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What’s “New” About Creating Shared Value? – Blog | SustainAbility

What’s “New” About Creating Shared Value? – Blog | SustainAbility | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
My initial reaction was similar to that of a number of other commentators have: that CSV is nothing new, but rather fresh terminology for a concept which many in the sustainability field have espoused for some time. As the Schumpeter column in The Economist pointed out, there is striking similarity between shared value and Jed Emerson’s concept of blended value, and overlap with what Stuart Hart put forth in “Capitalism at the Crossroads.” For these authors and others, regardless of the term used (e.g. sustainability, CSR, citizenship), the underlying meaning is the same: companies create business and societal value when they take a broader and longer-term view of their business activities.

I also took issue with several other implications, assertions and omissions. For example, Porter and Kramer seem to imply causality between corporations’ embrace of CSR and plummeting levels of trust in business. In reality, the current crisis in trust is about business practices that have clearly not had society in mind (to note one recently reported example, GE has taken a very aggressive approach" to minimizing its taxes).

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Co-operation in a world of scarce resources

Co-operation in a world of scarce resources | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Santa Rosa, CA - From competition among hunter-gatherers for wild game to imperialist wars over precious minerals, resource wars have been fought throughout history; today, however, the competition appears set to enter a new - and perhaps unprecedented - phase. As natural resources deplete, and as the earth's climate becomes less stable, the world's nations will likely compete ever more desperately for access to fossil fuels, minerals, agricultural land and water.

 

Nations need increasing amounts of energy and materials to produce economic growth, but the costs of supplying new increments of energy and materials are burgeoning. In many cases, lower-quality resources with high extraction costs are all that remain. Securing access to these resources often requires military expenditures as well. Meanwhile, the struggle for the control of resources is realigning political power balances throughout the world.

 

This game of resource "musical chairs" could well bring about conflict and privation on a scale never seen before in world history. Only a decisive policy shift toward resource conservation, climate change mitigation and economic cooperation seems likely to produce a different outcome.

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Governmentality at the Base-of-the-Pyramid (2011)

The Base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) corporate strategy perceives market-based solutions to the problem of global poverty. The strategy is premised on the view that people in BoP markets live in fundamental lack, which can be overcome with business intervention. The merits of this idea seem obvious, but its ideological premise within contemporary capitalism is often lost on many. The purpose of the authors in this paper is to explore the ideological premise of the BoP strategy. The authors employ Foucault’s notion of “governmentality” to suggest that corporate adoption of the BoP strategy mimics a neocolonial incursion into heretofore inaccessible markets, by constituting the poor as free, self-governing individuals-modern citizens in the Western liberal sense-toward facilitating market control and exploitation for corporate ends.

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The Difference Between Online Knowledge and Truly Open Knowledge

The Difference Between Online Knowledge and Truly Open Knowledge | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Liberation from the bounds of books and libraries doesn't mean freedom from the constraints of corporate power and culture.
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Winners and losers

Winners and losers | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
How have the world's big economies fared since 2007?

 

The geography of the current global recession is charted here.  What patterns do you see in the world today?  Why? 


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Kyle M Norton's comment, February 5, 2012 11:09 AM
Dear god, that's not good. While we try to police the world China sits back and makes boat loads of money.
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Logging of primary rainforests not ecologically sustainable, argue scientists

Logging of primary rainforests not ecologically sustainable, argue scientists | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Tropical countries may face a risk of 'peak timber' as continued logging of rainforests exceeds the capacity of forests to regenerate timber stocks and substantially increases the risk of outright clearing for agricultural and industrial plantations, argues a trio of scientists writing in the journal Biological Conservation. The implications for climate, biodiversity, and local economies are substantial.

 

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Worldwatch Report #186: Creating Sustainable Prosperity in the United States: The Need for Innovation and Leadership | Worldwatch Institute

Worldwatch Report #186: Creating Sustainable Prosperity in the United States: The Need for Innovation and Leadership | Worldwatch Institute | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The United States finds itself at a critical juncture, as environmental degradation and resource depletion threaten the capacity of the U.S. economy to generate wealth for the indefinite future. The choice is not between the status quo and sustainability. The choice is whether the United States builds sustainable prosperity through prudent choices now or declines into sustained impoverishment because it failed to steward its assets when it had the choice.

In a comparative analysis of sustainability, the United States ranks barely in the top third of nations. Despite growing awareness of the need to build a sustainable national economy, U.S. output continues to be characterized by linear flows of materials, heavy dependence on fossil fuels, disregard for renewable resources, and resource use that is strongly connected to economic growth.

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IFC boosts trade finance for small firms in Vietnam

HCM City — IFC, the private sector funding arm of the World Bank Group, has expanded a trade finance line for the LienVietPostBank, allowing the bank to further help small and medium enterprises in Viet Nam sustain import and export activities and create jobs despite tighter global credit markets.

