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Expanding Access to Social Investing Opportunities

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Innovative thinking is helping BNY Mellon harness the power of investment to create positive, lasting change. The key is social investing strategies, which are designed to generate returns while advancing gender equality, sustainable development, access for disabled persons or to address other social and environmental concerns.

WFE Guidance Reinforces Transparency in Capital Markets

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The World Federation of Exchanges has today published revised sustainability recommendations for their member exchanges. GRI welcomes this update and encourages exchanges globally to consider the recommendations for their listing requirements. 

MetLife Social Impact Investments Rise to $50 Billion

MetLife Foundation financial inclusion commitments reach more than six million low-income individuals
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NEW YORK, June 19, 2018 /3BL Media/ – MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) today announced its impact investment portfolio grew to $50 billion in 2017, an increase of 12 percent year-over-year from 2016 to 2017, and MetLife Foundation reached more than six million low-income individuals through the fourth year of its five year, $200 million dollar commitment to financial inclusion.

First of Its Kind Loan: Barclays’ Borrower Pays Less if Sustainability Targets Are Met

by Jennifer Hermes
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In a first in the US, a company has entered into a syndicated sustainability-linked revolving loan. CMS Energy and its subsidiary, Consumers Energy, have entered into $1.4 billion revolving credit facilities from Barclays, the sole Sustainability Structuring Agent on the loan. This means that CMS can reduce its interest rate on the new credit by meeting targets related to environmental responsibility, CMS says. Sustainability-linked loans are products that allow issuers to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, according to Barclays.

Why Should Investors Care About ESG Data?

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The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards help companies communicate their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) impacts to a wide target audience, including the investment community. GRI believes that in order to achieve real progress, there's a need to align capital investment with sustainable business. We asked prominent investors why they think sustainability matters – here’s what they had to say.

Find out more about GRI’s activities with investors and the capital markets by clicking here

The Woman Driving Sustainable Finance at Barclays

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“Someone said to me a little while ago that once you start immersing yourself and engaging yourself with climate change issues, it’s almost impossible to go back to anything else. You would have to wake up every morning and think: I’m using all my skills and abilities to help support a ‘six degree world’. So, I can’t go back. This is me for the next twenty years.”

VIDEO | eBay Retail Revival: Akron Honey Company

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Brent Wesley started an urban beekeeping movement in Akron, Ohio, creating natural honey and personal care products featuring pure, all-natural ingredients. Today, Brent is one of more than 100 small businesses participating in eBay’s Retail Revival program, a 12-month economic development pilot. Retail Revival harnesses the power of technology and eBay’s global marketplace to support and grow small businesses, strengthen local economies and foster vibrant community growth.

Watch the video here.

The Hidden Story of Climate Proposals in the 2018 Proxy Season

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The 2017 proxy season offered some indelible headlines on climate-related shareholder action: majority votes at ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum and PPL Corporation; the first-ever votes in favor of climate shareholder proposals by major investors BlackRock and Vanguard; and the much-anticipated release of initial 2-degree scenario analyses from North American oil and gas and electric power companies.

Georgian Microfinance Lender Brings Innovative Financial Services to Rural Areas

Microfinance loans and value chain services support smallholder farmers, women and entrepreneurship in Georgia
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TBILISI, Georgia, May 29, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Crystal, a leading Georgian microfinance lender, has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a pledge to provide access to finance – including loans and value chain services – to 30,000 new clients in rural areas of Georgia, as well as disperse 1,000 new loans for green/solar solutions and energy efficiency projects by 2020. As part of this commitment, Crystal will continue its record of fostering economic opportunity for farmers, women and micro entrepreneurs.

‘Main Street Investor’ Coalition Aims to Undermine Shareholder Rights

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May 23, 2018  /3BL Media/ - A new coalition backed by the National Association of Manufacturers aims to 'undermine critical shareholder rights that investors have long supported and relied on to help them effectively and efficiently protect the long-term value of their investments,' Ceres CEO and President Mindy said in a statement. 

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