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Finance & Investment

The latest in the spheres of socially responsible investing, impact investing, and other ways investors and shareholders are asserting their desire for ethical investment options.

Antonioli: Carbon Markets Must Center on Long-Term, Sustainable Development Impacts

Antonioli: Carbon Markets Must Center on Long-Term, Sustainable Development Impacts

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Former Verra CEO David Antonioli believes the carbon market is missing a golden opportunity to design and deploy carbon finance as a powerful transitional tool toward a zero-carbon economy. He outlines his vision in a new, six-part report.

US’ Outdated Composting Infrastructure Offers Golden Investment Opportunity

New report from the Composting Consortium provides landscape analysis of existing compost infrastructure, markets and business models; and blended-finance opportunities to scale organics circularity.

‘Greenhushing’ Diminishing Returns for 58% of US’s 100 Biggest Companies

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. New report asserts that businesses that aren't transparent on their ESG progress, for fear of greenwashing, are missing opportunities for investment and gaining credibility with consumers.

Companies Mitigating Climate Change Reduce Their Cost of Capital

New research shows that when companies disclose their environmental impact — and take meaningful action to mitigate it — they earn investor trust.

From Funding to Action: Empowering Farmers Through RCPP

The USDA's $1.5B investment in the RCPP will advance climate-smart agriculture in the US while expanding the number, reach and variety of conservation programs. Realizing the full potential of this funding requires intentional action and collaboration across the agricultural ecosystem.

Fashion Giants Join Forces to Share Cost of Supply Chain Decarbonization

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. The Future Supplier Initiative’s collective-financing model aims to address the main barriers preventing many textile factories from reducing resource consumption or implementing renewable-energy solutions.

Efforts to Scale Regenerative Ag Bearing Fruit Around the World

This week in regenerative-ag news, Heineken, innocent Drinks and Rainforest Alliance all revealed progress in scaling practices that increase resilience in food and beverage supply chains around the world.

Big Lessons for Sustainable Finance from Financial Economic Crime

The two fields may seem wildly different; however, when it comes to conducting client due diligence and collecting data, there are clear lessons sustainable finance professionals can learn from their counterparts in financial economic crime.

Education, Business, Community Initiatives Elevating Young Changemakers

Two rich panel discussions at SB Brand-Led Culture Change featured insights from organizations across the business landscape on how to maximize impact and opportunities for the next generation of diverse, young talent.

5 Retail Giants Partner on VC to Scale Sustainable Innovation

W23 Global is the first retailer-led venture fund to seek entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures offering solutions to a range of common sustainability challenges.

New Report Helps Companies Stop Bankrolling Climate Change

'Carbon Bankroll 2.0' illuminates the huge, untapped climate impact of the US financial system — how it is undermining leading companies’ climate action, and why companies’ financial management may be their greatest lever for climate progress.

Shrinkflation: Drawbacks for the Environment, Consumer Trust

In times of inflation, consider whether shrinking a product for a short-term win could cause long-term brand damage — first, determine if it’s the best option and include a robust assessment of the environmental impacts.

Private Investors Want Funds, Pension Plans to Actively Address Climate Change

In a new GlobeScan survey of 5K retail investors in 10 countries, all express similarly high levels of support for investment funds becoming more active in the climate space.

Earthshot Prize ‘Launchpad’ to Link Investors with Climate Innovators

New matchmaking platform highlights game-changing solutions from the Earthshot Prize nominations process and connects them with like-minded investors and philanthropists.

3 Ways to Tailor Your Programs to Invest in Girls

Here, Shanna Marzilli — President & CEO of Plan International USA — outlines three key areas that every skills-training program should incorporate to build a better, more equal, future working world.

Major Companies, Investors Still Blind to Their Role in Deforestation

Global Canopy’s 10th annual Forest 500 report reveals that, despite some pockets of progress, voluntary private sector action has failed to generate meaningful progress on commodity-driven deforestation.

First-of-its-Kind Fund Aims to Catalyze Equitable Access to Reuse and Refill Solutions

The $1M fund aims to finance deployment of reuse and refill infrastructure — particularly in FMCG, food service and delivery, grocery, e-commerce and retail — to combat global plastic pollution.

The Only Value Sustainability Can’t Possibly Have

Cross-Posted from New Metrics. Right now, far too much of the business world is giving sustainability a value of zero, when nothing could be farther from the truth.

Social-Impact Investing: 5 Lessons from a Successful First Venture

How T. Rowe Price brought capital to under-resourced communities and ensured it had the desired impacts, while inspiring pride and creativity among corporate associates.

$7M: How the Cost of a Super Bowl Ad Could Transform Lives

We challenge all of these advertisers to skim the nonprofits below and think about diverting even $1M of their game-time spend to instead address urgent social issues.