With the beginnings of a track record to back up its claims, finance remains a solid bet for impact investors. The future looks positive as a new generation of impact-backed financial service providers hone their skills, diversify their products and discover untapped markets of underserved clients in different parts of the globe. In this blog, part three of a three-part series on impact investing in finance, we chart the future of investing in social finance.
Category: New Economics
This category is about the relation between business economies and sustainability and CSR. Company economies have great impact on how much effort they put into their CSR strategy and incorporating green strategies can have an effect on company growth. Topics include: Conscious Capitalism, Social Enterprise, B-Corps, Circular Economy, Sharing Economy
A technical report from the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute reveals the social, environmental and economic benefits realized by 10 companies participating in its Cradle to Cradle Product Certification Pilot Program.
The concept of how to build a successful, enduring city is changing – and with good reasons, say the authors of the new report, ‘Investor Ready Cities.’ This first segment of our special series discusses why innovative methods are now necessary, and some of the successful strategies, like public-private partnerships, that are helping to create vibrant cities of tomorrow.
While obviously Uber seems to meet the definition of disruptive innovation as most people understand this concept, it would be interesting to see if Uber actually meets the criteria for disruptive innovation defined by the person who actually coined and popularized the term – Prof. Clayton M. Christensen.
One of the (multiple) challenges that deters investment in rural low-income communities is the availability of a skilled and ready workforce. Created by Congress, the Federal New Markets Tax Credit program is designed to incentivize investment in places that desperately need sustainable jobs — and to serve as a seed for success that will ripple through the community and spur even more employment.
Absent a high-enough price on carbon, a carbon tax, or direct levies on fossil fuel suppliers, “nuclear, hydro and natural gas combined cycle have far more net benefits than either wind or solar,” according to Brookings’ Charles R. Frank, Jr. The assumptions underlying and supporting the analysis highlight the shortcomings of economic models and thinking, however.
This article focuses on succession in family businesses between one generation and the next, and what the relevance of sustainability might be in terms of influencing that succession process.
The feds have added two new oversight requirements for Keystone XL’s approval, citing construction concerns. But TransCanada must pay for the additional tally-takers. While the federal government would get to approve the new contractor, the agency that makes that approval decision is planning to cut back staff in June. Hey, is this a new way of increasing oversight with less federal dollars?
The bring your own device trend (BYOD) has gained much popularity throughout the last few years, and it’s no surprise why. The movement has many benefits, but what makes BYOD so appealing for many companies is the potential to save money.
A demographic tumult is pushing America toward a sustainable economy. This demographic tumult is the nexus of an aging boomer generation, the emergence of the millennial generation as America’s economic powerhouse and the growing role of women.
Last week was a busy and eventful one for the solar energy industry as market participants from across the U.S., and around the world, gathered in Anaheim, Calif. for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) “SunShot Grand Challenge Summit 2014.” Among the highlights: The Energy Department launched a $1 million solar “soft costs” innovation crowdsourcing contest and $10 million in R&D funding for six thermochemical energy storage projects.
How does a company that has been practicing responsible citizenship for 75 years drive even more impact for people, the economy and the environment? By making its citizenship efforts and business strategy fully and inextricably intertwined.
Join TriplePundit, CSRwire, and HP for a Twitter chat – live from Sustainable Brands ’14 in San Diego. You can participate from home using #livingprogress!
VW is making substantial progress in realizing the strategic goals laid out in its “Think Blue” strategy. As its 2013 group sustainability report shows, the multinational auto and transportation manufacturer’s sustainability initiatives course through all its operations, and extend well beyond factory doors.
Heineken CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer: “Sustainable commercial agricultural production is vital to the health and well-being of Africa’s economy and people.”