $141 million in commitments. Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund, a fintech pool for the underserved, will focus on emerging markets in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia (with a particular emphasis on India and Southeast Asia).The Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund is managed by Quona Capital. Investors include AXA Impact Fund, JPMorgan Chase & Co and TIAA Investments, an affiliate of Nuveen.
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Healthcare: Beyond the Zero-Sum War Over Resources | ImpactAlpha

Healthcare: Beyond the Zero-Sum War Over Resources | ImpactAlpha | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
For those of you who like your healthcare policy analysis in 140-character snippets, I wrote this as a Tweet storm Tuesday night and have now embellished it with additional details: It’s hard to see the GOP’s proposed healthcare reform as anything but an assault on poor people, especiall
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How to Navigate the Impact Investing Landscape

How to Navigate the Impact Investing Landscape | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

The term Impact Investing was coined in 2007 to refer to “investments made with the intention of generating both financial return and social and/or environmental impact”. Less than a decade later, impact investing now boasts $77B in assets, with $15B invested in 2015 alone — a 30% increase from the previous year — and is expected to grow by a factor of ten over the next ten years (for comparison, $145B was invested in venture capital worldwide in 2015, but experienced a decline of 10% in 2016 in total deal funding).

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Impact investing portfolios that come with a performance guarantee

Impact investing portfolios that come with a performance guarantee | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Three new portfolios from Motif Investing promise to refund a monthly subscription fee for underperformance
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5 investment trends behind growth in sustainable and impact investing

5 investment trends behind growth in sustainable and impact investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Many investors want to make sure the enterprises in which they invest don't fund practices that run counter to their personal values.
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These 80 Programs Would Lose Federal Funding Under Trump's Proposed Budget

These 80 Programs Would Lose Federal Funding Under Trump's Proposed Budget | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Trump proposes eliminating funding for at least 19 independent agencies and dozens of other programs.
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When someone tells you, “The climate is always changing,” show them this cartoon

When someone tells you, “The climate is always changing,” show them this cartoon | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
File away under: Things To Show Climate Denying Relatives on Thanksgiving.
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Google Gives $11.5 Million to Reform the Criminal Justice System

Google Gives $11.5 Million to Reform the Criminal Justice System | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
“Mass incarceration is a huge issue in the United States, and a major area of focus for our grants” said Justin Steele, principal of Google's charitable arm
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Jay Z Launching Venture Capital Fund to Invest in Startups

Jay Z Launching Venture Capital Fund to Invest in Startups | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
These days Jay Z is known as much for his entrepreneurial spirit as he is for his skills in the rap game, and he's just extended his business savvy
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Sustainable Development Goals take hold as a universal impact investment framework via @impactalpha

Sustainable Development Goals take hold as a universal impact investment framework via @impactalpha | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
A year ago, every company had to have a Big Data story. Now, no initiative is complete without AI and machine learning. Extra points for “blockchain.”  Next up: companies, asset owners and fund managers touting their alignment with “the SDGs.
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New Investorflow network is ‘like online dating’ for socially-conscious investors worldwide

New Investorflow network is ‘like online dating’ for socially-conscious investors worldwide | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Luni Libes presenting Investorflow. (Investorflow Photo)Luni Libes. (Investorflow Photo)It’s not easy for tech startups to land investments, but it’s a fairly standard playbook, with lo…
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Sonen Capital Wins Best Impact Investing Firm - Sonen

Sonen Capital Wins Best Impact Investing Firm - Sonen | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Sonen Capital was awarded Best Firm in the Responsible Investing / ESG / Impact Investing category at the 4th Family Wealth Report Awards 2017.
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Can millennials, crowdfunding, and impact investing change the world?

Can millennials, crowdfunding, and impact investing change the world? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The economy has recovered from the worst of the Great Recession, a new president has been inaugurated, and equity crowdfunding is growing, all of whic
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World Bank issues first UN sustainable development bond

World Bank issues first UN sustainable development bond | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

The World Bank has raised its first bond linked to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as it looks to help a global effort to end poverty, tackle climate change and promote equality. The returns on the €163m two-tranche issue led by BNP Paribas are linked to an index of 50 companies that have been identified as making a significant contribution to the advancement of the UN’s sustainable development agenda.

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Asian social stock exchange founder Durreen Shahnaz seeks Trump’s support for impact investing | ImpactAlpha

Asian social stock exchange founder Durreen Shahnaz seeks Trump’s support for impact investing | ImpactAlpha | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Asian social stock exchange founder Durreen Shahnaz is seeking Trump’s support for impact investing. “I may have been born in Bangladesh, but I was nurtured to be a banker, media executive and entrepreneur in the US,” Shahnaz wrote in an open letter to President Trump.
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It's Not A Robo: Motif Launches Custom Automated Impact Investing

It's Not A Robo: Motif Launches Custom Automated Impact Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Advisors late to the impact investing game may have missed their chance – there’s now a digital platform for that.

New York-based Motif Investing is introducing an Motif Impact, a values-oriented digital investing solution.

After where environmental, social and corporate-governance oriented indexes began to proliferate in recent years, it was only a matter of time before a robot followed suit. Just don’t call Motif’s service a roboadvisor, says Hardeep Walla, Motif founder and CEO.

“There’s no such thing, a roboadvisor is not really offering advice,” says Walla.
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UBS Wealth Management Americas Partners with Rethink Impact to Contribute to Raising Industry's Largest1 Impact Investing Fund with Gender Lens Overlay

UBS Wealth Management Americas Partners with Rethink Impact to Contribute to Raising Industry's Largest1 Impact Investing Fund with Gender Lens Overlay | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
UBS Wealth Management Americas partnered with Rethink Impact, a venture capital fund, to contribute to raising $110+million, more than half of which came from UBS clients, including high net worth individuals, family offices, private foundations, and universities, for the closing of Rethink Impact. Rethink Impact is an impact investing venture capital fund investing in gender diverse, tech-enabled companies working to solve the world's biggest challenges based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
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