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Blockchain for Social Impact: A Discussion Panel with Industry Leaders and Experts

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What do you need to know to make successful investments in the new world of cryptocurrency and blockchain?  How can you build a strategy that helps you and your investors leap ahead of the pack?

The Blockchain for Social Impact panel is set to shape a day of powerful learning at “The World Trade Center Blockchain Summer Event” on June 29 at 9:45am ET. You will learn more about innovations in the field of cryptocurrency, how blockchain is different, what to look for in blockchain investments, and what these technologies open up for entrepreneurs and investors.

Realizing Women’s Full Financial Potential

Gender equality unlocks economic growth
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Globally, women influence or control more than 25 percent of wealth, but a lack of access to affordable financial products and services can hold them back. BNY Mellon helps increase women’s financial inclusion to improve their lives, communities and society.

Once women establish a financial footprint by opening checking or savings accounts, they can build their financial empowerment through the use of payment systems and loans, which help women achieve financial health and enable them to mitigate risk and plan and save for the future.

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

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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.

Financial Services Support a Low-Carbon Economy

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In markets around the world, BNY Mellon is working to support clients in ways that have a positive impact on the environment and society, including by facilitating the issuance of green bonds. These securities are an innovative tool for driving capital to sustainable investment; in 2017, global green bond issuance totaled a record $155.5 billion, and volume could reach $250 billion to $300 billion in 2018, according to research from the Climate Bonds Initiative.

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.”

The Green Bond Opportunity

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As the global green bond market continues to see significant growth, it is also attracting a larger and wider issuer base. This growth reflects $155.5 billion in labeled green bonds, incorporated into a larger $895 billion universe of climate-aligned bonds that contribute to a low-carbon economy.

Use of green bond proceeds shows how issuers are raising capital to conserve energy and resources, transform transportation systems and protect water, land and forests.

Pension Funds Invest Responsibly

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Increasingly, employees with pensions think about how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors affect their investments. BNY Mellon’s Marvin Vervaart, Asset Owner Segment Head for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and pension fund manager Gert-Jan Sikking, Senior Advisor Responsible Investment for PGGM, a Dutch cooperative pension fund manager, discuss the trend and how it benefits society, our business and our stakeholders.

‘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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Small Change, Big Impact: Using Crowdfunding to Invest in Neighborhoods

Small Change founder Eve Picker wants everyone to be able to invest in urban renewal — and reap the rewards.
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Throughout 2018, we will be celebrating today’s new class of reinventors, inspiring people who defy convention while redefining their impact on our world. From city planners to philanthropic entrepreneurs, artists and more, we are spotlighting interesting people doing amazing acts of reinvention.

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