Impact investor group launches vegetarian-meat company for Chinese market

A quarter of the world’s meat is consumed in China, including half of all pork, and meat consumption and production are both rising. Dao Foods International — a new collaboration between Dao Ventures, Moonspire Social Ventures and New Crop Capital — aims to “accelerate [China’s] shift toward plant-based and clean meat and capitalize on the investor interest in these better

First the sun, now the wind

China is already the world’s largest producer of solar energy. By 2022, it will also become the world’s offshore wind leader, according to new research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (paywall). Globally, offshore-wind capacity is expected to hit 115 gigawatts by 2030, up from almost 18 GW today, the report says. Thank China’s commitments in the

SV99 points to high-growth, high-impact Chinese investment opportunities

Cross the world’s second-largest economy with global social and environmental goals and you may find high-growth, high-impact investment opportunities. That’s what the Social Value 99, a list of publicly listed Chinese companies ranked by economic, social and environmental performance, is intended to showcase. The China Alliance of Social Value Investment, a Shenzhen, China-based social finance

Financial technology trends, off-grid community ventures, China’s social-value 99, vulnerable…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Voices Lessons from 1,000 U.S. fintech companies. More than half of American adults — about 138 million — have difficulty managing their daily financial lives. A new wave of fintech startups are using increasingly sophisticated technology and social media to target overlooked populations with helpful tools, some provided by employers as benefits to their

China’s climate leadership, $50M sustainable land fund, impact due diligence, waste-to-profits

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original China has so far exceeded (low) expectations for cutting emissions — but can it save the planet? China left the global climate talks in Bonn as the new “indispensable nation.” The world’s biggest polluter is also the world’s biggest driver of cheap, clean energy, making China the country that can make

‘Less talk, more action’ to boost impact investing in China

The philosophy behind impact investing isn’t lost on China, but the tendency to over-hype the sector could be. “The Chinese culture traditionally encourages less talk and more action,” says Tao Zhang, founder of Dao Ventures, a China-US consortium that has invested more than $200 million in social and environmental ventures in and outside of China. Even

China is officially a leader in the long-term fight against climate change

The reality may not match the rhetoric, but the rhetoric is a relief. “[China has] taken a driving seat in international cooperation to respond to climate change,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said in the Great Hall of the People at the start of this week’s Communist Party congress. “Only by observing the laws of nature can