Impact investing requires the commitment to measure, and report on positive social change. As the industry matures, here’s what we expect to see in 2015.
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Sustain:Green launched a MasterCard that rewards its users with carbon offsets, giving individuals a way to reduce their carbon footprint and fund the Mata No Peito rainforest preservation project in Brazil.
One of the best ways that the B Corp movement can continue to drive positive social change is to address the controversial issue of executive pay, argues Ryan Honeyman, author of “The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good.“
The Girl Effect Accelerator represents the first program of its kind: an international accelerator dedicated exclusively to scaling up ventures that are positioned to benefit millions of girls in poverty.
Add another one to the list: Yesterday Fortune 500 company Ecolab announced that its Minnesota offices will be going completely solar. It’s signed a deal with SunEdison to build the solar gardens needed to offset Ecolab’s energy usage. The deal is all in keeping with Minnesota’s solar energy legislation, which is designed to boost solar energy investment and production by 2020.
Last week, the Climate Trust, a mission-driven nonprofit that specializes in climate solutions, announced its second annual prediction list of 10 carbon market trends to watch in 2015.
A confluence of powerful trends shaped up in Germany in 2014. Renewable energy production rose, greenhouse gas emissions and power prices fell while the economy expanded, according to Agora Energiewende’s 2014 annual report.
As more and more institutions face pressure to divest from fossil fuel companies, some are looking to shareholder engagement as an alternative. Decades of such engagement, however, have produced strikingly little result.
From manufacturing to universities, schools, communities and government facilities, renewable energy is expected to continue its rapid rise, despite the recent sharp drop in world oil prices.
Within public policy schools, social entrepreneurship is a relatively new addition to curriculum. Traditionally society has considered solving social problems the domain of governments and philanthropy. But that’s beginning to change.
Seeing promise in Stem’s distributed energy storage optimization platform, Constellation Technology Ventures and Total Energy Ventures have taken equity stakes in the startup.
Environmental groups are waiting to see whether a 4,500-ton oil spill, which occurred last week when two ships collided in the Singapore Strait, will make landfall on Bintan Island. If so, Indonesia’s endangered turtle populations could suffer — and so could the island’s vibrant eco-tourism industry.
O3b provides broadband network access to service providers in such isolated, far-flung and hard-to-reach locations as the Colombian Amazon, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo capital of Kinshasa, as well as Iraq, Somalia and South Sudan. The launch of four new satellites promises to increase both speed and affordability.