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.
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
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.
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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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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