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Greetings, Agents of Impact!  Featured: Returns on Investment podcast ‘ESG investing’ crosses the chasm from early adopter to early majority. So what? (podcast). In the now-classic model of technology adoption, the most difficult step is expanding from aspirational visionaries to hard-nosed pragmatists. Innovations that “cross the chasm” stand to create a bandwagon effect and become the

ImpactAlpha, Jan. 30 – As CO2 levels this week were projected to see their steepest annual rise ever, three large pension funds warned that they would crack down on companies and asset managers who are not doing enough to transition to a low-carbon future.   The Brunel Pension Partnership, which manages a £30 billion pool of

Impactalpha, Nov. 25 – A shift of up to $50 billion by the world’s largest pension fund has sent a message to the world’s biggest asset managers. We’re serious.  Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund, at $1.6 trillion the world’s largest “supertanker” of institutional capital, is stewarding its assets for the long term. It wants the asset

ImpactAlpha, July 2 – Swiss impact investing firm responsAbility has built a $3 billion portfolio of global impact investments since launching in 2003. It is now giving a cut of that to Christian Super, an A$1.5 billion ($1 billion) pension fund for Australia’s Christian missionary and education organizations. The fund, which allocates 10% of its portfolio to

ImpactAlpha last month featured Hiro Mizuno, chief investment officer of Japan’s $1.6 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund, as an “Agent of Impact.” At this week’s Milken Institute Global Conference, Mizuno was indeed a man on a mission, mobilizing other institutional investors around sustainability in global financial markets. As a “universal owner” of roughly 1% of

Greetings, Agents of Impact! Featured: ImpactAlpha Original\ How the Craftory is deploying ‘cause capital’ to back impact-driven challengers to consumer brands. Elio Leoni Sceti has parlayed a 30-year career in corporate brand-building into an investment firm that is trying to break the mold of consumer-goods companies. The Craftory aims to amplify “challenger brands” that embody

ImpactAlpha, April 2 — Institutional investors in Europe are expanding their Impact investing mandates and relaxing restrictions that had blocked the deployment of capital.   “People are moving from the talk to the walk,” Phenix Capital’s Sophie Robé told ImpactAlpha ahead of Phenix Capital’s fifth Impact Summit Europe convening today in The Hague. One signal: