When Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff paid $190 million for Time magazine last year, he told interviewers, “One of the things that really matters to me is having a positive global impact.” Are newspapers and newsmagazines “impact investments”? And are the billionaires who buy them making a positive impact? The roundtable regulars take up the
- The kinds of financing mechanisms in the Green New Deal proposal – to mobilize capital, apportion risks, protect stakeholders and ensure accountability – have been built by elements of the impact investing industry in recent decades, he said.
- Major companies are starting to face up to the very practical implications of climate change.
- The latest episode of ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment podcast explores the connection between such risks and the mobilization of investment to address them.
- How such “non-financial” factors affect financial performance has been a matter of hot debate for several years. As ESG breaks into the mainstream, the podcast’s roundtable regulars took on a tougher question is: Does it make a bit of difference in the real world?
- This is the year impact investing gets real. Really. That's the thread connecting a half-dozen or so forecasts from Equilibrium Capital's Dave Chen, who returned to ImpactAlpha's Returns on Investment podcast for a New Year's check-in on the progress of the "institutional shift" in impact investing.
- "'Market-rate' is not a very appealing brand," David Bank said in the podcast roundtable discussion. "It's saying, 'We're all average,' and nobody wants to be average. In private equity, everybody wants to be in the 'upper-quartile.'"
- Optimism may or may not be self-fulfilling; pessimism surely is. That’s why the pessimism that at the “COP 24” global climate talks now underway in Katowice, Poland is so alarming.