Water takes its place as a material risk — and investment opportunity

Climate Finance Banks, institutional investors and consumers are demanding companies disclose climate risks. But a related risk factor may be more pressing (and lucrative): water. A report from the U.K.-based Carbon Disclosure Project found that the impacts of droughts, floods, and water pollution cost businesses $14 billion last year — a five-fold increase from 2015. The companies in

Can the U.S. cut food waste in half by 2030?

The United States wastes more food than any other country in the world — more than 60 million tons per year that are worth $160 billion. Some of that is lost before leaving the farm, but most is discarded by households, grocery stores, food manufacturers and restaurants. Meanwhile one in seven U.S. households are food-insecure. The Obama administration’s

Sustainable Investing Challenge Winner: Flexible Finance for Low-Income Schools

A team of MBA students from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management that proposed a low-interest loan fund for India’s 400,000 low-fee private schools took first place in last week’s Kellogg Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge. Now in its seventh year, the tone at the finals in New York suggested the tide is shifting towards

Water takes its place as a material risk – and investment opportunity

Banks, institutional investors and consumers are demanding companies disclose climate risks. But a related risk factor may be more pressing (and lucrative): water. A report from the U.K.-based Carbon Disclosure Project found that the impacts of droughts, floods, and water pollution cost businesses $14 billion last year—a five-fold increase from 2015. The companies in the

Vox Capital backs education startup to boost student performance in Brazil

Vox Capital has backed an education startup to boost student performance in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro-based Aondê has created a multimedia-teaching approach, called Conecturma, that combines books, games, cartoons, music and puppets into an interactive story to teach Portuguese, mathematics and social and emotional skills to youth. Conecturma is used in more than three dozen schools and

Inspirafarms raises $1.75 million to stem food waste on small farms

Inspirafarms has raised $1.75 million to stem food waste on small farms. The startup, based in Sevenoaks, U.K., designs and manufactures cold-storage and food-processing equipment that is modular and can work off-grid to help small agribusinesses reduce post-harvest losses due to pests, heat and exposure to the elements. With the equipment, a small-scale farming operation can

Oikocredit raises $2.1 million to finance SDG solutions

Oikocredit has raised $2.1 million to finance more SDG solutions. Debt and equity investments by Oikocredit, a Netherlands-based cooperative, help to finance microfinance institutions and small businesses in agriculture, renewable energy and infrastructure that are working to meet 16 of the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Last year, the co-op’s portfolio grew 16% to €1.05