Finance and SRI News

World’s Stock Exchanges Launching Sustainability Reporting Standards

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable reporting has come of age. The UN and the nonprofits are no longer the only ones advocating sustainability reporting, and the markets themselves are demanding it. When companies report on sustainability issues, they also tend to act more sustainably. Market analysts increasingly point toward a positive correlation between sustainability commitment and strong financial performance.

World’s Top Banks Making Progress to Reduce Climate Risk

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Since the COP21 climate summit in Paris, climate change has risen up the agenda in the corporate and financial sectors. Leading banks and financial institutions are now seeking opportunities in sync with the global climate goals. However, there is an urgent need for many banks to review policies and strategies in order to make a deeper contribution to climate risk mitigation.

Major ESG Trends to Impact Capital Markets in 2017

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The beginning of 2017 marks an inflection point for institutions that want to investfor the long-term. Investors and policy makers have increasingly advocated against short-termism. Institutional investors can manage economy-wide risks more effectively through collaborative engagements that strengthen market standards in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) areas.

Conservation Investing by Companies Shows Dramatic Growth

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Over the last few years, socially and environmentally conscious impact investing by the corporate sector has witnessed encouraging growth. One of the key components of this field is “conservation investing,” which has assumed increasing importance in view of the global commitment to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainable Investing Gains Wider Acceptance

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable investing essentially involves putting money into companies that are committed to integrating their business goals with the larger environmental, social and corporate governance criteria. Investors strive to make their investments deliver competitive returns apart from making a positive social impact.

PayPal Reveals Eight Million People Gave Globally To Charities Over The Holidays

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Over eight million people in 181 countries contributed over $971 million to 282,053 charities during this holiday season, says Paypal, which has reported an 11 percent growth in charitable giving in 2016 —making 2016 the biggest year for end-of-year donations with PayPal ever.

Bill Gates Leads 21 Marquee Investors to Launch $1B Energy Tech Fund

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Investors have recognized over the years that the traditional Silicon Valley model of VC investing is not likely to work for cleantech. Therefore, a variety of new models have been introduced, including Cyclotron Road, which is collaborating closely with university labs; the energy research shop of Otherlab; regionally focused groups like the Energy Excelerator; and industry-focused projects such as Powerhouse.

Impact Investing Receives Boost with Funds Focusing on ESG Performance

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A growing number of investment funds are profitably deploying private capital as a tool for effective change. The value proposition of this strategy is that investors are increasingly interested in looking at investment options that integrate sustainability.

Wealthy Individuals in Asia Increase Focus on Impact Investing

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In 2007, the term “impact investing” was coined at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, putting a name to investments made with the intention of generating both financial return and social and/or environmental impact. Among High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs), impact investing delivers the satisfaction of wealth creation while making a difference to the society.

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