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Europe’s Stranded Assets: Cautionary Tale for Global Investors

Do your investments have exposure to assets linked to fossil fuel extraction and power generation? The recent closure of several large fossil fuel-powered plants in Europe demonstrates the risk for CO2-emitting assets to become stranded in a carbon constrained world.

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U.S. Lags Behind UK on Mining, Oil and Gas Transparency

There is a global push to enforce disclosure when it comes to mining, oil and gas corporations that pay large sums to foreign governments for the right to mine in their countries. But getting laws enforced that will ensure transparency (and hopefully help regulate human rights and environmental abuses) is harder than it should be – even here in the U.S.

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The Business Case for Strategic Philanthropy

SAP’s work around the world is an example of making the business case for strategic philanthropy as part of a firm’s program of CSR in emerging markets.

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Chinese Investors Set Their Sights on Detroit

Can a cash infusion from China help save Detroit? Investors from China are keen on buying houses, but whether such spending could revive Detroit is questionable.

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Will Harvard Divest from Fossil Fuels After Appointing VP of Sustainable Investing?

Harvard Management Company, which manages the university’s endowment, announced that Jameela Pedicini will become its first vice president of sustainable investing. What does this appointment mean? Is Harvard getting closer to saying ‘Yes’ to the divestment campaign, or is it just a lip service gesture to the students?

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The Future of the BoP Domain: Where is our Missing Community?

The base of the pyramid field is ready for the next major step forward. There have been successful enterprise developments that are playing an important role in alleviating poverty, to be sure. But there also is a lack of humility – few are openly discussing the lessons learned and the challenges ahead.

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Is Your Portfolio Melting the Polar Caps?

Vote with your investments. You determine whether a company that is polluting the water or treating its employees poorly is in your list of stocks or your fund. Align your investments with your principles and in due time, sustainable and responsible investing will be the norm.

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Mainstreaming Innovations for Low-Income Markets in India

Innovations aimed at improving life for the low-income population in India could have a big impact, however, they need help with funding, industry knowledge and increasing scale. Mentors and incubators are helpful, but part of a weak mentorship system in India. That’s where innovation accelerators come in.

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Solar VC Investments Surge 50% Higher in 2Q 2013

Venture capital investments totaled $189 million across 19 transactions in 2Q 2013, with third-party solar energy finance companies gathering the lion’s share, according to Mercom Capital’s latest report.