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“Faftai!” Covid Revival Loans Finance Kava Microentrepreneurs in Vanuatu

by Claire Kelly, Regional Director for West Africa/MENA & Interim Regional Director for Asia
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Since 2012, Lorina had worked at her own tourism business, selling souvenirs to tourists, particularly those who would arrive on cruise ships to Port Vila.  Lorina joined Whole Planet Foundation’s microfinance partner South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Vanuatu in 2017.  She had previously been involved with a different microfinance program, however she found that SPBD gave longer loan terms which made the loan easier for her to repay.  She is now the Secretary for her SPBD group.  This means that she has responsibilities to count the group’s cash and make sure all accounts are reconc

Uber, PayPal and Walgreens Introduce Vaccine Access Fund

New fund allows customers to donate directly to efforts for COVID-19 vaccine access in underserved communities; Uber introduces new in-app donate feature powered by PayPal
Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 13, 2021 /3BL Media/ -- Recently, PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL), Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: UBER) and Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Land Betterment Corporation Secures Initial Funding of its Impact Notes

Growth capital will support job creation and sustainable economic development throughout Central Appalachian and Midwest communities
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FISHERS, Ind., April 13, 2021 /3BL Media / Land Betterment Corporation (“Land Betterment” or the “Company”), an environmental solutions company fostering positive impact through upcycling former coal mining and industrial sites to create sustainable community development and job creation, today announced the Company has successfully secured a commitment of $3.0 million of funding under its Impact Note. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leaders Bring Perspectives on Justice to Premier Green Building Event Keynotes; Join Biden Administration Leader

Where Climate, Health, and Equity Meet in the Built Environment, 15th Annual Living Future 2021 Focused on Inclusion and Unity
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SEATTLE, April 6, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Rosa Sheng, Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Higher Education Studio Leader for San Francisco for SmithGroup, and Adrianna Quintero, Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Energy Foundation, join Mark Chambers, Senior Director for Building Emissions at the White House Council on Environmental Quality to round out the keynote addresses at Living Future 2021: Inclusion + Unity, where climate, health, and equity meet in the built

Whole Planet Foundation and Partners Fund Women Entrepreneurs for International Women's Day During Women's History Month

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Whole Planet Foundation's International Women’s Day virtual event during Women’s History Month had 600 participants come together during March to expand women’s opportunities through access to entrepreneurship. 

Digging Deep: A Celebration of Asia-Pacific Field Officers in Whole Planet Foundation's Portfolio

by Stephanie Manciagli, Program Manager Latin America and Caribbean
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Repeating daily affirmations, aloud and silently, has been an important practice for me since I was young, when I began to learn how to not just be aware of my patterns and inner dialogue but to play a conscious role in shaping them.

White House Senior Director of Building Emissions to Keynote Living Future 2021 on Earth Day

Biden Administration Leader Joins 15th Annual Event Focused on Inclusion and Unity
Press Release

SEATTLE, March 23, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Mark Chambers, Senior Director for Building Emissions at the White House Council on Environmental Quality will keynote Living Future 2021 on Earth Day, April 22. His address will focus on the Biden Administration’s agenda for green building and opportunities for partnership with cities and private-sector leaders. 

T. Rowe Price Launches First Impact Fund

New Global Impact Equity Fund is the firm’s first strategy allowing investors to pursue both financial gain and their environmental and social equity goals. The fund, offered initially to U.S. investors, will rely upon T. Rowe’s deep fundamental research
Press Release

March 17, 2021 /3BL Media/ - T. Rowe Price (NASDAQ-GS: TROW) today launched its first product giving investors the opportunity to simultaneously pursue their financial goals and to have a positive impact on the global environment and social equity issues. The T. Rowe Price Global Impact Equity Fund recognizes the significant, secular changes afoot in financial markets as many investors seek to marry these goals and as corporations, investors and other stakeholders increasingly appreciate the link between societal good and financial performance.  

15th Annual Living Future Event Focuses on Greenest Buildings for a Healthy Future

Key Speakers Include Co-Founder of Beneficial State Bank Kat Taylor
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SEATTLE, March 11, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The world’s greenest developers, architects, and product designers will gather at Living Future 2021, the 15th annual conference hosted by the International Living Future Institute. At this crucial moment in history, the event will gather leaders to examine ways to stop climate change and address the structural inequities in the built environment. 

Sustainable Equity Issue: Schneider Electric's €650m Sustainability-linked Convertible Bonds

The new KPI bonds
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While structured equity was late to the ESG party, with the first green convertible bond by a European company only arriving in 2020, it caught up quickly. When EDF printed its convert in September it was the biggest green bond from a European corporate in any format. Yet it was the world’s first sustainability-linked convertible bond from Schneider Electric that most advanced ESG issuance.

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