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Making the scene at the (highly quotable) Forbes Impact launch party

A retired global bank CEO has come to be helpful. Conversations cluster in front of the requisite logo-covered background poster, ready for celebrity shots. A global foundation executive lauds ImpactAlpha as the go-to place for impact investing news. In front of the fully stocked bar at the back of the Forbes’ reception space on New

Designing a global financial system fit for (sustainable) purpose

Anti-globalists could have a field day with the new “Roadmap for a Sustainable Financial System” from the World Bank and UN Environment. The bankers and bureaucrats are aiming at nothing than a makeover of the global financial system, sustainably. Undercutting criticism of the heavy hand of global government, however, is the extent to which capital

Presidential leadership to mobilize finance for climate action — from France

French President Emmanuel Macron is doing his U.S. counterpart one better with a campaign to Make Our Planet Great Again. For the second anniversary of the global climate agreement reached in Paris, Macron is convening a global Climate Summit on December 12. Make Our Planet Great Again is more than a slogan: Business France has developed

Social Finance Awards to celebrate Canada’s impact field-builders

Smarter Money ImpactAlpha is proud to co-host the awards. Apply here by October 20th. PC: Social Finance This year’s fourth edition of the Social Finance Awards for Canadian impact investing leaders will be presented at the 10th Annual Social Finance Forum on November 9th-10th in Toronto. The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing will make awards for Impact Investor

An index to investable climate-change solutions

Look to China and India to step up as major climate-change mitigation players. Cuba, Nigeria and Bangladesh top a list of high-potential, if nascent and risky markets for clean energy investments. A new index from Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing aims to help investors identify opportunities to invest in technologies that support climate change

Taking the long view in Provence

A week ago only, I walked across a two-thousand-year-old bridge in the town of Vaison-la-Romaine in the South of France, in search of memories from an increasingly distant youth. The bridge was built by the Romans in the first century BC to support trade activity around the river. Today it’s used by cars and pedestrians alike,