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South by Social, vegan dairy, incubating fintech, billion-dollar energy initiatives

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Feature: Impact Voices South by Social: Amy Bell’s guided tour of Austin’s impact entrepreneurship ecosystem. This week people from all over the country don their best hipster duds, dust off their cowboy boots and descend on Austin, Texas, for SXSW (pro tip: just call it “South by”). The smorgasbord of panels, films, events

Gender risk, precision watering, fighting fake news, labor lens investing

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Double Feature: Women Rising Focusing your gender lens to reduce risk — and drive impact alpha. Shalaka Joshi is the South Asia “gender lead” of the International Finance Corp., the private-finance arm of the World Bank. So she can tick off the impact of the IFC’s Banking on Women initiative, which has mobilized more than

Women’s leadership for all, soft commodity risks and soft skills, Canadian aid innovation

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Women Rising Women’s leadership delivers a prize for all: long-term sustainable growth.If you’re looking to tap the next big global growth markets, you’d better be a woman, or at least be sitting next to one. Last year, the Business and Sustainable Development Commission outlined the $12 trillion “economic prize” in delivering on

The Brief’s Big Eight: Gun money, billion-dollar babies, alt-credit, values of inclusion

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! Investors flex their muscles on guns. Guns are the new carbon…or cigarettes…or South Africa. The $70 billion State of Michigan Retirement System sold its holdings in Olin Corp., maker of Winchester ammunition. New Jersey legislators will vote on a bill to ban guns from the portfolios of state employee pension funds. BlackRock,

TLFF issues $95 million sustainable rubber bond in Indonesia

The Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility has issued a $95 million sustainable rubber bond in Indonesia. The bond will pay for wildlife-friendly, socially inclusive and climate-sensitive rubber production in two Indonesian provinces. The financing, arranged by BNP Paribas, will fund PT Royal Lestari Utama, a joint venture between Michelin and Indonesia’s Barito Pacific Group. Working with

Fallacies of impact investing, DC’s founders of color, sustainable rubber in Indonesia, impact…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Doing well by doing good is not doing enough to transform finance. The racial wealth gap is widening. At current trends, median wealth for African American households will fall to zero by 2053; the median Latino family will hit zero-wealth in 2073, according to a recent report. ImpactAlpha has been

Alternative credit scoring, direct investing in Philly, reducing investor bias

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Forget FICO: How alternative credit-scoring is driving financial inclusion around the world. Fintech startups are crunching call-logs, app installs and even punctuation to help more individuals and businesses get loans. The World Bank estimates that two billion adults do not have a bank account, let alone a FICO or