Scaling the Use of Guarantees in U.S. Community Investing (58 pages, PDF), argues that for foundations with experience making impact investments, guarantees are especially well suited for generating more impact without necessarily requiring additional liquidity. Funded by the Kresge Foundation, the report highlights case studies of how unfunded and funded guarantees have been used in the housing, healthcare, and energy efficiency sectors to mitigate risks related to liquidity, unfamiliarity with the sector, and uncertain geographic markets, thereby stimulating private-sector investment.
Macquarie, an Australian bank known for its infrastructure financing, led the purchase of theBritish government’s Green Investment Bank for £2.3 billion ($2.9 billion). Macquarie, which was joined by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 and the Universities Superannuation Scheme, a U.K.
Blended finance is the strategic use of public or private funds, including concessional tools, to mobilise additional capital flows (public and/or private) to emerging and frontier markets and represents one approach that has the potential to attract new sources of funding to the biggest global challenges.
In the food and agricultural sectors it estimates that achieving the SDGs could unlock 14 major business opportunities worth US$2.3 trillion annually by 2030, for example reducing food waste in value chains could be worth US$405 billion to the private sector.
Consider this: The $400 billion in private capital that is needed annually for large-scale conservation, according to Credit Suisse and McKinsey & Co., is eight times even the more generous current estimates of total conservation financing.
Cambridge Associates will benchmark impact investments in real estate, infrastructure, timber and other real assets. The move reflects growing interest in such investments as impact investors seek alternatives across asset classes.
Openimpact.ca debuted with information on more than 150 Canadian impact investing products. The public database provides a detailed look into Canada’s C$9 billion ($6.6 billion) market for impact investing.
A world where business is motivated primarily by profit – is no longer an option. Consumers, customers, investors and prospective employees are increasingly drawn to companies that want to do more than make money – companies that want to be of service to society and the environment.
The World Bank is pleased to release the 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals. With over 150 maps and data visualizations, the new publication charts the progress societies are making towards the 17 SDGs.
A new type of financing is linking private investors who want to do good — and make some money in the process — with not-for-profits looking to get upfront funding for programs where they're paid for results.
Only one-in-three European insurance companies take environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into account when investing, and most of these do so because of regulatory pressure, according to a survey by Axa IM.
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