February 2015

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Citi’s $100bn commitment to environmental investments

Citigroup have stepped up their commitment to invest $100bn over ten years in environment related initiatives, including green bonds. This is an increase from their previous $50bn commitment between 2007-2016, a  target they have met early. The rationale for the commitment was presented as being both driven...

The new HNW wealth strategy: 100% impact

CSRWire reported on a small, but growing, movement of high net worth individuals that are allocating 100% of their investment portfolio to impact investments. Their motives? These are presented as varied, ranging from a passion for problem solving to a desire to pave the way for others to invest...

Do charity CEOs appreciate social finance?

Pioneers Post, the social enterprise magazine, reported this week that 56% of Charity CEOs do not think that repayable financing sources would benefit their organisations. How to interpret this figure? It suggests that over 40% of Charity CEOs think social finance would be beneficial which, for a relatively young form...

OECD releases new report on the impact investment market

The OECD have released a report entitled Social Impact Investment: building the evidence base. The report proposes a framework through which to assess the impact investment market and emphasises the need to gather further evidence in order to improve engagement with the sector and support its growth globally. The...

Natural capital: the next frontier for finance

The Guardian published a thought provoking piece last week on their sustainable business blog advocating a fundamental change to the financial system that accounts for the value of Nature in global growth, and the associated costs in damage to nature. The numbers presented in the article are staggering, for...

For-profit vs. non-profit models in microcredit

Are non-profit or for-profit microfinance providers more competitive? The question is timely given the recent OpEd published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review which questions whether investors in microfinance are expecting too much and, more importantly, what their expectations really are in terms of re-framing "profit" to mean maximising of...

UBS announces social investment tax relief (SITR) funds

This week saw UBS announce its support for social investment tax relief (SITR) funds in the UK, the first of which is due to launch in Q1 this year. As reported here by Pioneer's Post, the social enterprise magazine, the funds will target alleviation of inner-city poverty whilst also offering...