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COVID Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs rallies support for frontline enterprises

ImpactAlpha, September 16 – Social enterprises need new sources of capital, as well as non-financial support, to maintain and expand operations now that it’s needed most.  “For decades, social entrepreneurs have effectively reached and helped vulnerable populations and have served as the guardians of people and the planet,” write the authors of a new report

Fifty years later, resetting capitalism from shareholders to stakeholders

ImpactAlpha, Sept. 14, 2020 –– Milton Friedman’s 1970 essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits,” turns 50 this week. It has not aged well. Corporate and business voices assembled across the media landscape to bury Friedman’s doctrine of “shareholder primacy” and champion the advent of “stakeholder capitalism” responsible to workers, communities,

UBS recommends sustainable investments across its client base

ImpactAlpha, Sept. 10 –  UBS said today that it will make sustainable investments “the preferred solution” for clients of its 2.6 trillion global wealth management business. “We believe sustainable investments will prove to be one of the most exciting and durable opportunities for private clients in the years and decades ahead, says UBS’ Iqbal Khan.

U.S. regulator urges a price on carbon to stem climate risks

“Financial markets will only be able to channel resources efficiently to activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions if an economy-wide price on carbon is in place at a level that reflects the true social cost of those emissions,” says a new report from a key U.S. government regulator. 

Smart subsidies for Africa’s high risk, low return smallholder finance market

A financing model from Aceli is looking to turn tens of millions of dollars in donor capital into hundreds of millions in lending by mitigating risks and boosting the returns for lenders to the least-served and most impactful African agribusinesses.