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New Verizon Accelerator Propelling Climate-Justice Solutions ‘Forward for Good’

New Verizon Accelerator Propelling Climate-Justice Solutions ‘Forward for Good’

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The Forward for Good Accelerator sends a clear signal of the company’s willingness to build meaningful collaborations with more nimble change makers, offering Fortune 20 assistance in a mutually beneficial way.

How ESG Is Forever Changing Investing, Design in the Built Environment

Simply returning profits to investors is no longer a good enough measure of success. If any stakeholder does not see benefits in the design of a capital project, then gaining support is unlikely. Is your organization ready for multi-stakeholder investment and design?

Decolonizing Wealth: What If Money Could Heal Us?

In this excerpt from his bestselling book, "Decolonizing Wealth," award-winning author and philanthropic advisor Edgar Villanueva provides a glimpse into how money can help to disrupt some of the deep, systemic inequities in this country, instead of continuing to feed them.

Reimagining Finance for Forests in a Climate-Changing World

Carbon credits, which promise an impact measured to a specific quantity of CO2, may not be the most efficient instrument in constantly climate-changing world. But a new approach can make carbon markets fit-for-purpose moving forward. Here are some key premises for business to finance forests and broader climate action in a new era.

Investors Worth $29T Urge 1,600 Companies to Set Science-Based Targets

220 global financiers holding $29.3 trillion in assets call on world’s highest-impact companies to set science-based emissions-reduction targets ahead of COP26; they are joined this year by 26 CDP supply chain member companies.

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Supply Chains Are the Achilles’ Heel of Food Company Climate Action

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Companies cannot credibly address climate risk without disclosing and reducing their supply chain emissions. Through Food Emissions 50, investors are issuing an urgent call to action for companies to raise their ambition to disclose emissions, set targets and implement climate-transition action plans.

McCormick & Co Partners to Offer Suppliers Sustainability-Linked Financing

Through a new partnership with IFC and Citi, McCormick’s herbs and spices suppliers can qualify for discounted rates on short-term working-capital financing when they meet McCormick’s sustainability standards.

PayPal Joins Catalyst Fund to Explore Connections Between Digital Finance, Climate Resilience

The global inclusive tech accelerator has also announced its latest cohort of companies bringing inclusive fintech solutions to underserved communities.

Chipotle, Chobani, Verizon Among Companies Committing to Financial Health of US Workforce

Member companies will assess the financial security and health of their employees as part of a new effort to address the economic hardships of workers.

Digital Payment Giants Join Forces to Nudge 1B Users into Climate Action

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. Mastercard, BBVA and Ant Group are among 12 global firms aiming to steer consumers toward behaviors that help support climate action and restore biodiversity around the world.

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Prince Charles Partners with Global Insurance Industry to Drive Substantive Climate Action

The SMI Insurance Task Force commits to provide climate-positive financing and risk-management solutions to support and encourage individuals and businesses around the world to accelerate their transition to a sustainable future.

How Education Helps Set a Better Foundation for Long-Term Sustainability

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. If you’re a brand that cares about the environment or society but doesn’t invest in education, you’re missing an opportunity to expand your impact. This connects to a larger issue — how CSR and sustainability go far beyond any company’s immediate customer base or market.

Welcome to the Era of Regenerative Finance

While few funders have fully realized the regenerative finance vision, a growing community of financial activists is applying its core practices in initiatives that show how we can use capital as a flexible, purpose-driven tool to create healthy and equitable social and environmental systems.

More Corporate Giants Join Forces to Improve, Scale Business Investments in Climate Solutions

Amazon, Disney, Google and Netflix are among the founding companies behind the Business Alliance for Scaling Climate Solutions (BASCS), to increase the scale and impact of business investment in climate solutions.

New Tool Helps Banks, Investors Take Immediate Action to Reverse Biodiversity Loss

New ENCORE biodiversity module by the Natural Capital Finance Alliance enables banks and investors to explore their portfolio’s impact on species extinction risk and ecological integrity — particularly in terms of agriculture and mining.

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Doconomy Now Shows Users Water-Impact Data for Every Purchase

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The first-of-its-kind direct measure of our everyday consumption’s water impacts — thanks to data from S&P Global Trucost — aims to create a greater consumer understanding of the importance of water locally, nationally and globally.

Sustainable Finance Is More Than a Trend

Climate change is an issue of global concern; more and more prominent investors, businesses and institutions are calling for the incorporation of climate-related financial disclosures — and the US financial sector is uniquely positioned to take action.

HSBC, WRI, WWF Partner to Scale Next-Generation Climate Solutions

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. The US$100M initiative builds on the organizations’ individual efforts to accelerate a shift to a net-zero global economy.

Corporate Treasurers Get Serious About Shifting Cash to Communities

There’s been some skepticism regarding the announcements of big corporate investments in CDFIs and minority deposit institutions — are these one-offs just to generate a press release or first steps on long-term commitments?

Trending: Virgin, Aspiration Incentivize Sustainable Spending

Virgin Money’s sustainability-linked loans will reduce finance costs for businesses that proactively help the transition to a more sustainable economy; and Aspiration’s new credit card will enable consumers to work toward a ‘zero’ carbon footprint.

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