The business case for shareholder activism

And they’re under threat. The Trump administration and legislators are pushing a proposal to make it harder for shareholders to get a vote on issues of concern, including corporate responsibility and sustainability. The legislation would require shareholders to own one percent of a company’s shares for three years in order to propose resolutions, a sharp

Building resilient cities

Cities will house 70 percent of the world’s population by 2050 and require urban infrastructure investment of at least $3.7 trillion per year. The only way to meet the challenges of soaring population growth and climate change is to build infrastructure that meets both social and environmental needs. “We must design and implement strategies that

Artscape raises $21.4 million to build art entrepreneurship hub in Toronto

The “creative economy” gets little recognition from investors, including the impact sector. A recent report from the Calvert Foundation and Upstart Co-Lab suggests the creative sector needs $1.5 billion in investment over the next five years in the U.S. alone. Here comes Canada. A hub under construction in Toronto’s East Bayfront area is intended to provide artists

MarcoPolo Learning attracts $8.5 million for early-education apps

MarcoPolo Learning has raised $8.5 million for its early-education apps. The New York startup launched in 2012 with a vision of universal access to early childhood education. MarcoPolo offers five mobile apps for teaching kids about the natural world through games. Last year, it introduced a series of short science videos for three- to seven-year-olds

GeNNex will train Kenyan slum residents to build solar lamps

The London-based company plans to open a manufacturing plant in Kenya and a training program in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum. The goal: train workers to build and maintain the company’s lamps and chargers. GeNNex hopes to expand to Eldoret, Narok, and Nakuru as well. The company is moving to deepen its social impact beyond product

Aspiration app helps consumers track the impact of their spending choices

Online bank Aspiration has launched a new app that quantifies the social and environmental effects of shoppers’ purchases. The goal is to empower U.S. consumers, who spend $36 billion every day, to base decisions on companies’ track records on employee wages, commitment to renewable energy and other factors. Aspiration’s app analyzes more than 75,000 data points

Shareholder resolutions are one of the only ways for investors to have impact on public companies

And they’re under threat. The Trump administration and legislators are pushing a proposal to make it harder for shareholders to get a vote on issues of concern, including corporate responsibility and sustainability. The legislation would require shareholders to own one percent of a company’s shares for three years in order to propose resolutions, a sharp