“Fair Trade Fish” to Certify Conditions of Fishermen Along With Fish

Tens of millions of consumers recognize the Fair Trade USA label on coffee, chocolate, tea and herbs. Now they’ll gain some insight into the working conditions and economic viability of the people who harvest their fish and seafood. “Current ratings are largely based on the condition of the [fish] stock vs. fishing practices used,” says

“Fair Trade Fish” to Certify Conditions of Fishermen Along With Fish

Tens of millions of consumers recognize the Fair Trade USA label on coffee, chocolate, tea and herbs. Now they’ll gain some insight into the working conditions and economic viability of the people who harvest their fish and seafood. “Current ratings are largely based on the condition of the [fish] stock vs. fishing practices used,” says

Building An Operating System for the Good Economy

Vibrant startup ecosystems are growing across the globe.  Among them are communities of entrepreneurs and the individuals and institutions working with them to build enterprises that deliver both financial and social returns to all of their stakeholders. We call this the “Good Economy.” But geographic barriers continue to limit the ability of these entrepreneurs to

Financing Sea Grass Restoration with Carbon Credits

Sea grass restoration helps halt erosion and arrest habitat loss. And sea grass meadows may also be one of best carbon investments around. That suggests an economic model for seagrass restoration projects and a win-win for the oceans – by sequestering carbon, seagrass may slow ocean acidification. The world’s seagrass meadows have declined significantly over

Financing Sea Grass Restoration with Carbon Credits

Sea grass restoration helps halt erosion and arrest habitat loss. And sea grass meadows may also be one of best carbon investments around. That suggests an economic model for seagrass restoration projects and a win-win for the oceans – by sequestering carbon, seagrass may slow ocean acidification. The world’s seagrass meadows have declined significantly over

MEETS: Generating ‘Non-Energy’ to Drive Revenues from Efficiency

Energy efficiency should be the low-hanging fruit of carbon-reduction schemes, with clear and reliable paybacks. Instead, the bountiful harvest has been tantalizingly out of reach, for lack of sufficient upfront capital. Now a new financing structure may finally get the players lined up and the dollars flowing. The premise of the so-far only deal done:

Incubating Aquaculture Businesses at the Base of the Pyramid

Successful projects, dwindling funds. What’s an innovative NGO to do? One answer: Build a deal pipeline for impact investors looking for investable ventures. WorldFish, a Malaysia-based spinoff of the the “green revolution” pioneer CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), reached this crossroads in 2010. International aid had run out for aquaculture initiatives that had