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Corporate ‘Toilet Coalition’ Takes Care of Business of Sanitation

As the classic children’s book says, “Everyone poops.” That makes the global sanitation crisis an opportunity for top global corporations to deepen their relationship with an emerging class of global consumers and their own employees. The UN estimates that more than a third of the world’s population, or 2.5 billion people, lack basic sanitation services

Sir Ronald Cohen: A Revolution in Financial Markets as Impact Joins Risk and Return

Merida, Mexico — On his trip to Mexico last week, the Pope called for a more ethical capitalism. “The flow of capital cannot decide the flow and life of people,” he said during a packed mass in the border town of Juarez. A few thousand miles southeast, here in Merida, hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and social justice advocates

In Latin America, Leaders Begin to Catch Up with Impact Investment Activity

Latin America’s homegrown community of impact investors will get an assist from two visitors this week. First up is Pope Francis, who has called for markets to better serve the basic interests of people. “Impact investors are those who are conscious of the existence of serious unjust situations,” he said at a Vatican conference in 2014. Also

Bill Gates Doubles Down to Scale Up Financing for New Impact Fund Managers

When Bill Gates agreed a couple years ago to put a small piece of his personal fortune into a fund that invests in companies serving low-income customers in India, he invited the fund managers to return with a plan to scale up their investments and their social impact. The fund managers recently took such a plan

Closing the Gap in Low-Carbon Finance at the Climate Risk Summit

UNITED NATIONS — Slushy sidewalks notwithstanding, climate leaders passed through UN security Wednesday with a spring in their step. In a reunion of sorts for the COP21 climate agreement in Paris, an all-star, all-expert cast descended on the United Nations to prod investors into urgent and aggressive action. [blockquote author=”Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention

Stock Market Got You Down? Conservation Financiers Ready ‘Non-Correlated’ Investments

There’s an intriguing line in the new Credit Suisse and McKinsey & Co. report on the growing interest among institutional investors for financial products that protect ecosystems, drive sustainable commodity production or reduce carbon emissions. Among mainstream investors, the report says, “The conservation impact of a product is generally of little importance.” The report, “From

Stock Market Got You Down? Conservation Financiers Ready ‘Non-Correlated’ Investments

There’s an intriguing line in the new Credit Suisse and McKinsey & Co. report on the growing interest among institutional investors for financial products that protect ecosystems, drive sustainable commodity production or reduce carbon emissions. Among mainstream investors, the report says, “The conservation impact of a product is generally of little importance.” The report, “From