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7 steps to developing a profitable CSR strategy

7 steps to developing a profitable CSR strategy | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Asking if there is business value to a corporate responsibility or sustainability strategy is the wrong question. No one would ask if marketing strategy has business value; sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t, depending on its quality. The more relevant question is: What does your company need to do to ensure its CR strategy creates business value? That's tougher to answer for CR because compared to marketing, CR is new and people have a poorer understanding of the issues.

Our 15 years’ experience working in three multinationals have suggested how to develop a profitable CR strategy. We believe these lessons are broadly applicable and would help any company think clearly about CR and how to make it a contributing part of the business. In this article we discuss some of the keystones; the full framework can be read here.

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Future Development Reads: Impact investing, impact sourcing, and international development | Brookings Institution

Future Development Reads: Impact investing, impact sourcing, and international development | Brookings Institution | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Indermit Gill reviews the links between impact investing, impact sourcing, and international development.
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Should a CEO’s Bonus Be Based on Financial Performance Alone?

Should a CEO’s Bonus Be Based on Financial Performance Alone? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The thorny issue of “soft” metrics.
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The Blockchain Will Do to the Financial System What the Internet Did to Media

The Blockchain Will Do to the Financial System What the Internet Did to Media | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
What we can learn from the evolution of another groundbreaking technology.
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Sustainable Development Goals take hold as a universal impact investment framework

Sustainable Development Goals take hold as a universal impact investment framework | 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…
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Impact Investing in the Future of Education, Employment, and Work

Impact Investing in the Future of Education, Employment, and Work | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Impact investing is about taking care of the village – that is, ensuring that we, our families, neighbours, community, the planet, and future generations have access to the essential resource…
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Visions

Visions | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Insights from Thought Leaders who are at the forefront of innovation. Their work is shaping our future, from the society we live in to the products we use.
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Innovation in Climate Finance: World’s Largest Green Bond Fund for Emerging Markets - The Rockefeller Foundation

Innovation in Climate Finance: World’s Largest Green Bond Fund for Emerging Markets - The Rockefeller Foundation | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
  Climate change efforts have progressively evolved from top-down policy initiatives to bottom-up civil society participation and private sector imple
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Millennials and the Democratization of Sustainable Investing

Millennials and the Democratization of Sustainable Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Increasing Millennial interest in socially responsible investing may be creating more opportunities for investors of all ages.
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Morgan Stanley Investment Management Raises More Than $125 Million for its First Global Impact Fund

Morgan Stanley Investment Management Raises More Than $125 Million for its First Global Impact Fund | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Morgan Stanley Investment Management has raised more than $125 million in final commitments for its first global impact fund, PMF Integro Fund I (“Integro” or the “Fund”). Launched in partnership with the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing (the “Institute”), Integro invests in private equity funds that offer the potential for compelling financial return while demonstrating positive environmental impact, social impact or both.
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Venture Funds Flood Startups With Cash

Venture Funds Flood Startups With Cash | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Investments in first quarter rose 37% from the previous period, to $14.5 billion. Social Finance pulled in $500 million.
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2016 CEO Success study | PwC’s Strategy&

2016 CEO Success study | PwC’s Strategy& | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
In Strategy&'s 17th year of examining CEO changes at the world’s top 2,500 public companies, we look at why more CEOs are being forced out due to ethical lapses..
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Contracting for Social Impact

Contracting for Social Impact | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
To achieve long-lasting impact, governments need to use smart, effective models that connect private capital to public sector priorities.
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Impact Finance Korea to bring private capital to social spending gap

Impact Finance Korea to bring private capital to social spending gap | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Former deputy prime minister and finance minister Lee Hun Jai is launching a private impact investing firm to raise 200 billion won ($179 million) to focus on small businesses and low-income…
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Investing responsibly can unlock trillions of dollars – here's how

