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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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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.

Mastercard, Doconomy Launch the Future of Sustainable Payments

DO is a free, easy-to-use mobile banking service that lets users track, understand and reduce their CO2 footprints through carbon offsetting.

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CPG Transparency Platform Now Incentivizes Consumers to Choose Sustainable Products

Almond, a groundbreaking economic framework that aims to tackle the world of sustainable consumer goods, rewards those who make an effort to purchase sustainable products and help to combat cheap consumer goods.

Clif Bar Ag Fund to Help Organic Farmers Weather Economic Challenges

The Clif Ag Fund will help increase the economic resilience of organic farmers in Clif’s supply chain — including lower energy costs from day one.

Financial Services Lead Charge in Linking Financial Performance, Sustainability

Companies increasingly recognize the importance to their bottom line of a comprehensive sustainability strategy, which includes reporting.

New Reporting Standard Aims to Drive Finance Towards SDGs

Now, projects seeking funding must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of a third-party assessor, that they advance the SDGs.

Global Investors Challenge Fast Food Companies on Climate, Water Risks

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Over 80 investors warn that “animal agriculture is the world’s highest-emitting sector without a low-carbon plan.”

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Scenario Analysis: Determine Your Business’ Resilience to Climate Change

Cross-Posted from Business Case. Prepare for the costly effects by creating different scenarios to predict the impacts of climate change on your current and future financial performance.

The Future-Fit Business Benchmark: How Do I Start?

Cross-Posted from New Metrics. Look at it as a tool with which to solve the underlying puzzles posed by the sustainability challenge.

Global Alliance Commits Over $1B to End Plastic Waste

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. The global plastics value chain has banded together to advance solutions to plastic waste in the environment.

New Guide Will Empower Banks to Quickly Assess Natural Capital Risk

New step-by-step guide from Natural Capital Finance Alliance builds on launch of web-based tool, ENCORE, in November.

Less Medley, More Value: Creating a New Quality for Corporate Reporting

This week at the COP24 climate summit in Katowice, Poland, the discussion about how to implement the directives of the Paris Agreement is in full swing.

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Corporate Reporting Dialogue Launches 2-Year Project to Drive Better Alignment

Today, the Corporate Reporting Dialogue — a coalition of major international corporate reporting standard setters and framework providers — announced a groundbreaking, two-year project focused on driving better alignment in the corporate reporting landscape, to make it easier for companies to prepare effective and coherent disclosures that meet the evolving information needs of capital markets and society.

Future Value, Submerged Value, 'ROP' & Other Facets of the ROI of Sustainability

Last week at Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics ’18 conference in Philadelphia, PA, over 300 delegates from brands, NGOs, strategists and practitioners across sectors gathered to share the newest credible tools and solutions for assessing the ROI of Sustainable Business.

Nespresso, Starbucks, Lin-Manuel Miranda Partner to Revive Puerto Rican Coffee Sector

The Hispanic Federation, together with actor Lin-Manuel Miranda and his family, today announced the launch of a five-year initiative to revitalize Puerto Rico’s coffee sector. The founding partners include Hispanic Federation, Nespresso, The Rockefeller Foundation, Starbucks, TechnoServe and World Coffee Research, all of which are committed to supporting smallholder coffee farmers on the island.

Women-Led Alternative to Top-Down Philanthropy Is Driving Change

The often-patrician act of philanthropy and the #MeToo movement may not seem like the most obvious pairing, but for Cynthia Nimmo, president and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network (WFN), they are two sides of the same coin.

How Silence Is Sabotaging Your Impact Strategy

As impact investing marks its 10-year anniversary, the movement reaches an inflection point. As with any movement that quickly gains traction and attracts followers, it also sees outsiders and newcomers jumping on the impact bandwagon to profit from the trendline. In the age of ‘fake news,’ what can the impact investing community do to ensure that real change happens?

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