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Dell and IMPACT Announce Collaboration to Support Women’s Empowerment in Democratic Republic of Congo

As the Dell’s Women Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) meets in Toronto, the tech leader announces new funding for business education of women in Congo focused on investing strategies to support new entrepreneurship opportunities
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TORONTO, July 17, 2018 /3BL Media/   Dell is teaming with the Canadian-based non-profit IMPACT to provide women in the Democratic Republic of Congo with business education focused on investing their savings into new entrepreneurship opportunities in their communities.

Legg Mason Among Holdings in New Goldman Sachs/JUST Capital ETF

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As one of the companies in the top 50% of JUST Capital’s industry rankings, Legg Mason is included as a holding in the recently-launched Goldman Sachs JUST US Large Cap Equity Exchange-Traded Fund (NYSE:JUST).

In 2017, Legg Mason was named to the list of America’s 100 Most JUST Companies – an annual ranking by JUST Capital and Forbes, which ranks the largest publicly-traded corporations in the US on the issues Americans care most about, including worker pay and treatment, job creation, healthy products and communities and environmental impact, among others.

Seeking Sustainable Growth: GRI to Help Build Standards-based Approach for EU’s Sustainable Finance policy

Eszter Vitorino appointed to the European Commission’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance
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July 4, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Following the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, the EU has mobilized many initiatives to support the global move towards a sustainable economy. One of these is the EU Sustainable Finance strategy, which focuses on examining how to integrate environmental, social and governance considerations into the European Union’s financial system. 
 

Walmart Foundation Invests Nearly US $2M in ‘Farmer Market Readiness Program’ in India

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NEW DELHI, June 27, 2018 /3BL Media/ ― Over 6000 farmers in Andhra Pradesh will move to an improved business model for better value chains and better incomes through an intensive two-year project supported by the Walmart Foundation in partnership with ICRISAT.

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. 

Sappi's Jennifer Miller Reflects on Community Engagement as Key to Success

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Jennifer Miller, Chief Business Sustainability Officer, reflects on how customer, colleague and community connections build stronger companies. 

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.

An International Dialogue With Sappi's Sustainability Leadership

Jennifer Miller and Valli Moosa exchange thoughts on sustainable forestry
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Sappi Limited board member and SETS Committee Chair Valli Moosa and Sappi North America’s Chief Business Sustainability Officer Jennifer Miller exchange thoughts on sustainable forestry.

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.

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.

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