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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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.
This week the government of Japan inked an agreement that will permit Japanese firms to earn carbon credits within the southeast Asian nation of Laos.
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.
The European banks have drawn a line in the sand and are backing renewable energy investments. Why aren’t American banks doing the same?
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.