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Berkeley offers impact investing academic research prize

The University of California, Berkeley’s Haas Business School is cultivating academic rigor in impact investing. The school’s Center for Responsible Business is accepting proposals until April 3 for its Investment for Impact Research Prize. Topics can range from green bonds to microfinance to venture philanthropy. The $5,000 prize winner will be announced in September. This post

It’s time to step up progress on universal education

Progress toward universal education (Sustainable Development Goal №4) is the biggest driver of all the other goals as well. If everyone in the world completed secondary school by 2030, poverty would be eliminated 10 years earlier than currently forecast. The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity reported the vision could be achieved within a generation

Toniic’s tool helps investors map impact themes to Sustainable Development Goals

Are you investing in basic goods and services, smallholder farmer finance, inclusive fintech or affordable housing? Then you’re working toward Sustainable Development Goal No. 1:  End global poverty. That’s according to a new project from Toniic Institute, the research arm of the global impact investor network, which has matched common impact investment themes with the United Nations’ global

SOCAP spins out of MissionHUB under new investor group

The 10th anniversary gathering of SOCAP in San Francisco in October will convene under new ownership. An investment group led by Robert J. Caruso of Kantian Social Ventures, has acquired a majority stake in the Social Capital Markets conference. SOCAP is spinning out of MissionHUB LLC, which remains a minority owner and co-founders Rosa Lee

Notes from Underground: Boosting livelihoods in the informal economy

Johannesburg — The vast underground economy around the world is characterized by below-the-radar flows of money, tax evasion, and poor labor conditions. Less obvious are the sector’s important lessons for self-regulation, new income streams and inclusive financial innovation. Rather than force food vendors, taxi drivers and small farmers to join the formal economy, new business models are

Google.org stakes $11.5 million on criminal justice reform

Google.org has staked $11.5 million on criminal justice reform. Ten organizations tracking police data and providing support services for former and juvenile offenders will get grants from Google’s nonprofit arm. “Mass incarceration is a huge issue in the United States,” wrote Google.org’s Justin Steele. “We believe better data can be can be part of the solution.”

HowGood raises $4.2 million for sustainable retail ratings

HowGood has raised $4.2 million for sustainable retail ratings. The Brooklyn-based startup offers consumers a sustainability and responsibility guide for 200,000 food, drink, personal care items and home goods. HowGood’s data on environmental, health and trade impacts includes packaging chemicals and labor practices. A rating is available with a mobile barcode scan. The Series A round was led