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Mexico issues $890 million Sustainable Development Goal bond

ImpactAlpha, Sept. 16 – Mexico has issued a $890 million Sustainable Development Goal bond. Proceeds from the seven-year bond will target vulnerable populations across Mexico, with a city-level focus, covering SDGs for hunger, health, education, work and infrastructure. The issuance is the first sovereign SDG bond, according to the U.N. United Nations Development Programme. “This

Food startups NotCo and Climax Foods raise financing for plant-based alternatives

ImpactAlpha, September 16 – Chile-based NotCo uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify plant-based proteins as substitutes for animal-based food products. NotCo secured $85 million to expand its alt-meat and dairy product line to the U.S.  The company raised $30 million last year for its line of plant-based mayonnaise and ice cream.  Meanwhile, San

Bridges Fund Management and AEA Investors to float $400 million ‘impact’ SPAC 

ImpactAlpha, September 15 – Bridges Fund Management and AEA Investors filed to float a $400 public offering for AEA-Bridges Impact Corp., a “special purpose acquisition company,” or SPAC, that will hunt for mid-cap private companies to take public. New York-based AEA, with $15 billion in assets under management, will tap Bridges’ impact investing experience to

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. 

Credit Suisse rolls out sustainable oceans equity fund

ImpactAlpha, September 9 – Credit Suisse is launching an investment fund this month to help clients invest in pollution prevention, the low-carbon transition and ocean conservation, Citywire Selector reports. The Swiss bank is partnering with Rockefeller Asset Management and the nonprofit Ocean Foundation, which is helping define the fund’s impact and scope. Credit Suisse’s did

Another rule from the Department of Labor, another attack on ESG investing

The DOL "is trying to shield irresponsible corporate leaders from the consequences of their actions by undermining basic tenets of shareholder democracy and responsible corporate governance,” says Majority Action’s Eli Kasargod-Staub.