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The SOCAP panel “Looking Beyond Venture Capital: Understanding the Need for Alternative Deal Structures,” explored other types of capital that could be more appropriate for social enterprises beyond VC or straight debt.
The pint-size bronze statute of the Fearless Girl defiantly staring down Wall Street’s iconic bull is a bit more tarnished this week. So is the reputation of the company that paid for its installation. The US Labor Department just slapped State Street Corp with a $5 million gender and racial discrimination settlement.
With the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we enter the age of sustainable development where every organization, regardless of geography, industry or size, takes on a shared responsibility. Some fear that this may add to the reporting burden since we all grapple with the process of identifying material topics, others see potential benefits from latching onto the SDGs. With an estimated $12 trillion USD resulting from revenue and saving associated with achieving the SDGs by 2030, realizing the vision for sustainable development could also make for a great business case.
Today, approximately 40 Catholic institutions reportedly will announce that they will divest from fossil fuels. The mass fossil fuel divestment campaign is timed with the anniversary of the death of St. Francis of Assisi, the Catholic Church’s patron saint of the environment and animals.
Mexico’s privatization of its oil and gas sector is big news for U.S. fossil fuel companies. But there may be a wrinkle when it comes to American companies being willing to take the risk of future foreign investment, and it starts with President Trump’s vision of NAFTA.
President Trump is determined to ensure that U.S. businesses aren’t overshadowed by foreign industries. But what happens when a U.S. industry that that has relied for years on international suppliers suddenly finds that its resources are being impacted by U.S. tariffs designed to “boost” a relatively small domestic group of manufacturers? Some say that’s the worrisome future of the U.S. solar industry.
Renewable energy can beat fossil fuels on cost, but raw numbers only tell part of the story as corporations continue to pursue clean power options.
This week, the United Kingdom launched a new solar plant outside the town of Flitwick, about an hour’s drive north of London. A 6MW battery battery storage unit will complement the 10MW solar installation, and the entire project was completed without any government subsidies.
As reinforced by SC Johnson’s snapping up of Ecover and Method, the cleaning products and consumer packaged goods (CPG) sector are in the midst of a longstanding trend: sustainability via acquisition.
Post-capitalist entrepreneurship (PCE) is about changing the underlying logic of entrepreneurial organizing, governance models, legal structures, approach to intellectual property, perception of consumption and production and of course the ultimate objectives and metrics of success.
San Francisco and Oakland are among the growing number of public entities that are looking ahead and realizing the mounting tab they will have to pay for climate change mitigation. This week they took action on that with two suits that name fossil fuel companies as the responsible parties for infrastructure damage caused by global warming and sea level rise.
Fair trade suppliers of all stripes struggle to finance growth, even though demand for their products is through the roof. Why? What can we do to help?
According to Bank of America, the $12.6 billion it invested from 2013 to last year supported almost 40,000 jobs, contributed almost $15 billion to GDP and generated close to $30 billion in total economic output.