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TPG’s ‘special purpose acquisition company’ aims at sustainable business

ImpactAlpha, September 10 – TPG Pace Group, a holding company of TPG, launched TPG Pace Beneficial Finance to acquire an unnamed business on the grounds of its environmental, social and governance, or ESG, profile. Special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, is looking to raise $350 million, though TPG has not indicated the type of business

ImpactAlpha is recruiting reporters/producers as the impact investing media battle heats up

ImpactAlpha, Sept. 9, 2020 –– Business and finance reporting will never be the same. The pandemic, the protests and the climate emergency have made sustainable finance, impact investing and “ESG” the fastest-growing categories of financial services. And that means a media battle for that audience is brewing as well. ImpactAlpha, the purpose-built impact investing media

Daimler joins Europe’s green bond parade

ImpactAlpha, September 8 – German automaker Daimler has issued a €1 billion ($1.2 billion), 10-year bond to transition to clean cars. Daimler’s bond follows a €500 million issuance from Spain’s Banco de Sabadell last week.  In other firsts, Germany and Sweden both floated their first sovereign green bonds last week. Germany raised €6.5 billion with

Corporate impact face-off: Novartis vs Sanofi

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. Earlier editions: Nestlé vs. Danone and Engie vs. Enel. A comparison of the two European pharmaceutical

Triodos Bank develops impact bond fund for U.K. retail investors

ImpactAlpha, September 3 – Nearly half of retail investors in the U.K. want impact investment options. Triodos Bank U.K. is responding with an impact bond fund that starts at £20 per share. The Triodos Sterling Bond Impact Fund, launching in early November, will invest in corporate, social and green bonds, and U.K. “gilts,” or sovereign

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg commit $300 million to safe, fair elections

ImpactAlpha, September 2 – Two impact investors sounded off in ImpactAlpha this week about the importance of securing the fairness of the November U.S. election (see, “How impact investors can help ensure racial justice includes electoral justice,” and “Impact investors have a role to play in preventing worst-case election scenarios”). Now comes the Facebook founder