The European banks have drawn a line in the sand and are backing renewable energy investments. Why aren’t American banks doing the same?
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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?
In a major act of affirmation for Delaware’s recent legislation legalizing benefit corporations, New Leaf Paper and Alter Eco last week joined more than a dozen other companies in registering as the new class of corporation.
Starting this summer, Maersk has ventured into “green shipping” as it seeks to reduce CO2 emissions as investors review firms’ environmental performance.
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.
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.
Invested Development is an impact investment management firm that focuses on seed-stage, for profit social enterprises that have innovative solutions for underserved areas.
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.
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.
Africa’s tech scene is surging. Across the continent, new hubs, labs and co-working environments are giving rise to oases of innovation. These meeting places act as a bridge between technology startups, investors and academics, nurturing collaborations.
“The magic of the school is the faculty/student combination; the school attracts extraordinary people who want to create a meaningful life. To be able to teach in that environment is an honor.”
You don’t have to have great wealth or celebrity cachet to make a difference. Everyday leaders can see change happen in their lifetime by mobilizing others, by connecting to causes that are personal to them, and by using their influence to inspire others.
Crowdfunding is the updated internet version of an activity that has been around for more than 500 years: collecting money from a bunch of people, the crowd, to support a project or effort, like publishing a book or helping a deserving person through hard times.
Like Prometheus handing down fire from the Gods, harnessing the immense power of fossil energy has made possible the modern world we inhabit. But, as in the Greek legend, with that sudden power comes the threat of unacceptable cost for generations to come. In the more prosaic world of our daily lives, carbon emissions are … Continued