An IFC press release says the LienVietPost Bank’s trade finance line under IFC’s Global Trade Finance Programme has now quadrupled to US$20 million. Since joining the programme in May 2011, the bank has expanded its trade and finance products to small and medium businesses in key export and import sectors, particularly in the Mekong Delta.

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Abraaj Capital to Invest $20 Million in Egypt SME Sector | Impact Investing News

Abraaj Capital Ltd., the Middle East’s largest private-equity firm, plans to invest $20 million in Egypt’s small and medium-sized enterprises, or SMEs, this year despite the political unrest that has been sweeping the region since last year, a senior executive said Thursday. “We are in the final stages of making investments of around $20 million in Egypt…these investments should happen in the first quarter,” said Tom Speechley, chief executive of Riyada Enterprise Development Fund, the SME investment platform of Abraaj Capital.

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TMA Chicago/Midwest | The Base of the Pyramid: Opportunities and Challenges in the Middle Market

There is a palpable sense of impatience in the business press when discussing our tepid recovery. People are anxious to start up the music and resume the party and are seemingly resentful of those who point out that however much we might wish to be done with the Great Recession it is not done with us.

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Social Business: Can it bring social changes? | Future Startup

Social Business: Can it bring social changes? | Future Startup | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Obviously not because business can solve many existing problems, can bring peace among the distresses. Business can save thousands of lives from malnutrition, hunger. It can empower people, it can bring prosperity among the underprivileged. It can be a means of lessening unemployment and energizing women empowerment. Is it possible? Yes, if the means become Social business, which is a charity business from the sense of investment, only for solving socio-economic problems and bringing peace and thus it can bring social changes!

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RBC Announces $20 Million in Commitments to New Social and Environmental Initiative | Impact Investing News

RBC today announced a $20 million commitment to a new social and environmental initiative aimed at facilitating solutions to social and environmental problems. “Impact finance” describes a range of financial vehicles and services that use private capital to finance solutions to social and environmental challenges while generating financial return, and is expected to help drive the next wave of innovation and productivity growth in the global economy.

This initiative is comprised of:

 

A new $10 million capital fund – the RBC Impact Fund – to help finance projects by organizations and entrepreneurs tackling social and environmental challenges. Priority areas will include projects promoting environmental sustainability and water resource management, and providing employment opportunities for youth and newcomers toCanada; and

 

A $10 million investment by the RBC Foundation of its own assets into Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) funds.

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Is Bottom Billion Housing Being Ignored? : Habitation For The Planet

Is Bottom Billion Housing Being Ignored? : Habitation For The Planet | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Although 2011 UN data confirmed that the global poverty rate is expected to fall 15 percent by 2015 (8 percent below the targets laid out under the millennium development goals), what are already heavily degraded living conditions are becoming under severe pressure from rapidly expanding urban populations. For instance, whilst India was praised for having one the largest reductions in extreme poverty, our base of the pyramid housing analysis showed that access to dignified accommodation is considerably out of reach for the majority who are not benefitting from the massive wealth inflows. In the oil rich nation of Angola; where sector revenues are expected to triple to $250 billion by 2030 and GDP growth should reach approximately 8 percent in 2012; evictions of slums located on prime land remains a common occurrence combined with literally no housing solutions for the poor (a significant majority of the population live on less than US$ 3 per day). Such slum evictions continue to happen every day with often very little recourse for those affected (see Amnesty International’s campaign site which outlines just a handful of cases).

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The Case for Africa

The Case for Africa | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

For the past decade, Africa has been amongst the fastest growing regions on the planet. Today, half the economies in the world with more than 7% growth can be found in Africa. Today, Africa is one of the fastest growing regions on the planet. Significant African economies, much like developing Asia before it, are building an economic and social foundation that has transformed them into centres of growth and profit. The relentless globalisation of capital has brought investors and corporates further into Africa’s high growth markets than ever before.Africa’s image is one of an impoverished continent, but it is the repository of much of the world’s minerals. As the economies of the region develop they are starting to unlock this wealth, which will be used for the development of all the countries of the region. Half the world’s diamonds can be found in Africa but despite 130 years of exploitation, the deposits have barely been touched and the same is true for gold, oil, uranium and iron. Altogether Africa is estimated to contain $15 trillion worth of extractable mineral deposits.

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Mind the gap! Corporate social responsibility in Latin America

Mind the gap! Corporate social responsibility in Latin America | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Fresh from the oven came to my desk the most recent regional study on perceptions about the state of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Latin America. Although I am skeptical about the quality of these kinds of global surveys, some of the data collected is worth considering.

The State of CSR 2011 is a quantitative study that describes the perceptions of consumers and business executives on the state of CSR in Latin America. More than 3,200 people completed the survey: this included 1,279 executives and 1,927 consumers from 17 Latin American countries. The online questionnaire was created using CSR dimensions, as well as the actions and related expectations of the ISO 26,000 guidelines, as considered appropriate and relevant for this part of the continent by a panel of experts. The study was led by Forum Empresa Network, which coordinates 21 CSR-promoting non-profit organizations in 18 Latin American countries, bringing together a total of 3,400 companies.

