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How three of the best-performing socially conscious funds are investing - The Economic Times

How three of the best-performing socially conscious funds are investing - The Economic Times | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

NEW YORK: Socially responsible investing has long been associated with avoiding companies in "vice businesses" like alcohol, tobacco and weapons.  Yet managers at socially conscious fundssay screening companies based on how they treat workers is just as important, especially in light of the April collapse of a factory building in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,200 people. 

The disaster triggered calls for US retailers such as Wal-Mart and Gap Inc to join a fire- and building-safety agreement backed by some of Europe's largest apparel brands. Both US companies have so far declined to sign on to the pact, saying their own safety plans will get faster results.  Companies with a "best in class" environmental screen, for instance, returned an annual return of 13.07 percent from 1995 to 2003.

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Blog | HumanProgress.org

Blog | HumanProgress.org | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Private philanthropy can be used to help people escape generational cycles of poverty and welfare-dependency, and make their way in the free enterprise economy.
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Japan should utilise dormant bank accounts for 'impact investment', says GSG chief

Japan should utilise dormant bank accounts for 'impact investment', says GSG chief | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Laws covering Japanese utilization of dormant account funds for social causes were enacted in December 2016 and will come into effect by mid-2018.
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Small Data for Big Impact | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Small Data for Big Impact | Stanford Social Innovation Review | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Small data can transform opportunities and quality of life for underserved communities, and help address the biases of big data.
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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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Access to financing | Barclays Citizenship | Barclays

We will increase access to funding solutions for areas. We will also build an impact investing proposition and aim to grow our Green Bond Treasury portfolio
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How would an Impact Investment Portfolio look like if it was focused on Health instead of on…

Sustainable Development Goal №3: Good health and well being. “No amount of medicine, vaccines and biotech will cure a sick society with a sickening environment, but if we have a healthy society and a…
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When Blended Finance meets Impact Investing – OECD showcases managed MIFA-Fund

When Blended Finance meets Impact Investing – OECD showcases  managed MIFA-Fund | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
On January 29, 2018 the OECD held a conference in Paris on “Private Finance for Sustainable Development”, highlighting the important role private finance plays in achieving the goals set in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. The conference brought together leading actors from policy and practice on Blended Finance, Social Impact …
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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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