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Venture philanthropy risky but rewarding - The Denver Post

Venture capital takes financial capital and expertise and provides it to high-potential, high-risk, startup businesses. Venture philanthropy uses the same approach and applies it to philanthropic donations in the nonprofit or social enterprise sector. Both VC and VP involve a commitment of time and resources, carry a high degree of risk and can produce outsized returns.
Many people think of charitable donations as social investments. Just like business investments, charitable social investments come in different varieties for different types of investors. Some donations to nonprofit organizations are like investing in bonds: They involve low risk and generate more conservative social returns. Many charitable organizations do excellent and important work, and such donations produce meaningful and largely predictable results.

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Looking Back on the Limits of Growth

Looking Back on the Limits of Growth | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Recent research supports the conclusions of a controversial environmental study released 40 years ago: The world is on track for disaster. So says Australian physicist Graham Turner, who revisited perhaps the most groundbreaking academic work of the 1970s,The Limits to Growth.

 

Written by MIT researchers for an international think tank, the Club of Rome, the study used computers to model several possible future scenarios. The business-as-usual scenario estimated that if human beings continued to consume more than nature was capable of providing, global economic collapse and precipitous population decline could occur by 2030.

 

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GRI Releases Sustainability Taxonomy, Public Comments on G4 · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

GRI Releases Sustainability Taxonomy, Public Comments on G4 · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

The Global Reporting Initiative has released a taxonomy for tagging sustainability data in reports and has released the results of the first public comment period on the development of G4, its future guidelines.

The XBRL taxonomy should make it easier for report users – including regulators, investors and analysts – to find and analyze data, GRI says.

Developed in conjunction with Deloitte Netherlands, XBRL, which stands for eXtensible Business Reporting Language, is an open-source tagging language similar to the XML system used worldwide for tagging data in financial reports. By using the language, companies can make their data readable by both humans and computers, making the data more accessible and easier to transfer, GRI says.

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Vietnam ready to share experience in agriculture and rural development

Vietnam ready to share experience in agriculture and rural development | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Vietnam is willing to cooperate and share experiences in agriculture and rural development with other countries through the FAO’s South-South Cooperation Programme.


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Mapping Results to Track Progress: IDB releases MapAmericas

Mapping Results to Track Progress: IDB releases MapAmericas | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently launched a new online resource: MapAmericas. This interactive tool can be used to track progress on the development projects funded by the IDB in Bolivia, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Uruguay. Established in 1959, the IDB promotes sustainable economic development and financial inclusion throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, based on a strong commitment to achieving measurable results while demanding a high level of integrity, transparency, and accountability.

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The Sustainable Investor: The Trillion Dollar Investment Opportunity

The Sustainable Investor: The Trillion Dollar Investment Opportunity | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

If you are familiar with Boardwalk Capital, you know that our business provides a different type of investment management. We focus a great deal of attention on finding large companies who are exemplary corporate citizens, building strategies from a pool of these well-run, forward thinking companies.

To create a full sustainable portfolio, however, we bring in other asset types such as bonds, commodities, and specialty equity investments -- all with an overarching theme of responsible and profitable investing.

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Inclusive business models | Seas of Change Initiative

Inclusive business models | Seas of Change Initiative | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

“Inclusiveness is not necessary from a food security perspective. Literature shows that there is always a trade-off between efficiency and inclusiveness. On the whole there is still massive lack of inclusiveness of poor producers. Institutional and policy environments that ‘forces’ all businesses to adapt more inclusive businesses practices are the most important factors that contribute to greater inclusiveness.”

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Inside Inclusive Business 1: Striking a balance between profits and impact

Striking a balance between profits and impact: how scenario modeling can be used to create a successful inclusive business plan is the first Business Innovation Facility publication in the Inside Inclusive Business series.

Striking a balance takes an indepth look at a challenge common to many setting up an inclusive business - how to decide whether to pursue faster break-even or wider social impact? Drafted by BIF colleagues working on the Jita project in Bangladesh, it is based on their experience and it shares the successful solution they found by using scenario modeling in a new context, outside conventional business assessment, to establish priorities for a social enterprise start-up.

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Sustainability: It Should Be About More Than the Bottom Line - Forbes

Sustainability: It Should Be About More Than the Bottom Line - Forbes | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Going green can be profitable – that is the conclusion of multiple studies that have looked at the financial outcomes of corporate efforts to improve their environmental impacts. By reducing emissions, packaging materials, and waste, Walmart, Unilever, and many other companies have been able to reduce their costs and improve their environmental impact. This has led some to conclude that the best way for corporations to serve society and to operate sustainably is to focus on reducing costs and maximizing their profits.

I think that this is a flawed conclusion. The alternative to this profit-above-all approach is a sustainably effective approach that focuses on the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. Organizations that practice and integrate sustainability thinking put it into all of their operations – they do not just work on what leads to profits. They integrate sustainability into their very DNA, and everything proceeds from that. These organizations measure themselves in all three areas and structure and design their operations to perform in ways that have a positive impact on all three.

