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Mainstreaming impact investing: Overcoming the hurdles, addressing the skeptics

Mainstreaming impact investing: Overcoming the hurdles, addressing the skeptics | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Asset management is in a state of flux. Trillions of dollars are expected to change hands over the next number of years as baby boomers begin to transfer their wealth to the next generation – a generation that has grown up in a culture that calls on business to play a more active role in building a better society.  In this context, the field of “impact investing” has taken center stage as a means to enable and empower for-profit business models to address society’s toughest challenges.

But what exactly is impact investing, and isn’t all investing intended to create impact? First coined by the Monitor Group in 2009, impact investing is an emerging industry that places capital in businesses (or entrepreneurs) that intentionally seek to create social or environmental value.

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Overheard at The Economist’s New York impact investing event

Overheard at The Economist’s New York impact investing event. Headliners at the magazine’s second annual gathering seemed to find their voice in rebutting stubborn assumptions.
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More Governments Are Turning To Impact Bonds–But Do They Deliver?

More Governments Are Turning To Impact Bonds–But Do They Deliver? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
As the first wave of these pay-for-success contracts come to fruition, what can we learn about mixing government services and private-sector innovations?
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Four suns: ‘Impact rating’ issued for a publicly traded mutual fund

Impact investing’s march into the mainstream continues. This week, Community Capital Management’s CRA-Qualified Investment Fund became the first publicly-traded mutual fund to receive a third-party…
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In Latin America, what’s an impact investment? –

Earlier this week Magma Partners, a venture firm with offices in Los Angeles and Santiago, Chile, announced the close of its second, $15 million fund, to back early-stage fintech and blockchain…
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Fit for the future: how ethical investing went mainstream

Fit for the future: how ethical investing went mainstream | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Ethical and sustainable investing is no longer simply about ditching cigarettes or saving trees. Investors are increasingly concerned about better returns and lower risks, says Sarah Moore.
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Can You Afford To Risk Not Aligning Corporate And Social Purposes?

Can You Afford To Risk Not Aligning Corporate And Social Purposes? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
I encourage readers to think about what your business does and how you do it. What are your customer and/or community needs and how is your business uniquely positioned to meet those needs? What value do customers place on your products and services?
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Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Blended Finance and Private Sector Contributions to the SDGs | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Blended Finance and Private Sector Contributions to the SDGs | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The Blended Finance Task Force published two co-branded papers analyzing private sector contributions to sustainable development finance. GreenBiz’s annual conference highlighted new ways of thinking about the SDGs’ relevance to businesses. UBS released a white paper on how wealth managers can partner to achieve the SDGs.
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Facebook, BlackRock, and the Case for Purpose-Driven Companies

Facebook, BlackRock, and the Case for Purpose-Driven Companies | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Social commitment can pay off in the long term.
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The 5 Largest Socially Responsible Funds in the US

The 5 Largest Socially Responsible Funds in the US | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The same names still dominate Sustainable Investing in the US
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Use evidence to make funding decisions

Use evidence to make funding decisions | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Here's how social sector funders can use evidence and data to inform their funding decisions and ensure that their money is being put to good use.
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Make money, do good: women and young invest with purpose

Make money, do good: women and young invest with purpose | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Investors increasingly want more than good returns - they want to do good, too, with women and millennials most likely to buy products that seek to save the world, according to a Swiss bank.

UBS, a global financial services company, said banks needed to create so-called impact investing products, which further global development goals by supporting
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Is ESG investing going mainstream?

