The developed world functions in no small part at the will of the free markets' Invisible Hand. But sadly our free markets and our financial systems have also left a toll on millions and have yet to touch billions.
Recently I was having a conversation with a private banker who manages wealth portfolios, and she lamented the difficulty of getting her HNW clients interested in Impact Investing. She was recounting to me the challenges she was having in getting her HNW clients interested in Impact Investing
"This is a Man's World" may have been the long-running theme song of our capital markets for decades, but when it comes to the investment field, women are singing a different tune. And companies may want to learn the lyrics.
Thanks to our imperfect, yet glorious, democracy we have the opportunity to make an impact investment in reversing this trend. Even more, this deal won't require you to decide which GIIRS metrics to use or haggle over pre-money valuations. All you need to do is believe we owe it to our future generations - and our pocketbooks - to reduce the corrosive influence of money in politics.
While international and domestic problems bombard us daily, strong signals indicate that a new kind of revolution is afoot that has the potential to open doors to people who have been left out of jobs, and the mainstream economy.
When I was 17, I was rather intent on doing something to "save the world", which is not so unusual at an age where your ideals drive a lot of your ambitions. What perhaps was unusual was that I was already resolute on my plan to do so.
We believe that addressing complex societal challenges necessitates new innovative approaches; long-term approaches that dovetail delivering sustainable impact for the bottom line as well as for society.
If a company wanted to attract the best and the brightest and retain that talent, they would have to anchor corporate social responsibility and sustainability in all their business processes.
There's a lot of excitement about impact investing these days. The industry's main goal, to make money while making a difference, is very enticing. However, with the lack of information on successful impact investments, it's hard to know if impact investments are truly making an impact.
This past week, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock unveiled a new initiative in his city that could significantly alter the way communities provide affordab...
It is a fallacy that there is no return on investment in impact investing. One of the reasons the impact investments are successful is the passion of the founder and the team for the cause.
Government doesn't always work as well as it should, but there are solutions. Today, government pays for programs regardless of whether they work, and bears all of the risk of that investment.
I was in New York City meeting with an advisor who offered to help raise investor capital for our social enterprise. She was reviewing the business plan and numbers, then looked up and asked, "Can you pay the women less?" My partners and I didn't know what to say.
Over and over, panellists spoke about the need to bring values and meaning back into our monetary and governance systems if we hope to create a prosperous world in the truest sense of the word.
Like many complex social problems, climate has been reduced to a religious debate -- you must believe as I do! But actions speak louder than words, and it's pretty easy to see where our past actions have us headed.
Private investors are finding new opportunities to invest in large-scale conservation efforts intended to protect biodiversity and boost "ecosystem services" such as clean water, clean air and carbon storage.