The annual Who’s Who of impact investing, hosted by Sir Ronald Cohen’s Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, is convening for the fourth year. The GSG’s annual awards recognized individuals and organizations “radically reshaping how measurable impact on people and the planet is reflected in financial decision-making.” The U.S.-based family office Blue Haven Initiative was
- Investing in impact hardware, financing small-biz in Southeast Asia and Africa, GE’s green turnaround
- Investors with tens of billions in assets have written an open letter to incoming General Electric Co. CEO Lawrence Culp making the case that he can turnaround the Boston-based firm’s ailing valuation by becoming a leader in the global transition to clean power and transportation.
The French impact investment firm Investisseurs & Partenaires raised €21 million ($25 million) to launch and seed other impact funds in Africa. Investisseurs & Partenaires’ goal for its second I&P Développement fund is to launch 10 funds that will provide €20,000 to €500,000 in financing to 500 small businesses on the continent. Farmers, agribusinesses, and
- Connectivity, digitization, and data can accelerate social progress and economic prosperity only so far. People’s lives still rely on physical things: infrastructure for shelter and movement, for delivering energy and recycling waste and much more.
- Yet hardware has long been neglected by impact investors. There are few dedicated hardware venture funds of any kind and even fewer that back products targeted at low-income customers or frontier markets.
- The online lending firm maps "borrowers’ trading relationships for size and diversity. This enables us to understand the strength of their cash flows,” CEO Patrick Lynch told TechinAsia.
- The Brief’s Big 10: U.S. policy boosts, bond-market validation, fixed-income through a gender lens, impact as a second language