For investors who don't want to be left behind with the mega-trend of entrepreneurship in emerging markets, and for entrepreneurs unlikely to see an exit with their company, it's important to look into new structures of investment that don't rely on taking equity (broadly referred to here as "Quasi-Equity" structures).
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.
All day today at my apartment, I've been hosting a meeting of the B Team, which Richard Branson co-founded last year to change the values that drive businesses, to prioritize people and planet alongside profit, and to move beyond our obsession with quarterly earnings and short-term growth. And before we started the day, I interviewed Richard at AOL's Brand Camp leadership meeting, which reminded me of a conversation he and I had in 2009, on board Virgin America's inaugural flight from San Francisco to Orange County, covering everything from space travel and global warming to marijuana and the music business.
Haiti is affected by the worst deforestation any country has experienced, which is currently at 98.5 percent. As it is, people in Haiti are affected by severe poverty, which forces them to cut down trees for fuel for cooking.
Today, many of America's largest companies are strengthening their bottom lines by jumping on the clean energy bandwagon -- to the tune of more than $1 billion in savings per year.
What more and more people are seeking is the potential to make a positive impact on people and our planet, while building their career and making money at the same time.
It involves government, local and national; it involves a not-for-profit and it involves a private company with detailed knowledge of a specific technology and the willingness to adapt it to a specific requirement.
If I started a business and it was clearly failing, I would shut it down. The war on drugs has failed -- why isn't it being shut down?
What is shocking is the extremism of this stance: the scale and absurdity of this attack on human rights. How can the Brunei government turn its back on human dignity in this way?
A cause is based on a desire to stop something. A purpose is rooted in a desire to start something. Cause is charity. Purpose is empowerment. A cause is your nemesis. A purpose is your muse. Should we break it down? Let's use hunger as an example.
Slave labor is the most serious form of exploitation, and it is not only a threat against the fundamental principles and rights at work, but also confronts the most basic human rights.
We recognize that these incidents violate basic human rights, they are avoidable and they must stop.
Natural capital is in fashion (in more ways than one, given the interest of the fashion industry) but will it get mainstreamed, the goal of TEEB?
Underlying the Earth Day agenda is a growing sense that tomorrow's economies -- and tomorrow's capitalism -- must be very different.
A growing majority of business leaders are in agreement. Not only is "doing good" a moral imperative, it is good for business.
Situations like this prompt us to question our attention, and to remind ourselves how vital it is to live and be fully conscious. Aware. In the present.