Is ESG investing going mainstream? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Despite advisers' misgivings, asset managers are coming around to the idea that a company's stance on environmental, social and governance issues is a good proxy for future success.
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Millennials invest with purpose - Newspaper

Millennials invest with purpose - Newspaper | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Women and millennials most likely to buy products that seek to save the world, Swiss bank says.
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Watch For These 3 Corporate Social Impact Trends In 2018

Watch For These 3 Corporate Social Impact Trends In 2018 | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Top social impact agency professionals weigh in with predictions for brand purpose initiatives in 2018. Three of the trends focused on the importance of companies taking visible and strong stands on socio-political issues. But watch out! There are risks to taking a stand. Our experts share tips.
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Here come the ‘Do Wellers’

Here come the ‘Do Wellers’ | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
In the din of companies and brands shouting about the good they’re doing, ‘purposewash’ is overtaking ‘greenwash’ as the default accusation of corporate hypocrisy. 30 years ago, Chevron were one of the first accused of greenwash after a series of ads purporting to show their environmental stewardship commitment. ‘People Do’ showed employees protecting bears, butterflies, sea turtles and other cuddlies, but the campaign was attacked by environmentalists for glossing over the damage inflicted by Chevron operations on those creatures’ habitats.
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JPMorgan’s Entrepreneurs of Color Fund expands to New York and San Francisco

In 2015, JPMorgan Chase made a $6.5 million commitment to Detroit’s financially underserved minority small business owners as part of a $150 million investment in the city. The bank nearly tripled…
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The End of a Debate? India Highlights the Dominance of For-Profit Capital in Impact Investing

The End of a Debate? India Highlights the Dominance of For-Profit Capital in Impact Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Can impact investing be as profitable as mainstream investing – or does it work better as a nonprofit model, or as a less-profitable niche in the broader investing space? The evolution of the sector in India suggests that this long-running debate may be winding down, as a clear consensus emerges.
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Impact Investor Capria to Raise US$200m to Deploy in Emerging Markets

Impact Investor Capria to Raise US$200m to Deploy in Emerging Markets | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Impact investing firm Capria aims to raise US$200m this year to deploy in emerging markets. Capria’s network of impact investment funds in LatAm includes Odiseo in Colombia, Performa Investimentos in…
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Voices: The UN's Achim Steiner on the SDGs as a Framework for Impact Investing

Voices: The UN's Achim Steiner on the SDGs as a Framework for Impact Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
When Achim Steiner began his address at SOCAP17, he introduced himself as the son of farmers, a boy raised on a farm in Brazil who grew up to become the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In this role, Steiner heads an organization that works in 170 countries and territories with a mission to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. He also serves as chair of the United Nations Development Group, an organization that unites the 32 UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies and other organizations that are working together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Known worldwide as a passionate advocate for the SDGs, Steiner drew upon his personal knowledge of the local and the global challenges we face in his mainstage address at SOCAP17 to explain the true purpose, vision, and importance of the SDGs and to describe the ways they serve as a framework for investment in a better future for our planet
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Estée Lauder and Investing In Gender Equality | An Impact Investing Success Story

I spoke with Joe Keefe, Impact Investing leader, and President & CEO of Pax World Funds. We talked about where he sees impact investments driving change, and he shared a recent favorite impact…
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Ronald Cohen’s Impact may get $2 billion for India

Ronald Cohen’s Impact may get $2 billion for India | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
GSG, which will largely play the role of an incubator for both funds, is currently meeting stakeholders, entrepreneurs and funds for the same.
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Investor Readiness: How asset owners can prepare for effective impact investing

Impact Voices is an occasional series sharing the opinions of impact investing practitioners and leaders with ImpactAlpha readers. The views expressed in Impact Voices are the writers’ own, not…
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Congress Passes the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA) —

Congress Passes the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA) — | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Included in the recently passed Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA). This legislation is the result of more than five years’ worth of efforts by bipartisan lawmakers to create a standing pool of capital to support outcomes based financing.
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Can The World’s Underbanked Leapfrog On To A New Blockchain Financial

Can The World’s Underbanked Leapfrog On To A New Blockchain Financial | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Moeda is a new startup that allows investors to use the blockchain to support cooperatives in rural Brazil–in a different way than is possible in the current system.
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Why We’re Excited about Blockchain for Impact Investing

First, there was the Internet — a foundational public network that galvanized a radical transformation in almost every sector of our economy, and created a whole slew of new ones. Now there is…
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