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The Brief’s Big Eight: Gun money, billion-dollar babies, alt-credit, values of inclusion

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! Investors flex their muscles on guns. Guns are the new carbon…or cigarettes…or South Africa. The $70 billion State of Michigan Retirement System sold its holdings in Olin Corp., maker of Winchester ammunition. New Jersey legislators will vote on a bill to ban guns from the portfolios of state employee pension funds. BlackRock,

TLFF issues $95 million sustainable rubber bond in Indonesia

The Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility has issued a $95 million sustainable rubber bond in Indonesia. The bond will pay for wildlife-friendly, socially inclusive and climate-sensitive rubber production in two Indonesian provinces. The financing, arranged by BNP Paribas, will fund PT Royal Lestari Utama, a joint venture between Michelin and Indonesia’s Barito Pacific Group. Working with

Tech pundits take on the bugs in the market system

NewCo’s Shift Forum in San Francisco has become a place for policy and even political discussions that are outside the bounds of most tech conferences. This year’s conference was no exception as speakers took on the prevailing notion that the replacement of workers with automation is an inevitable outcome of technological progress. “The fundamental question

Restoring forests is investable

More than three dozen governments around the world have committed to restoring more than 150 million hectares of land by 2020. That’s an area bigger than South Africa. By 2030, that commitment rises to 350 million hectares. The commitments are long overdue. More than a third of agricultural landscapes are considered degraded. Forests are losing

Backstage Capital backs Native American-run biotech firm Novoron

Novoron Bioscience was founded by neuroscientist Travis Stiles to develop therapies for central nervous system disorders like multiple sclerosis. The company has been working with a National Institute of Health grant to develop a spinal cord nerve regeneration therapy. Backstage Capital announced on Twitter that it had invested an undisclosed amount in the company. Backstage raised

Overheard at the Latin America Impact Investing Forum

Discussions at the eighth Foro Latinoamericano de Inversión de Impacto in Mérida, Mexico are revolved around not why or what or when, but how. Here are some highlights: Impact investment need not be pure. There are steps on the path towards impact, says Andrea Armeni of Transform Finance and Aner Ben-Ami of Candide Group. BlackRock’s

Fallacies of impact investing, DC’s founders of color, sustainable rubber in Indonesia, impact…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Doing well by doing good is not doing enough to transform finance. The racial wealth gap is widening. At current trends, median wealth for African American households will fall to zero by 2053; the median Latino family will hit zero-wealth in 2073, according to a recent report. ImpactAlpha has been