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Visa and Alphabet issue more than $6 billion in green bonds

ImpactAlpha, August 11 – The proceeds from Visa’s $500 million green bond issuance are slated for investments in green buildings, renewable energy, water and wastewater management and sustainable living initiatives. Google parent Alphabet claims its $5.8 billion sustainability bond is the largest-ever issuance by a company. Sustainable bonds “are an emerging asset class,” said Google CFO

Corporate impact face-off: Engie vs. Enel

Impak Battles, an ImpactAlpha series with impak, a Montreal-based impact ratings agency, assesses the positive and negative impact of corporate operations. Each month, the agency uses its impak Score rating methodology in a head-to-head assessment of two representative companies. Last month’s edition: Nestlé vs. Danone. Next up: A comparison of the two European energy utilities.

Nia’s Kristin Hull: How I invest in environmental sustainability and social change

“While I was having fun meeting local entrepreneurs solving key problems, directing capital toward innovative solutions, and earning significant returns, I saw that few investors were following suit,” she writes in the next installment in ImpactAlpha’s “Walking the Talk” series.

Book review: Nick O’Donohoe on Sir Ronald Cohen’s Impact 

ImpactAlpha, July 22 – There is nothing surprising about the fact that Sir Ronald Cohen has written a book on impact. What is perhaps surprising is that it has taken so long for him to do so. Cohen has an extraordinary life story. He was born in Egypt to a Jewish family that was forced