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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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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.

Trending: Investors Show How to Stay the Future-Proof Course in a Post-COVID World

A new toolkit provides a roadmap for addressing risks to the ‘S’ part of ESG investing; while a new case study validates the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation’s bet on a fossil-fuel-free portfolio.

Predictions About the New Normal in Sustainable Investing Post-COVID-19

Many investment firms are modifying their strategies and valuation models over the long term in the wake of the pandemic. Over the next 12 to 36 months, the following six mega-trends promise to reshape the business practices and investing.

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Q&A: How Companies Can Benefit from the AFF’s Family Forest Carbon Program

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. The American Forest Foundation’s new program harnesses the collective potential of smaller US landowners to help them participate in carbon markets and carbon-credit schemes — not only benefiting them, but helping the companies that support them fuel the fight against climate change.

How to Uplevel Your Reporting for a Post-COVID-19 World

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. While it’s still too early to tell how significantly COVID-19 will alter our way of life, we’ve learned to challenge many of our preconceived notions about how to best do business — and solidifying your company’s place within this new order is critical. The true test is going to be whether we are capable of dramatic positive change even when not spurred by a global pandemic.

Environmental Data in the Time of Corona: Preparing for Shocks to the System

It has been heartening to see major organisations doing the right thing when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus: Follow the science. Although the COVID and climate crises are profoundly different, the parallels are obvious — and the key to surviving both is to use data-driven strategies to improve resilience to future shocks.

Teach a Man to Fish: Why Some Travel Companies Support Microfinance

While sustainable tourism offerings are increasing along with traveler interest in giving back to the communities that they visit, most operators support local organizations through donations. But a growing wave are opting for microfinance to create larger, lasting impacts for more people.

Opening Up Thousands of New Forest Acres to Meet the Demands of Carbon Markets

The Family Forest Carbon Program is a path to reducing your carbon footprint, enhancing forest benefits and supporting rural livelihoods — all while meeting stakeholder expectations for corporate sustainability.

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New Blockchain-Based System Aims to Supercharge $200B+ Climate Finance Markets

Climate Futures’ 1PLANET Marketplace will launch during Earth Month as a blockchain-enabled, decentralized app (dapp) designed to help users do their part to mitigate the climate crisis — and keep it top of mind during COVID-19 hysteria.

New Tool Shows Billions at Stake in Meat Sector Due to Climate Concerns

$20T investor network releases first-of-its-kind tool to model the financial impacts of climate change on five leading meat firms and the animal protein sector at large.

BNP Paribas, JetBlue to Close Aviation Industry’s First ESG-Linked RCF

JetBlue’s amended $550 million RCF includes a “sustainability-linked” provision, to align its strategic initiatives with its environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance goals — which the airline has been doing for years, in various ways.

Jeff Bezos Launches $10B Earth Fund to ‘Preserve and Protect the Natural World’

The Amazon CEO, historically silent on the climate change issue and his company’s role within it, announces his personal vested interest — but critics and Amazon employees want more.

Q&A on LTSE: SASB Founder Jean Rogers on the First Legally Binding, Sustainable Stock Exchange

Created by some of the brilliant minds who built the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), the Long-Term Stock Exchange is a first-of-its-kind exchange that invests in companies focused on long-term value creation, while requiring the listed companies to report on their sustainability.

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Don’t You (Forget About P)

Every product (P) has an impact on the consumer and society. Yet it appears that what all ESG ratings fail to do is evaluate the impact on the positive and negative externalities of a company’s P. While ESG looks at operational aspects of a business, P is the part that ESG seemingly forgot.

Big Finance Is About to Unify Its 3 Distinct Sustainability Brands

To profit from sustainability, financiers first must be set free from the current profit-and-risk framework; so they, too, can see the infinite possibilities that lie beyond a carbon-based economy.

Powering Inclusive Growth from the Ground Up

As the digital age ushers in a ‘new generation of inequalities’ around information, technology and education, the private sector must play a pivotal role in connecting people to the resources and networks they need to get by and get ahead in a changing economy.

BlackRock Responds to Demands for Stronger Climate Action with Bold New Commitments

CEO Larry Fink has called for “a fundamental reshaping of finance” in response to the climate crisis, but BlackRock remains the largest investor in fossil fuels and the companies driving deforestation around the world.

New Roadmap Outlines Best Practice in Corporate Transparency

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. A rise in stakeholder interest, especially investors, in greater alignment between sustainability and financial transparency has spurred companies to more clearly communicate their purpose and how it creates long-term value across all their communication channels.

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