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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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Facing Finance's Race Problem: How a Diverse Financial System Can Narrow Inequality

Facing Finance's Race Problem: How a Diverse Financial System Can Narrow Inequality

When everyone involved in financial product development looks the same — either on paper, or by the color of their skin — then, what we ultimately create often fuels inequality.

Oatly’s Big Gaffe: Straying from Its Brand Purpose

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. If Oatly had taken Blackstone’s money, put it on a billboard, and made it known to all of its customers that its next mission was to change the world of ‘big bad investment’ from the inside out, it would’ve remained true to its brand story.

Why We're Committed to Ensuring Access to Parks for All by 2050

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. At 10 Minute Walk, we are working with city leaders across the US to make sure that 100 percent of people in US cities have access to safe, quality green space within a 10-minute walk by 2050.

$16T Investor Network Develops First-Ever Framework for Net-Zero Investing

The Net Zero Investment Framework aims to maximize investor contribution to decarbonization of global economy, helping keep rise in global temperatures below 1.5°C.

New Lending Industry Alliance to Bolster Underserved Communities

Two longtime players in small-business lending and empowering low-income communities are joining forces to scale up equitable wealth creation in communities of color.

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Global Public Thinks GDP Should Include Health, Education, Environmental Data

The 2020 GlobeScan-Ethical Markets “Beyond GDP” survey finds that an average of 72% of people across 11 countries would prefer to broaden GDP to incorporate these additional data.

Viola Brands: A Case Study in Cultivating Racial Equity

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Cannabis producer Viola Brands is determined to increase minority representation in the industry. Its Viola Cares program provides education, employment and other resources; in order to create 10,000 jobs within the cannabis industry for Black people.

Trending: Banking Giants Begin to Walk Their Talk on Climate Change

A 1% for the Planet account from Bank of the West, and new actions from Morgan Stanley and BlackRock, could signal turning point in big finance.

P&G Embraces Natural Climate Solutions to Achieve Global Climate Neutrality

The goal is to reduce its GHGs by 50%, use 100% renewable electricity at all manufacturing sites by 2030, and advance natural climate solutions to achieve carbon neutrality for the decade.

Your SDG Strategy Must Consider More Than Your Financials

Cross-Posted from New Metrics. The Sustainable Development Goals serve as an urgent call to action for companies to pay as much attention to their *extra-financial* performance as to their *financial* performance.

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Regenerative Investing Key to Creating an Inclusive Economy

The recent spotlight on racial justice in the US has also highlighted the financial industry's role in perpetuating discrimination. Many have responded by donating money to nonprofits, but a regenerative approach to investing that start to undo decades of chronic underinvestment is needed.

Impact Investing Grows, But There’s Still a Long Road to Financial Inclusion

More funds and firms are targeting financially underserved communities, but the impact investing movement and government funding need to be more accessible and intentional to address systemic inequalities and racial disparities in investing.

Visa to Digitally Enable 50M Small Businesses, to Power Equitable Global Recovery

A new range of initiatives from Visa aims to further support small business recovery from COVID, and equip them to keep up with increasing demand for e-commerce and digital payments; with $100k in grants earmarked for US-based, Black women-owned small businesses.

How to Use Nature to Make Progress Across Several ESG Goals

Investors and shareholders leading the push for greater ESG performance recognize that ESG challenges are complex, evolving and nuanced. The Family Forest Carbon Program allows companies to address a range of critical ESG issues that benefit the environment and rural communities.

Achieving Racial Equity in the US Demands We Rethink Capitalism

Fixing centuries of racism and unequal access will require big changes in how we do business if we are to truly move towards a more equitable, fair, and just economy and society.

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Financial Future for Factory Farms Looks Grim, Post-COVID

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. New ‘Pandemic Ranking’ from $20T investor network warns that, with over 70% of animal agriculture firms at ‘high risk’ of creating future pandemics, COVID-19 could be the “straw that breaks the meat industry’s back.”

‘Quality of Life’ Economists Reveal Planning Tool for Values-Driven Entrepreneurs

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Happonomy’s Leap Model is a step-by-step plan that helps startups, businesses and organizations strengthen their foundations, evaluate resources and move ideas forward while staying true to their sustainability principles.

Canada, EU Attach Sustainable Strings to Their COVID-Recovery Plans

Both Canada and the European Union have unveiled plans to rebuild their post-pandemic recovery plans that put sustainability front and center. Will other governments follow suit?

$50M Venture Fund Aims to Bolster Sustainability Innovations by Women, Minorities

US-based CapStone Holdings has launched GameAbove Capital — a $50 million private venture fund focused on minority- and women-operated businesses offering sustainability-related products and services.

The World Has Changed, But Investor Interest in ESG Remains. What’s Expected of Your Company?

As the crisis continues to unfold, ESG topics will continue to grow in importance. Companies will be judged by their ability to withstand financial shocks, but also by how they’ve treated their employees, clients and communities.

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