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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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Trending: AB InBev, Carlyle Ante Up on ESG Commitments

Two first-of-their-kind revolving credit facilities support Carlyle’s goal of 30% diverse board directors across its portfolio companies and progress toward four of AB InBev’s 2025 sustainability goals, respectively.

Dole’s ‘Sunshine for All’ Fund Strives to Close Gaps on Good Nutrition

The $2M annual fund will aim to address gaps of food affordability and waste, as well as accessibility and acceptability, around the world. Dole is seeking strategic partners to help develop solutions.

Corporations Can Support BIPOC Communities by Putting Their Money to Work

It is critical to understand and address the intersectional links between access to affordable housing, education, job creation and improved public health; and we look forward to continuing our work with organizations that target their dollars towards these needs within the communities they seek to serve.

Landmark Review Calls for Nature to Be at the Center of Economic Decision-Making

The UK Government commissioned an independent, global Review on the Economics of Biodiversity in Spring 2019. The report urges policymakers to start valuing ecosystems and says GDP encourages unsustainable growth.

Trending: Welcome to the Age of Stakeholder Capitalism

Two global coalitions have committed to make good on their companies’ DEI commitments; and adhere to a new set of Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics, respectively. Larry Fink’s annual CEO letter expounds on the need for both.

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Trending: Brands, Investors Show They’re Banking on Net-Zero Transition

As 2020 finally winds down; a number of investor, brand and banking initiatives shows that this year’s many challenges haven’t derailed major global efforts to achieve, at minimum, a net-zero future.

Meeting of the Minds: 3 Reasons to Align Corporate Sustainability and Finance Teams

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. Last month, PMI moved its global sustainability team under the leadership of CFO Emmanuel Babeau. It may be one of the first global companies to make this prescient move; but here are three reasons why we believe this trend is only just beginning.

Global Banks Launch Industry Standard for Measuring, Reporting Financed Emissions

The industry-led Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials' new methodology enables banks to measure and disclose the emissions associated with their financed activities.

6 Months Into the Pandemic, ‘Greener’ Jobs Are Safer, Higher Paid, More Resilient

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The monthly Green Jobs Report shows that “greener” enterprises align with more resilient jobs, higher pay for workers, fewer job losses, and the potential for better overall company and investor portfolio performance.

Did Lack of Transparency Invalidate Asia’s First Corporate Sustainability Bond?

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. The devil's in the details: Allegations of deforestation in Michelin’s natural rubber supply chain highlight the need for greater transparency in ‘green’ financing.

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Mastercard Partners to Digitally Empower Small Businesses in Latin America

Bancolombia, Banco Galicia, Citibanamex and Mercado Libre are part of the Partnership, committed to accelerate business recovery and inclusive growth efforts in the region.

Hey, Milton … Here We Are, After 50 Years of Friedmanomics

What is the responsibility of business? Fifty years on, it’s clear there’s more to the answer than you thought.

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.

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$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.

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.

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