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Latin American impact investors to convene in Mexico [February 14 – 16]

New Ventures Mexico will play host to the 7th edition of the Latin America Impact Investing Forum in Mérida, Mexico from February 14th through 16th. More than 30 funds will be on hand as the region’s leaders explore how to maximize growing interest in the field from foundations, corporates, faith-based initiatives and universities. That expectations for the

HCAP Partners invests in spas that offer massages – and good jobs

Masseurs and spa attendants can’t be outsourced or automated, at least not yet. HCAP, the California-based private equity firm formerly known as Huntington Capital, made an undisclosed mezzanine debt investment in Burke Williams, a chain of 11 spas in California. HCAP’s Frank Mora said management’s “considerable investment” in employees creates a strong company culture and

Impact-first foundations are expanding their investment strategies

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

Put Americans to work. Get them to work: Transit infrastructure’s double dividend

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

Battery storage could grow 250-fold by 2030, reshaping global energy grids

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.

Employee-owned businesses drive good jobs and fair wages

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

Institutional investors are differentiating themselves with ESG

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