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Learning from Kenya: Mobile money transfer and co-working spaces

Learning from Kenya: Mobile money transfer and co-working spaces | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Since Africa is trying to solve problems that we in the Western world do not have, it’s tempting to say that innovation there isn’t really relevant to us. But upon visiting Africa, one realizes that to ignore its recent innovations is a big mistake.

Take the case, for example, of the most modern payment technology commonly used today in the North: the credit card. It has hardly changed since the 50s in the last century. If they really wanted to simplify our lives, the heads of Visa, MasterCard and American Express would take a trip through Africa.

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The Quiet Revolution in Social Impact

The Quiet Revolution in Social Impact | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
There are currently 30 million African migrants who have left their home countries to find work elsewhere. They support more than 300 million people in their home countries, remitting essential food and goods, and in aggregate represent more than $10b in annual economic activity. This is an economy without an infrastructure, however, relying on informal channels and bribes to function.

South African entrepreneur Suzana Moreira is working to change that. Her startup moWoza uses SMS to help African migrants order, pay for, and select a place for parcel pickup. Instead of having to actually ship a bag of maize, for example, they can simply order one near the person they’re buying it for.

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Lok Capital closes second fund at $65 million

Lok Capital closes second fund at $65 million | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Lok Capital closed its second fund, Lok Fund II, at $65 million, the Mumbai-based impact investment-focused venture capital fund announced on Wednesday.

Lok Fund II is being anchored by existing investors, including International Finance Corporation, CDC, and KfW, as well as new investors Proparco and ASN Novib, according to a press statement released by the venture capital fund.

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Healthcare sector will offer enormous growth opportunities - Columns - livemint.com

Healthcare sector will offer enormous growth opportunities - Columns - livemint.com | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

There are plenty of investment opportunities in the healthcare technology space but most have long gestation cycles and challenging business models.

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Ecuador Creating Alternative to Neo-Liberal Model

Jayati Ghosh: Ecuador raising taxes on wealthy, higher royalties on oil companies and making large social investments...
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Impact Investing News

Micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) members of the Confederation of Indian Industry in the southern region will have a chance to be mentored by senior industry professionals. This will help Chief Executive of these units to improve their competitiveness.

The CII will provide its MSME members with hand-holding services to enhance technical skills through a panel of Senior Expert Advisory Services. They will also be provided with linkages experts for a one-to-one consultation and engagement.

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ADB Launches Sustanable Energy for All at Delhi Event | Energy for All

ADB Launches Sustanable Energy for All at Delhi Event | Energy for All | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

DELHI, INDIA – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is co-hosting the Asia regional rollout of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All today, part of the UN’s global initiative for achieving universal access to modern energy by 2030.

Today’s event brings together leading organizations, including The Energy and Resources Institute, UN-Energy, UNIDO, and the UN Foundation, to raise awareness of the importance of modern access to energy for human development.

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Are grants still the only way to kick-start BoP energy enterprises?

Are grants still the only way to kick-start BoP energy enterprises? | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Over recent years a number of development programmes in East Africa have together incubated hundreds of micro-scale businesses at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP). But what avenues of growth should we expect from the small-scale energy enterprises seeking to make a bigger impact?

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Angels in America, and elsewhere

Angels in America, and elsewhere | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

The OECD has just published a report that “aims to provide some qualitative and quantitative information on the angel market”. However, if you’re looking for advice on selling yours, you’ll be disappointed. Financing High-Growth Firms: The role of angel investors is actually about investors who finance new ventures at the start-up phase and sometimes help them with operational expertise and contacts as well. These “business angels” borrow their name from their counterparts in the theatre, people who put up money to pay for new shows.

They fill an important gap by providing external seed capital and early-stage equity, and in many countries they’re far more important than the better-known venture capitalists. The sums they invest are much smaller, around $25,000 to $500,000 compared with $3 to 5 million for venture capital, but it’s vital given how hard it is for new businesses and young entrepreneurs to get loans.

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Africa Base of the Pyramid Housing Perspectives : Habitation For The Planet

Africa Base of the Pyramid Housing Perspectives : Habitation For The Planet | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Whilst often difficult to make broad generalisations with regards to the future of such a huge continent (bearing in mind the wide geo political, economic and social differences), it has become more popularly argued that more hope than perhaps ever before exists in Africa. Looking at the broader statistics, as demonstrated in the graph below, growth levels that have seemingly brushed off the effects of the global economic crisis have justified a new found enthusiasm fuelled by increased service sector activity, firming commodity prices, higher demand for African exports from emerging economies and tourism development amongst others. Since 2001 six of the ten fastest growing nations were in Africa; nine Sub-Saharan African countries are witnessing GDP growth of over 7 percent and, despite the ongoing global economic turbulence, both the World Bank and the IMF are generally viewing the future of the continent positively.

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