How investors can get the most climate-change impact for their bucks

  • Current impact investing measurement tools… fall short in assessing ventures’ future carbon-reduction potential
  • A new tool… developed by the PRIME Coalition, the Boston nonprofit connecting families and foundations to climate ventures, and NYSERDA, New York State’s energy innovation agency, assess companies’ potential for climate impact as they scale up.
  • PRIME is keen to engage... other investors streamline the tools and explore its use across other sectors.

Four ways to build a new, and better, US development finance institution

  • Bipartisan support... A proposal for a new United States Development Finance Institution has bipartisan momentum in a politically polarized Washington.
  • To get it right... the architects should expand the institution's set of financing tools and embed impact management in the organization's DNA, say Dalberg's Kusi Hornberger and Shyam Sundaram...

What’s the fiduciary duty of index investors when it comes to gun companies?

  • Index funds should focus... on how gun sales gun affect the systems on which all of the companies in the index depend, says B-Lab's legal head Rick Alexander.
  • A fiduciary... must think systemically in order to serve the interests of investors.
  • This means... an investment steward can forgo a gain at an individual company to preserve systemic value, and the value of an entire portfolio.

As shareholders get active on climate, the SEC lets companies duck votes

  • Many impact investors...believe that holding positions in public companies can lead to positive impact because of the ability to pressure management through shareholder proposals
  • A recent SEC action highlights... however, the limitations of shareholder activism under federal and state law....

Requiem for a dream…of an online impact investing platform

Impact Voices is an occasional series sharing the opinions of impact investing practitioners and leaders with ImpactAlpha readers. The views expressed in Impact Voices are the writers’ own, not ImpactAlpha’s. With Audrey Selian and Jeff Tuller As the impact investing community processes the shuttering of ImpactUS, it’s time to acknowledge a painful reality: when it comes

Eleven online platforms that let you — yes, you — make socially responsible investments right now

As the socially-responsible, ESG (for environmental, social and governance), and impact investing movements have gained steam, so has the number of companies offering products aligned with investors’ values. Providing low-cost, low-effort personal investment options, U.S. robo-advisors currently have more than $100 billion in assets, and are estimated to reach $2.2 trillion by 2020. To differentiate

Expanding OPIC is Good for America and the World

Congress will soon begin debate on the recently released Trump Administration “budget blueprint.” This blueprint includes a dizzying array of choices that lay waste to efforts aimed at fighting poverty, improving education and health for vulnerable populations, and engaging in smart global development. One of the most inexplicable proposals included in the “budget blueprint” is