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A disruption big enough to drive private capital for public good – or not (podcast)

The COVID crisis has seen an outpouring of public capital for public good. And trillions of dollars in ‘stimulus,’ ‘bailouts,’ ‘liquidity’ and ‘easing’ represents public capital for private good. Investors (including some senators) are playing the volatile markets and pocketing the profits – that’s private capital for private good. Impact investing has posited the role

Amit Bouri: Impact investors are stepping up to the challenges of COVID – and capitalism (podcast)

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare issues of inequality that private investors – not just governments – must urgently address. In a podcast interview with ImpactAlpha, the Global Impact Investing Network’s Amit Bouri said the large and growing impact investing marketplace that has developed in the past decade cannot be considered a success if the

Institutional Shift: Calling the inflection point, and other trends to watch in 2020 (podcast)

The keyword of the year in climate action: scale. Pension funds and other large asset owners are putting pressure on their asset and fund managers to get on board the low carbon economy in a big way. “What’s materially different from the past is that almost everybody is realizing we have now hit inflection,” Equilibrium

‘ESG investing’ crosses the chasm from early adopter to early majority. So what? (podcast)

In the now-classic model of technology adoption, the most difficult step is expanding from aspirational visionaries to hard nosed pragmatists. Innovations that “cross the chasm” create a bandwagon effect and stand to become the new industry standard. Financial institutions certainly seem to be jumping on the bandwagon of environmental, social and governance, or ESG investing.

Blue Like an Orange offers a report card for the Sustainable Development Goals (podcast)

  • To share its early learnings, Blue like an Orange is releasing its internal rating system, SDG Blue, which scores investments against the SDGs in much the same way Moody’s scores companies’ credit ratings. 
  • “We wanted to find a way to take the SDGs seriously and have a guide for how we select deals, diligence deals and how they move through our process,” says co-founder Suprotik Basu. “There’s a real temptation to back into the icon or the goal that makes sense, and that’s how you get to your SDG impact. That didn’t feel right to us.”