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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

This private-equity giant has distributed more than $500 million – to hourly employees (podcast)

Sharing wealth with hourly employees has not been a major part of the private-equity playbook, which has more often called for layoffs, plant closings and large helpings of debt. But at least in its industrial manufacturing portfolio, the private-equity firm KKR has distributed about a half-billion dollars in dividends and other proceeds to about 20,000

Catalytic Capital: Diane Isenberg lays down a “1/10th Challenge” for wealthy families (podcast)

ImpactAlpha, July 16,2020 –– If you’re rich, and you get your capital back with perhaps a little extra for inflation and expenses, you’ll still be rich tomorrow. Ceniarth’s Diane Isenberg is the rare wealthy individual who is unafraid to call out other wealthy families, as well as some shibboleths of impact investing, including “market-rate returns”

CDC’s Nick O’Donohoe on risk, liquidity and catalytic capital in emerging markets (podcast)

“The crisis has made a risky area even more risky,” CDC’s Nick O’Donohoe says on ImpactAlpha’s latest Agents of Impact podcast. “It is critically important that development finance institutions step forward, be countercyclical and provide funding and liquidity at a time when commercial investors wouldn’t.“That means you’ve got to take on considerable amount of risk in order to do that.”

Leapfrog’s Andy Kuper on impact, exits and scaling growth in emerging markets through the COVID crisis (podcast) 

LeapFrog Investments goes into this recession with capital on hand, the fortuitous result of having raised more than $700 million for its third fund last year.  That’s a stark contrast to the last recession, when LeapFrog launched its first fund a week after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. The emerging market impact investor

How gender power imbalances put the COVID recovery at risk (podcast)

Power is the thread that connects the surge in gender-based violence during the COVID crisis with violence against people of color, including by police officers. “Power is the issue: inequity and structural inequities that affect people in all sorts of different ways,” Criterion Institute’s Joy Anderson said in an interview on ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment

Visa Foundation’s Graham Macmillan doubles down on small and micro businesses – run by women (podcast)

ImpactAlpha, May 9 – A parade of philanthropic foundations will report this week on their journeys toward aligning their assets with their missions, as the biennial Mission Investors Exchange gets underway online. ImpactAlpha will check in on the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Heron Foundation and others that have been working for years