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Is it Immoral to Earn Attractive Profits from Poor Customers? | Paul Polak | Out of Poverty

Is it Immoral to Earn Attractive Profits from Poor Customers? | Paul Polak | Out of Poverty | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

How can we successfully achieve scale? It takes planning and designing from the very beginning, and the unleashing of powerful positive market forces at the locations where poor people are buyers and sellers. The only way to unleash those forces is to demonstrate to global businesses that they can earn attractive profits selling transformative products to poor customers. This is exactly what I have dedicated the rest of my life to accomplishing.
But, I am not an economist. How do some of the world’s leading economists view the prospect of earning sizeable profits serving poor customers at scale?

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The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time

The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Tell the truth: Do you answer email during conference calls (and sometimes even during calls with one other person)? Do you bring your laptop to meetings and then pretend you're taking notes while you surf the net? Do you eat lunch at your desk? Do you make calls while you're driving, and even send the occasional text, even though you know you shouldn't?

The biggest cost — assuming you don't crash — is to your productivity. In part, that's a simple consequence of splitting your attention, so that you're partially engaged in multiple activities but rarely fully engaged in any one. In part, it's because when you switch away from a primary task to do something else, you're increasing the time it takes to finish that task by an average of 25 per cent.

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Abraaj Capital Sizing Up Indonesian Natural-Resource Firms | The Jakarta Globe

Abraaj Capital Sizing Up Indonesian Natural-Resource Firms | The Jakarta Globe | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Abraaj Capital, a Middle Eastern hedge fund, is scouting possible acquisitions in natural-resource companies in Indonesia to capitalize on the country’s huge population and accelerating economy, a top executive at a regional subsidiary said on Thursday.

“Indonesia, given its large demographic condition, young population and rising purchasing power, is a market for us,” said Omar K. Lodhi, chief executive officer of Abraaj Capital Asia.

Abraaj Capital plans to invest in tin mines and agriculture in the country, Lodhi said, declining to provide details on acquisition targets or value.

“That is something confidential,” he offered with a smile.

For any possible investment, Abraaj Capital is looking at “big items,” ranging from $50 million and above in acquisition value, he said. Abraaj Capital, based in Dubai, has $6.3 billion in assets under management.

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Sell the farm: agriculture and poverty reduction

Sell the farm: agriculture and poverty reduction | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

One way of looking at this process and what governments can do to help is outlined in a new OECD publication Agricultural Policies for Poverty Reduction, edited by Jonathan Brooks. Change can be seen as a four-phase process for the agricultural sector.

In the early stages of development, agriculture dominates output and employment, and the priority is to “get agriculture moving”.

The subsequent generation of a surplus within agriculture leads to a second period in which agriculture makes a key contribution to growth both directly and via a variety of linkages to other sectors. These linkages range from small-scale local arrangements such as farm households having another source of income off the farm, to participation in global value chains through selling produce to international food processors.

In the third phase, agriculture’s share of national income declines and agricultural incomes fall behind those in other sectors, so the priority lies in helping the adjustment to succeed.

The fourth and final phase is one in which the agricultural sector, including agricultural labour markets, is integrated into the rest of the economy.

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From Euromonitor: Green Buying Behavior – Results from a Global Online Survey

From Euromonitor: Green Buying Behavior – Results from a Global Online Survey | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

From Euromonitor: Green Buying Behaviour: Global Online Survey. The importance of green descriptors. Despite the recession, issues such as sustainability, health, world poverty, animal welfare and food safety have become increasingly important factors guiding shoppers’ purchasing decisions. Shoppers are more interested in the way their food is produced, especially in the face of the negative publicity surrounding modern, efficiency-driven production processes. As a result, retailers and manufacturers are quick to use green attributes as a point of differentiation. From beauty products to household goods and groceries, terms such as “natural”, “organic”, “locally sourced”, and “fair trade”, have begun to feature increasingly on labels and ingredient lists, and many consumers are willing to pay a premium for them.

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Sustainability in World Apparel Industry Reviewed in New Textiles Intelligence Report Published at MarketPublishers.com

Sustainability in World Apparel Industry Reviewed in New Textiles Intelligence Report Published at MarketPublishers.com | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

New research report "Strategies for Sustainability in the Global Apparel Industry" drawn up by Textiles Intelligence has been recently published by Market Publishers Ltd. The report reveals that with companies having come under close scrutiny for the adverse impact of their operations on the environment and on society, the textile and apparel industry has become highly eco-conscious.

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Development aid: Who is best?

Development aid: Who is best? | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Norway just got a gold medal for development aid, ranked as the best donor country by the donors’ own reporting body called Organisation for Cooperation and Development (OECD), currently with 34 industrialised countries as members, well, itself with a checkered background as for approval by the developing countries.


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A Unified Theory of Social Change

A Unified Theory of Social Change | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Most conversations about changing the world eventually degenerate into despair or, after a hands-in-the-air "well, anyway..." segue, they lapse into a conversation about something more practical or pressing.
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Carlyle Group launches new fund for Africa  - Business |theeastafrican.co.ke

Carlyle Group launches new fund for Africa  - Business |theeastafrican.co.ke | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

About a year after it launched an investment team for sub-Saharan Africa, US-based private equity firm, The Carlyle Group, is raising a new fund focused on the region.

