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5 Black Tech Leaders Making a Difference

From HBCU outreach to strategic seed fund investing, these five luminaries are leading the way toward a more diverse, inclusive Silicon Valley.
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The tech industry has long been a beacon for change agents. But the disruptors, the innovators, and the inventors most lauded for their work are a reflection of the racial biases of our broader culture — that is, they are white, and usually men. 

The Inclusive Growth Toolkit Helps Erie Rebuild

A novel tool from the Center helps drive investment to overlooked, underinvested areas.
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Natasha Pacley discovered a talent for cooking at a young age at her grandmother’s side. She had her sights set on sharing those recipes with the world, but life would intervene before she could get back to her love. Homeless at age 18, Natasha found her way to culinary school and worked her way back to stability.

Scotia Global Asset Management Launches Suite of Scotia Low Carbon Funds, Announces Other ScotiaFunds Name Changes

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TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Scotia Global Asset Management today announced the launch of a suite of Scotia Low Carbon Funds, diversified portfolios of high-quality investments designed to provide a lower carbon intensity than the broader market: 

As Important as Ever: Microloans for Women-Owned Small Businesses in the United States

by J.P. Kloninger, Whole Planet Foundation North America Program Manager
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Whole Planet Foundation has contributed $5.6 million to our primary microfinance partner in the United States, Grameen America, to alleviate poverty by funding microcredit loans for low-income entrepreneurs. 

After five consecutive years of declines in the national poverty rate, the United States is expected to experience a spike of approximately 6.5% (from 12.4% to 18.9%) in 2020.  This means an increase of over 21 million individuals living in poverty, resulting in the highest poverty level in the United States since 1967. Low rates of financial inclusion make the climb out of poverty extremely difficult.

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Whole Planet Foundation has contributed $5.6 million to our primary microfinance partner in the United States, Grameen America, to alleviate poverty by funding microcredit loans for low-income entrepreneurs. 

After five consecutive years of declines in the national poverty rate, the United States is expected to experience a spike of approximately 6.5% (from 12.4% to 18.9%) in 2020.  This means an increase of over 21 million individuals living in poverty, resulting in the highest poverty level in the United States since 1967. Low rates of financial inclusion make the climb out of poverty extremely difficult.

Advancing Meaningful Climate Action From TCFD Disclosures

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In response to the increasing impacts of climate change on businesses, both now and in the future, more companies have been publishing climate disclosures following TCFD recommendations to promote transparency, efficiency and resilience. To help assess and enhance the usefulness of disclosures, WSP conducted a study using 50 TCFD disclosures cutting through multiple sectors and geographies and developed a maturity framework to assess companies’ TCFD disclosures. 

TCFD: Is it useful?

Why Purpose Leads to Profits

by Howard Ungerleider, President and Chief Financial Officer at Dow
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Profit and purpose should not be an either/or proposition.

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Profit and purpose should not be an either/or proposition.

S&P Global Completes 11th Annual Environmental Disclosure Through CDP

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Disclosure highlights Company’s commitment to sustainability; since 2013, S&P Global has decreased greenhouse gas emissions 31% and energy use by 37% across its facilities.

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Disclosure highlights Company’s commitment to sustainability; since 2013, S&P Global has decreased greenhouse gas emissions 31% and energy use by 37% across its facilities.

Working Together for Climate Action

by Vince Digneo, Sustainability Strategist
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As we look toward the end of the year, it’s needless to say that 2020 has not been what any of us imagined. Our communities across the globe have suffered, from the impacts of COVID-19 to the injustices of racial inequality. With everything we are facing, it would be easy to think that the environment and climate change aren’t priorities right now. But decoupling our environmental health from human well-being and inequality is a mistake. Now more than ever, we must remember that these issues are highly interconnected, and that with creativity, we can create change.

A $1 Trillion Manager's Europe Boss Says ESG Stood the 2020 Test

By Ksenia Galouchko
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Marie Dzanis, head of EMEA for Northern Trust Asset Management, says sustainable investing outperformed during market volatility and extremely rough economic conditions. 

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Marie Dzanis, head of EMEA for Northern Trust Asset Management, says sustainable investing outperformed during market volatility and extremely rough economic conditions. 

100+ Advocates Join the Poverty is Unnecessary Project 2020

City of Austin, Texas Proclaims October 25th, 2020 as Poverty is Unnecessary Day
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The Whole Planet Foundation Poverty Is Unnecessary Project includes Poverty Is Unnecessary Fund members donating $25,000 each to alleviate global poverty and culminates in the Poverty Is Unnecessary Online Auction & Celebration on October 25th.  This year, the online event marks 15 years of this work by Whole Planet Foundation and its passionate su

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