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Weathering the Storm - Where Strong ESG Performance Counts

by Catherine Harris - Head of CR + Sustainability, USA
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As we start to transition into a new phase of recovery, our attention is turning to the question of what sustainability will look like – and what role it will have to play in a post-COVID world. 

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As we start to transition into a new phase of recovery, our attention is turning to the question of what sustainability will look like – and what role it will have to play in a post-COVID world. 

The Pledge to Protect Microfinance Institutions and Their Clients From the Economic Effects of the COVID-19

Whole Planet Foundation Joins 25 Other Signatories
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June 2020. A group of microfinance lenders and key players of the inclusive finance sector published in May a set of principles to better support the microfinance sector during the Covid-19. Since its publication, six new organizations have signed the Common pledge, for a total of 26 signatories.

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June 2020. A group of microfinance lenders and key players of the inclusive finance sector published in May a set of principles to better support the microfinance sector during the Covid-19. Since its publication, six new organizations have signed the Common pledge, for a total of 26 signatories.

Watch Land Betterment Corporation Discuss Why They Launched a Crowdfunding Campaign

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Land Betterment Corporation (“Land Betterment” or the “Company”), an environmental solutions company fostering positive impact through upcycling former coal mining sites to create sustainable community development and job creation, recently discussed why the Company chose to launch a crowdfunding campaign.  This past April, Land Betterment launched its initial equity growth capital raise on the crowdfunding platform Fundopolis.  Watch two of the Company’s co-founders discuss the significance of initially offering equity to “communities on Main Street” and making them a part of Land Betterme

Top Tips for Getting a Job in Impact Investment

by Ian Povey-Hall, Head of Impact Investment at Acre
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Impact investment is the fastest growing sector of the financial industry. In a 2019 deal that signalled the scale and potential of the sector’s future, the British asset manager, Schroders (with over $400 billion of assets under management) acquired a majority stake in BlueOrchard. Schroders’ CEO, Peter Harrison, commented that impact investment is a “mega-trend”.​

Need for Speed: Scaling up Participation in a Sustainable Economy

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Over the past few years, as better data has made the risks and opportunities associated with climate change more apparent, investors and businesses have begun to invest in sustainable activities and rethink investment in fossil fuels.

UPS Longitudes | Women in Trade Can Reinvigorate the WTO and Global Economy

Laura Lane @ UPS, Penny Naas @ UPS
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Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And anyone who has looked at the global economic forecast lately is probably willing to consider a few ways to ensure that GDP growth doesn’t slow to a grinding halt.

How to Create Value through Impact Management in 5 steps

By Gilberto Ribeiro, Partner and COO at Vox Capital
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Before talking about impact it is important to provide the context of the journey of an entrepreneur who seeks money from venture capital (VC) funds. In Brazil, the vocabulary for start-ups, scale-ups and VCs is already widespread. Most technology entrepreneurs know the ways of a Lean Startup, know how to test hypotheses with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), can identify if a product is suitable for the market and can scale business by adjusting its “machines.” The investment terms of a VC are now widespread.

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Before talking about impact it is important to provide the context of the journey of an entrepreneur who seeks money from venture capital (VC) funds. In Brazil, the vocabulary for start-ups, scale-ups and VCs is already widespread. Most technology entrepreneurs know the ways of a Lean Startup, know how to test hypotheses with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), can identify if a product is suitable for the market and can scale business by adjusting its “machines.” The investment terms of a VC are now widespread.

Preparedness as a Pathway to Resilience in Haiti

by Stephanie Manciagli, Whole Planet Foundation Program Manager for Latin America & the Caribbean
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Whole Planet Foundation has been alleviating poverty through microcredit in Haiti since 2009. 

Demand From Investors for Investment Managers to Demonstrate Additional Value Beyond Traditional Risk & Return Considerations

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We are experiencing a transition to an era where total social benefit is becoming an increasingly important metric for the perceived value of products and services. Consequently, the investment industry is risking its enduring relevance and credibility by assessing and subsequently rewarding success through solely financial metrics.

In this segment, experts discuss the demand from investors for investment managers to demonstrate additional value beyond traditional risk & return considerations.

Northern Trust Launches Enhanced ESG Analytics

New Capability Provides Insights to Support Institutional Investors’ Governance, Risk Management and Regulatory Reporting
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CHICAGO and LONDON, 5 May 2020 /3BL Media/– Northern Trust (Nasdaq: NTRS) has enhanced its analytical capabilities to provide pension funds and other global institutional investors with heightened insights and transparency over their environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk exposures.

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