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Aug 20
2010

Tapping the nascent market for impact investing

Posted by annearf in Rockefeller Foundationimpact investingfinancial services companiesESG

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For those not in the know, impact investing is the latest wrinkle in the world of socially responsible investing. While there's no universal definition, it generally means investing in companies with a conscious social or environmental mission instead of focusing on businesses that merely have a product that does no harm.  A subset of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing, it's being championed by the Rockefeller Foundation and also has started to attract some big names, like JP Morgan Chase and Prudential Financial.

But just how to tap this market is up in the air. The arena is fledgling and chaotic, to say the least. To quote a Rockefeller Foundation report: "Investment funds, investment bankers, and market platforms have not yet achieved the scale and visibility to provide viable conduits for billions of dollars of latent impact investment capital."

Jun 30
2010

Corporate social responsibility gains more traction

Posted by SherylNash01 in shareholder resolutionsgovernanceESGcorporate social responsibilitycareer/management

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The current proxy season is giving hope to social and environmental shareholder activists they will eventually prevail on management to adopt their resolutions.

Those favoring socially and environmentally sound policies are winning historically high levels of support. While they're non-binding, increasing support for them puts pressure on managers to respond.

Jun 02
2010

A surfeit of sustainability reporting standards?

Posted by annearf in Sustainability, LEED, ESGcompliance

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Question: When it comes to sustainability reporting, can there be too much of a good thing?

For investors, consumers, suppliers, and everyone else to understand whether a business is really engaging in sustainable practices, there has to be some method for reporting this information in a coherent and uniform way.  Current confusion about just how to do that is holding many companies back, as my colleague Sheryl Nash wrote recently.





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