The Global Impact Investing Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry.
Globalization is clearly responsible for some of the job losses, particularly trade with China during the 2000s, which led to the rapid loss of 2 million to 2.4 million net jobs, according to research by economists including Daron Acemoglu and David Autor of M.I.T.
Encourage Capital, which spent the last few years developing blueprints for investments in sustainable seafood, has made its first such an investment, through a new holding company backed by $10 million from the next generation of the billionaire Walton family.
FinTech is a recent buzzword for a wave of technological innovations that are disrupting and challenging not only financial services but the business sector in general. Here we provide a simple explanation of what FinTech is and what everyone should know.
Bank of America today announced that it is enhancing how it engages with clients interested in pursuing positive environmental and social outcomes through impact investing. A recent U.S. Trust study found that 38 percent of wealthy individuals have or are interested in impact investments today.1 Other industry research has found that nearly half of affluent investors are interested in participating in socially responsible investments over the next 12 months.2 Additionally, 74 percent of investors say they would be more likely to work with an advisor who could offer investment strategies that result in both competitive returns and a positive impact on society.2 Today, 17 percent of Merrill Lynch advisors use five or more impact investing solutions to help meet their clients’ needs – twice as many advisors compared to just three years ago. To address these trends and growing demand, the company is enhancing its process, platform and resources dedicated to impact investing.
When the Economist speaks, people listen. Simply by declaring that impact investing is going mainstream, the 175-year-old newsmagazine is helping make it so. On Wednesday, the magazine is hosting its first conference to demonstrate the shift.
SustainAbility and GRI have published insights on four key trends fundamental to the UN Sustainable Development Goals: climate change, human rights, wealth inequality, and data and technology. The insights provide practical guidance to organizations responding to the risks and opportunities that we face on our path to a sustainable future and are captured in the
This 2016 European SRI Study bears out the sustained growth in SRI across different approaches. The data collected for this Study, at the end of 2015, allowed us to cover institutional and retail assets from 13 different European markets. The methodology was modified for some minor aspects, as a few simplifications were brought to the SRI questionnaire; but the taxonomy remains unchanged from 2012. Some of the main growth trends highlighted in this edition have built up consistently over the past years. However, it is worth noting a number of interesting shifts.
At the end of 2016, 18 Dutch financial institutions with a collectively managed capital of 2,800 billion euros and 3 impact investment networks and advisors signed the Sustainable Development Goals Investment Agenda (SDGI). The SDGI Agenda, is supported by pension funds, insurance companies and bank and describes priorities to promote sustainable investments at home and abroad in collaboration with the government and supervisory authorities.
This report highlights the paradox within impact investing: the prioritisation of ‘social impact’ without prioritising ‘impact evidence’. The growth of metrics, ratings and certification-based approaches has sought to address this gap but this only goes so far, and there is a need for a more evaluative approach to assessing impact.
London Stock Exchange Group has issued guidance, setting out recommendations for good practice in Environmental, Social and Governance reporting (ESG). The global guide responds to demand from investors for a more consistent approach to ESG reporting, which is now a core part of the investment decision process.
A new report published by WWF and ISEAL indicates how businesses can achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and unlock new market opportunities by using credible voluntary sustainability standards to transform entire sectors and supply chains.
Symasia has been established six years ago and is a 100 percent subsidiary of Credit Suisse. It's an umbrella platform to enable clients to set up or manage their own personal or corporate foundations under Symasia.
Whither social-impact investment in the Trump administration may depend on Dina Powell, the former Goldman Sachs executive who was named, with Ivanka Trump’s help, assistant to the president and senior counselor for economic initiatives.
ImpactAssets has released its 2016 impact investing showcase, the ImpactAssets 50 (IA 50), a free online resource for investors and financial advisors. The sixth annual list provides a diversified overview of fund managers representing private debt and equity investments that deliver social and environmental impact as well as financial returns.
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