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Grow Africa reports substantial early impact of agricultural investments

Grow Africa reports substantial early impact of agricultural investments | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

The 2013 Grow Africa Investment Forum, a gathering of 300 leaders from politics, business and civil society, closed today (9 May), “marking a historic shift in the quality and quantity of private-sector commitments to Africa's agricultural development,” said a press release.

The meeting saw companies report on $3.5 billion of investments, supported by Grow Africa, that have been committed across eight countries over the past year. These investments - included in Grow Africa's inaugural annual report that was launched today (9 May) - mark a deliberate step to move Grow Africa into an operational phase by channelling the investment it has generated directly into projects, it said.

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Three Big Takeaways from the Latest Impact Investing Data (SSIR)

Three Big Takeaways from the Latest Impact Investing Data (SSIR) | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Global Impact Investing Network’s latest annual survey shows growing diversity in the impact investing market.
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The United Nations Looks at Security Of Artificial Intelligence

The United Nations Looks at Security Of Artificial Intelligence | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Is technology security an unending quest? We need a rethink at the governmental levels.
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Startups Seeking Funding Should Consider Corporate Venture Capital Arms | AllBusiness.com

Startups Seeking Funding Should Consider Corporate Venture Capital Arms | AllBusiness.com | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Venture capital funds capitalized and run by major corporations are becoming more popular, and they can invest significant capital and provide substantial assistance to a business startup.
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LOCUS Impact Investing Launches Today, Will Empower Foundations To Do More To Build Prosperous, Vibrant Communities

LOCUS Impact Investing Launches Today, Will Empower Foundations To Do More To Build Prosperous, Vibrant Communities | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
RICHMOND, Va., May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LOCUS Impact Investing Launches Today, Will Empower Foundations To Do More To Build Prosperous
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How much money is there in impact investing? – ImpactAlpha – Medium

How much money is there in impact investing? – ImpactAlpha – Medium | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Think of it as the floor. Actual assets managed by 208 impact investors totaled at least $114 billion last year. Notwithstanding all the asterisks qualifying that figure (see below), that’s the…
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Embracing Philanthropy’s Risky Business (SSIR)

Embracing Philanthropy’s Risky Business (SSIR) | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
How to start developing the policies and practices you need to manage risk.
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Rise Fund’s Bill McGlashan: “Let’s collaborate” – ImpactAlpha – Medium

Rise Fund’s Bill McGlashan: “Let’s collaborate” – ImpactAlpha – Medium | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
After much ruffling of feathers from co-founder Bono in past weeks, TPG Rise Fund CEO Bill McGlashan struck a more conciliatory tone in keynote remarks at the IFC’s 19th Annual Global Private Equity…
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How can investors help confront racial injustice? – Zevin Views – Medium

How can investors help confront racial injustice? – Zevin Views – Medium | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Zevin Asset Management argues that impact investors must confront racial injustice. Our paper makes the case and suggests next steps for individuals, asset managers, and foundations.
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Morgan Stanley has raised $125 million for an impact investing fund of funds

Morgan Stanley has raised $125 million for an impact investing fund of funds | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Morgan Stanley said it had secured commitments of more than $125 million for one of the largest impact fund of funds to date. The response to PMF Integro Fund I shows increasing client demand for…
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Impact investing growth continues as industry begins tracking to SDGs

Impact investing growth continues as industry begins tracking to SDGs | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Impact investing growth continues as industry begins tracking to SDGs https://t.co/NHqVVFnIVy
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Impact Investing in Cardiovascular Disease

Impact Investing in Cardiovascular Disease | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Our mission is to accelerate the development of technology for diagnosis & treatment of cardiovascular & neurovascular disease through targeted investments.
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What to Watch this Week: The Second Vatican Conference on Impact Investing

What to Watch this Week: The Second Vatican Conference on Impact Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
In the past few months, we have been reminded of the social investing trend that has grown significantly since 2014 — Impact Investing and the Catholic Church. Articles from Impact Alpha (“More…
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What green finance could (and should) look like in 2017 and beyond

What green finance could (and should) look like in 2017 and beyond | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
From multi-party circular economy initiatives to rooftop solar leasing for SMEs, a collaborative, creative ethos underscores the new breed of green financing
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Islamic financing for the Sustainable Development Goals

Islamic financing for the Sustainable Development Goals | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The 57 member countries of the the Islamic Development Bank account for 40 percent of the world’s poor. Islamic finance emphasizes risk-sharing, connection to real economic activities, and…
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Paul Polman: ‘I could boost Unilever shares. But cutting costs is not our way’

Paul Polman: ‘I could boost Unilever shares. But cutting costs is not our way’ | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Still in fight mode after the Kraft battle, Unilever’s boss wants to make the UK a place where aggressive short-termism can’t win
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The Jobs That Artificial Intelligence Will Create

The Jobs That Artificial Intelligence Will Create | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Instead of eliminating human workers, AI may create new jobs requiring updated skills and training.
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The Non-Paradox Of Highly Successful Profit-From-Purpose Businesses

The Non-Paradox Of Highly Successful Profit-From-Purpose Businesses | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
VCs still have questions about impact businesses, but the businesses are showing more and more that they have answers.
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Andreessen Horowitz backs impact investing robo-advisor OpenInvest

Andreessen Horowitz backs impact investing robo-advisor OpenInvest | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
OpenInvest, the socially-responsible online-investment platform for retail investors, has raised $3.25 million in seed financing. Andreessen Horowitz, one of Sand Hill Road’s best known venture…
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Impact investing assets expected to rise 17% this year — report

Impact investing assets expected to rise 17% this year — report | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Investors plan to commit $25.9 billion in assets to impact investment deals this year, a 17% increase from the year before.
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Corporate pension plans are a “sleeping giant” for sustainable finance

Corporate pension plans are a “sleeping giant” for sustainable finance | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
“We need to activate the multi-trillion dollar corporate pension industry” to direct capital towards sustainable investments, tweeted Lise Kingo, CEO of the UN Global Compact from the Global Private…
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Pomona Impact’s “big push” strategy for agriculture in Central America

Pomona Impact’s “big push” strategy for agriculture in Central America | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Pomona Impact is putting $250,000 into Organic Gum, which produces and sells a biodegradable and sugar-free gum sourced from the Petén region in Guatemala. The small investment is part of a big…
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New ‘Swell’ impact investing platform joins an increasingly crowded field

New ‘Swell’ impact investing platform joins an increasingly crowded field | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Life insurance firm Pacific Life has launched Swell, a social impact investing platform open to investors with as little as $500 to commit. The venture, Swell, is a similar concept to other impact…
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Impact Investing: The Performance Realities

Impact Investing: The Performance Realities | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
In the whitepaper Impact Investing: The Performance Realities, Merrill Lynch analyzes structural changes and a growing body of evidence that shows investors can do well financially by investing in organizations that are doing what’s right for the environment and society. The paper tracks key developments in the impact investing arena, pointing to rapid growth and innovation that are due largely to growing client demand over the past decade, as well as the improving quantity and quality of ESG data.
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Fidelity launches two ESG index funds

Fidelity launches two ESG index funds | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The environmental, social and governance investments include a domestic and international offering.
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SDG Commitment Report 100: Tracking companies’ efforts to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals

SDG Commitment Report 100: Tracking companies’ efforts to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
82% of 100 analyzed blue chips disclosed their commitment to the SDG in their 2016 annual reports.
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