Investing responsibly can unlock trillions of dollars – here's how | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
By removing the longest standing barrier to responsible investment, we will unlock trillions of investment dollars to positively contribute to long-term sustainable value creation and resilience of our capital markets.
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Report Assesses Corporate SDG Reporting | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

Report Assesses Corporate SDG Reporting | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The UN Global Sustainability Index Initiative released the ‘SDG Commitment Report 100’, aiming to help investors identify the companies most aligned with long-term business and environmental needs. The UN Global Compact invited nominations of “SDG Pioneers,” individual business leaders taking action to advance the SDGs. Royal Philips announced an agreement with a consortium of 16 banks for a €1 billion Revolving Credit Facility, with an interest rate that will depend on the company’s improvement in sustainability performance.
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Digital payments to drive social justice

Digital payments to drive social justice | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The power of digital payments to drive financial inclusion and social justice emerged as a key theme on the first day of the Payments Canada Summit i
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Corporate Innovation Extends to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Strategies; Companies Find New Ways to Deploy Resources for Societal Benefit | Justmeans

Corporate Innovation Extends to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Strategies; Companies Find New Ways to Deploy Resources for Societal Benefit | Justmeans | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Corp Innovatn Extnds 2 Envirnmntl Social & ESG Strategies; New Ways 2 Deploy Resrces 4 Societl Benfit via @Justmeans https://t.co/qDBayPGFrg
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Against “Big Bets” (SSIR)

Against “Big Bets” (SSIR) | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Funders should be wary of the latest fad of making large grants for quick results and abandoning long-term commitments to the many organizations working on our most important problems.
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Timberland on the business benefits of social purpose | Ethical Corporation

Questions covered include: How is Timberland quantifying success in its social programmes? How are you quantifying these social impacts into data that resonates with the Board and Finance team? How is Timberland linking its social impacts with employee engagement? How is technology helping improve your impact measurement? What’s the biggest opportunity you see for Timberland and its community investment programs?
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The Value of Corporate Purpose

The Value of Corporate Purpose | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Many companies are now seeking a way to signal their purpose; their reason for being beyond profits. In doing so, some companies have chosen to become certified B Corps or adopt alternative legal forms, such as the Public Benefit Corporation. But why do companies choose to signal their commitment to society and what are the potential mechanisms to do so? 

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Columbia Threadneedle launches impact investing fund - Investment Europe

Columbia Threadneedle launches impact investing fund - Investment Europe | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Columbia Threadneedle Investments has teamed up with global consortium Inco to launch a new sustainable investing strategy, the Threadneedle (Lux) European Social Bond fund. The launch follows that of the Threadneedle UK Social Bond fund in 2013 with Big Issue Invest, and its US Social Bond fund in 2015. The Threadneedle (Lux) European Social Bond fund …
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Private investing outfit for social benefits to debut in S. Korea

Private investing outfit for social benefits to debut in S. Korea | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
A committee for establishing a private outfit aimed at nurturing impact finance in Korea opened Tuesday, in a bid to guide finance to serve increased roles for the benefit of society. The Impact Finance Korea Establishment Committee held a press conference to announce its launch and said it will draw private capital to set up Impact Finance Korea (IFK). Impact finance, or impact investing, refers to investments, loans or support for projects, companies or other funds mandated at addressing social and environmental issues. The IFK seeks to be a leader in this field in Korea, said Lee Hun-jai, a former deputy prime minister and the president of the committee.
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Report: The First 151 Investors

Report: The First 151 Investors | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Who, What, Where, and How: The First 151 Investors Who are these “so called” impact investors? Where do they live? Where do they invest? What sectors do they invest in? Which stages of …
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Rabobank Launches Venture Capital Fund for Innovative Food & Agriculture Companies

Rabobank Launches Venture Capital Fund for Innovative Food & Agriculture Companies | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Today, Rabobank is announcing the launch of the Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund, part of Rabo Private Equity. The fund will invest in high-po
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