Impact Investing

Impact investments are financial investments made with the intent to produce not only a financial return, but also social and environmental impact.

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Video: Paul Herman, HIP Investor on “The ROI of Sustainability”

At Sustainable Brands 2015 we asked thought leaders to define the "ROI of Sustainability" in their words. In this video, Paul Herman of…
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Merrill Lynch Says Money is the Root of All Good, Creates Sustainable Impact Portfolios

Merrill Lynch just added sustainable impact portfolios, making it easier for the average investor to use their 401(k) to make a positive impact.…
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The Rise of the For-Profit, Socially-Responsible Corporation in Canada

Traditionally, for-profit corporations have one mandate -- to maximize shareholder value. Several jurisdictions in the United States have recognized the market for a…
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Women Rule: Why the Future of Social, Sustainable and Impact Investing is in Female Hands

In the early days of the social investing movement, women and girls were arguably seen more as program beneficiaries than financial movers and…
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Embracing a New Definition for Social Investing

Definitions — we are so over them in the social investing sector. Yet once in a while a new definition comes along, and…
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Why Confidentiality Will Unlock the Impact Economy

Just as there is professional privilege in law and psychology, we need clear guidelines for how negative information can be shared, discussed and…
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Why Metrics Matter When It Comes to Impact Investing

Over past years, as I’ve both participated in and observed the evolution of metrics and impact reporting discussions and practice, I’ve come to…
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Incentivizing Investment In Climate Change Infrastructure

The Climate Trust has explored options for raising capital to invest in building new greenhouse gas offset projects, and has identified a variety…
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Save a Seat: Make Room for Millennials at the Investment Table

As millennials come of age in the business and financial landscape, they are approaching the terrain with a unique, evolved mentality. Today, the…
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Activist Investors Will Shake Up Social Investing: Should We Worry?

Once called corporate raiders or asset strippers, activist investors are rewriting the rules of engagement for investors and investees. How will this affect…
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After Davos: Lessons for Impact and Social Investors

The World Economic Forum has come and gone, leaving the Davos snow more than a little trampled. Now that 2,500+ of the world’s…
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2014 Was the Year of Impact Investing: What’s Next For 2015?

Impact investing requires the commitment to measure, and report on positive social change. As the industry matures, here's what we expect to see…
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Your Investment Portfolio’s Naughty and Nice List for 2014

One item to check off your holiday to-do list is to figure out which companies in your investment portfolio are being naughty or…
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Video: R. Paul Herman of HIP Investor Talks Diversity at Net Impact ’14

"What we find in investing is: The most diverse staffed companies tend to be the strongest performers, so they can make more money…
Nathan Brown: Profile of an Impact Investor

Nathan Mackenzie Brown: Profile of an Impact Investor

Nathan Mackenzie Brown of Dancing Rabbit explains how he got started with impact investing and offers tips and advice for those interested in…