The Carlyle sub-Saharan Africa Fund comes hot on the heels of setting up the Johannesburg-based team to pursue investment opportunities on the continent.

At the moment, the firm has investments in Europe, Asia and North America. It first debuted in the emerging markets in 1999, investing in Asia. East Africa is one of the regions, where the fund is eyeing opportunities.

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Updated India Base of Economic Period (BOP) statistics

Updated India Base of Economic Period (BOP) statistics | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Last year, Omidyar Network presented a very helpful report called Inclusive Innovation which referenced some recent statistics on the size of the BOP (the base of the economic pyramid) population in India.

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Good for Business: The Rise of the Conscious Corporation Review | Google Website Tools

Good for Business: The Rise of the Conscious Corporation Review | Google Website Tools | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

The world is rapidly changing and those companies that recognize how and why will have a better chance to excel in the future. Consumers, prospective employees, investors, and governing bodies all have higher expectations of companies than they did in the past.

Good for Business lays out 4 cornerstones for successful businesses of the future- (1) having a purpose beyond profit,(2) a people-centered culture, (3) a sustainable approach to business, and (4) respect for consumers' power.
Good for Business is loaded with data, real world examples, and case studies which persuasively support the author's thesis. A wide range of companies such as Zappos, Wal Mart, Green Mountain Coffee, and The Container Store are featured.

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Facilitating social investments: help shape legislation!

Facilitating social investments: help shape legislation! | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

The European Commission launched a Social Business Initiative in November 2011. One of the 11 key action areas is a proposal for regulation on European Social Entrepreneurship Funds. This proposal is currently being discussed in the European Parliament and I will have the opportunity to address the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs on 20 March.

The goal of the proposal is to provide a framework in the EU that will remove barriers to efficient flows of capital to funds that invest in social entrepreneurs and social businesses. The proposal seeks to remove two perceived obstacles to the growth of social-investment funds:

Due to different rules in each member state, funds find it costly and difficult to raise capital in countries other than the ones in which they are based.
Lack of transparency for investors on which funds really do invest in social businesses with a clearly tracked social or environmental impact and which ones are more mainstream investments.

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IDB, JICA to provide up to US$600mn for renewables, energy efficiency

IDB, JICA to provide up to US$600mn for renewables, energy efficiency | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

IDB and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide up to US$600mn in financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Central America and the Caribbean over the next five years, the bank said in a statement.

Financing will benefit Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama and Suriname.

Under the agreement, IDB and JICA have created two co-financing schemes: joint-co-financing, in which IDB will match financing provided by JICA in each project; and parallel co-financing, in which each organization will separately finance specific components of an eligible project.

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Associated Press Interactive: AP Economic Stress Index

Associated Press Interactive: AP Economic Stress Index | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

A visualization of the combined impact of unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcy over the Great Recession.

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Sweden’s largest hedge fund Brummer & Partners begins private equity push in the Philippines

Sweden’s largest hedge fund Brummer & Partners begins private equity push in the Philippines | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Sweden’s largest hedge fund manager Brummer & Partners has announced the launch of its private equity initiative in the Philippines. According to the firm’s 48-page annual report, the push to establish its presence in the Philippines actually began in 2011.
Brummer & Partners Head of Communications Jacob Lannerö confirmed the information available in the annual report that a team of experts from the company are in Manila to look for opportunities particularly among unlisted Philippine companies from different sectors.
He said the team would establish the firm’s operations in Manila to launch its private equity fund project.
However, Lannerö did not provide further details of the project, citing legal requirements that prevent the company from further disclosures.

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Same fundamentals, better investment story - AVCJ

Same fundamentals, better investment story - AVCJ | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Indonesia has emerged as a priority destination for private equity managers in recent years. It is not difficult to understand the attraction. The country with a population of 250 million was unscathed by the recent financial crisis and boasts rising incomes, high urbanization levels and strong economic growth. It is an appealing investment alternative to the increasingly crowded Indian and Chinese markets.
For some, there is a bit of déjà vu about the developments in Indonesia. Private equity firms and other foreign investors were once active in acquiring local assets. Indeed, prior to the Asian financial crisis and before the emergence of China and India, Indonesia was seen by many as Asia's leading PE market. The selling points were much the same as they are now, but it is to hoped that investors participating in this wave appreciate lessons learned from the last.
It is also worth noting that Indonesia has changed enormously in other ways - it is now politically stable and the regulatory and legal systems are more user-friendly.
The current trend most likely started with local investors, some with affiliations to private equity, who made strong returns in natural resources-related investments, as well as distressed asset deals made even earlier on. Investments via private equity vehicles returned to the market in the form of indigenous local funds managed by savvy and well-connected Indonesian professionals, who were able to capitalize on opportunities that put the country back on the private equity map.

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