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Prudential’s Mark Grier to chair the Global Impact Investing Network

You want mainstream? Mark Grier, Vice Chairman at trillion-dollar financial services firm Prudential Financial, is the incoming chairman of the GIIN. Prudential itself has made a commitment to build a $1 billion impact investing portfolio by 2020. At Prudential, Grier oversees investment, finance, risk management, corporate actuarial and investor relations functions. Grier will work with the

Homegrown venture capital support helps double the number of Mexican startups

A border wall may stem the flow of people between the U.S. and Mexico, but it can’t stop the flow of ideas. “Regardless of borders, there’s so much intellectual exchange between both ecosystems. I don’t think that will stop,” says Fabrice Serfati, managing director of Ignia Partners. More than $430 million in venture capital investing has

Indian government takes over immunization effort from Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is accentuating the positive after news broke that the Indian government is taking over from the foundation part of a years-long immunization initiative that vaccinates 27 million babies for diseases like measles and polio each year. Reuters reported that the move is part of a broader clampdown on non-governmental, and

Helios Exchange streamlines financing of energy efficiency retrofits

Climate Finance U.S. buildings contribute 40 percent of the country’s energy use and carbon emissions. But the complexity and upfront costs of efficiency retrofits have left 70 percent of the building stock unimproved. The Helios Exchange claims to be the “world’s first commercial real estate platform for energy retrofit project development, insurance and financing.” The

London Stock Exchange issues ESG guidance

The 2,700 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and affiliated markets (with a combined market capitalization of $6.3 trillion) have received new ESG 60-page guidance, which outlines what environmental, social and governance reporting investors expect from from companies. The London Stock Exchange Group said it’s important “for companies and other issuers to communicate with

Social entrepreneurs join tech leaders and scientists in calling to lift travel ban

A Who’s Who of leaders of social enterprises, nonprofits and other organizations signed an open letter opposing President Trump’s executive order. “This ban will make our work to foster peace, sustainability, opportunity and inclusiveness much harder,” the letter said. Signers include philanthropist Jeff Skoll, Acumen’s Jacqueline Novogratz, Village Capital’s Ross Baird, Sonen Capital’s Stuart Davidson, Echoing

UK tax relief funds start to flow to social enterprises

Social Finance UK made its first investment from its Bright Futures Social Investment Tax Relief Fund, which has raised £1.5 million ($1.9 million) from 40 taxpayers since 2015. The £260,000 ($324,000) loan to Ability Tec, a manufacturing company, will help it train and hire disabled workers. People with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be