A new series in Stanford Social Innovation Review highlights the impact investment strategies of major U.S. foundations. Carol Larson writes the Packard Foundation is “moving upstream” to help launch more climate-action financing vehicles, such as the US-India Clean Energy Finance initiative, and helping financing matchmakers like Sunfunder establish a track record. Rip Rapson explains Kresge Foundation’s
Not all infrastructure is created equal. The Trump administration is floating ambitious plans for bridges, roads, airports, to be financed through tax credits and expedited through environmental approvals. Democrats have their own $1 trillion proposal. Both claim to help put Americans to work. But what about the infrastructure Americans need to get to work? Investments
2030 The price of lithium-ion batteries has fallen below $350 per kilowatt-hour, down by more than two-thirds since 2010, and could fall below $100 per kWh within a decade. The stunning drop means global battery storage capacity could rise from one gigawatt-hour today to 250 gigawatt-hours by 2030, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.
Co-operatives hold promise for a “human economy,” says Enrich Sahan, head of Oxfam’s private sector team. The report generated headlines for its finding that the world’s eight wealthiest men hold as much wealth as the bottom half of the global population. Employee-owned businesses are a way to reverse such concentration, Sahan argues, and need greater
Stock market research firm MSCI says investors will differentiate themselves in 2017 by looking for non-financial data and long-term performance. Rising risks mean governance factors are key in pricing bonds. Utilities may spin off renewables to attract low-carbon investors. And new pay-ratio data may tilt institutions away from companies with excessive CEO compensation. A flurry