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.

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Happy Birthday, GRI — Time Now to Put the Horse Before the Cart

Happy Birthday, GRI — Time Now to Put the Horse Before the Cart

The timing is right for taking concrete steps to standardize a set of generally accepted triple-bottom-line accounting principles, and for making GRI and other reporting standards stronger than they’ve ever been before.

Sea Change: How to Spark Sustainable Innovation in an Old-School Industry

Many people and organizations, as well as broad market and social trends, contributed to sustainable seafood’s arrival at this place. Everyone who engaged helped build the network; and because they did, our oceans and plates are going to be healthier.

Trending: Public-Private Partnerships Foster Solutions for Climate-Resilient World

The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance has launched six new financial instruments for climate-related projects in developing countries; while the World Economic Forum has convened public and private partners to launch the Coalition for Climate-Resilient Investment.

Mastercard, Clothing Giants Partner to Help Garment Workers Secure Financial Futures

By partnering with companies with labor-intensive supply chains, Mastercard is creating digital solutions to give workers more control and transparency over their earnings and savings.

With Less Than 4,000 Days to Go, Business Contribution to SDGs Falling Woefully Short

Despite some progress since the goals were launched in 2015, advancement over the past four years has been stifled due to socioeconomic, geopolitical and technological uncertainties, hindering CEOs’ sustainability efforts.

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UPDATE: Salesforce’s Sustainability Cloud Empowers Business to Drive Impactful Climate Action

Salesforce reinforces sustainability commitments at UNGA and Climate Week NYC with stakeholder engagement, STEM investments, and a new carbon accounting product.

Blockchain and the Climate Crisis: Beyond the Hype

Blockchain’s full potential cannot be forecast with certainty. Yet, in a messy world where various parties struggle to gain enough good faith to work together on solutions, systems that engender trust will lay the foundation for progress.

Sustainable Investors Representing $90T Rally to Fight Amazon Fires

The world’s largest responsible investor group is campaigning to end the manmade fires raging through the Amazon, as latest assessment reveals increased deforestation since the 2014 New York Declaration on Forests.

Morgan Stanley Impact Quotient™ Offers Sustainable Investing Analytics, Reporting

The Morgan Stanley IQ application gives wealth management clients new customizable insights into the social and environmental impact of their investment portfolios.

Report: Food Giants Capitalizing on Consumers’ ‘Appetite for Disruption’

$5.3 trillion investor coalition reports on how global food companies including Tesco, Carrefour and Nestlé are responding to consumer demand for alternative proteins

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How Investors Can Effectively Select an Investment Manager to Measure ESG

Here are a few preliminary steps asset owners should take when beginning the search for an investment manager that integrates ESG.

Investors Lose Patience with Companies’ Lack of Environmental Disclosure

Investors with nearly $10 trillion in assets are targeting over 700 companies that are not transparent enough about their environmental impact, and pushing them to disclose this information through CDP. This is the first time that CDP is reporting publicly on its Non-Disclosure Campaign.

SustainAccounting Launches World’s First Triple Bottom Line Certification

At the heart of the Certified TBL program is its advocacy of multicapital- and context-based Triple Bottom Line accounting, still new to most organizations but rapidly emerging as the gold standard for measurement and reporting.

SASB, CDSB Partner on How-To Guide for Climate-Related Disclosures

Sustainability standards setters release implementation guide for complying with TCFD recommendations for communicating about climate-related financial risk.

Prudential Pledges $180M to Promote Financial Wellness for Opportunity Youth

Largest private sector investment to date will prepare next generation of global workforce with education and training, build financially stable communities and help break the cycle of poverty.

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The Win-Win of JUST Jobs: Higher ROE When Companies Disclose Workplace Policies

Human capital issues increasingly important area for corporate leadership, as market participants call for greater transparency.

ESG Evaluation Tool Sets Holistic Benchmark for Sustainability Performance

New market offering seeks to improve transparency, disclosure and private-sector engagement with rising environmental, social and governance risk concerns.

BofA Commits $300 Billion by 2030 to Low-Carbon, Sustainable Business

Bank’s third environmental commitment is designed to advance solutions to issues aligned with the SDGs — including sustainable energy and transportation, climate resiliency, clean water and sanitation.

Wisdom Fund Aims to Close Lending Gap for Women

New impact investment vehicle provides funding to underserved women of color and low-income women entrepreneurs across the US.

Values-Based Investment Platform COIN Offers Portfolios Aligned with SDGs

Backed by John Hancock, COIN offers customers eight Impact Areas to invest in with as little as $50.

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