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Shutdown accelerates shift to digitized, decentralized, decarbonized electricity (podcast)

ImpactAlpha, Sept. 21 – When the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the world economy this spring, Emmanuel Lagarrigue worried the momentum toward a clean energy economy would be lost. The concern was strategic for Lagarrigue, the chief innovation officer for Schneider Electric, the French equipment giant. Schneider has carved out a leading role helping customers

Bridges Fund Management and AEA Investors to float $400 million ‘impact’ SPAC 

ImpactAlpha, September 15 – Bridges Fund Management and AEA Investors filed to float a $400 public offering for AEA-Bridges Impact Corp., a “special purpose acquisition company,” or SPAC, that will hunt for mid-cap private companies to take public. New York-based AEA, with $15 billion in assets under management, will tap Bridges’ impact investing experience to

Fifty years later, resetting capitalism from shareholders to stakeholders

ImpactAlpha, Sept. 14, 2020 –– Milton Friedman’s 1970 essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits,” turns 50 this week. It has not aged well. Corporate and business voices assembled across the media landscape to bury Friedman’s doctrine of “shareholder primacy” and champion the advent of “stakeholder capitalism” responsible to workers, communities,

ImpactAlpha is recruiting reporters/producers as the impact investing media battle heats up

ImpactAlpha, Sept. 9, 2020 –– Business and finance reporting will never be the same. The pandemic, the protests and the climate emergency have made sustainable finance, impact investing and “ESG” the fastest-growing categories of financial services. And that means a media battle for that audience is brewing as well. ImpactAlpha, the purpose-built impact investing media

What if… the redesign of education put racial and social equity at its core? 

ImpactAlpha, Sept. 8 – The upending of this school year has made almost every student, parent and teacher, willingly or not, participants in the radical transformation of education.  Some of the most far-reaching proposals for reinventing elementary, middle and high schools run into a well-founded objection: while all that might be fine for relatively affluent,

Agent of Impact: Beth Bafford, Calvert Impact Capital

Months before the COVID crisis, Bafford told an interviewer that what she most liked about structuring deals and syndicating loans: “It's both thought provoking at a global level, or a macro level, and very tangible in terms of getting things done and seeing money moving into communities that otherwise wouldn't have access.”