September 2015

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Sustainable Development Summit and Climate Week NYC

New York has had a busy week. The last few days saw the city play host to the annual UN general assembly and Sustainable Development Summit as well as Climate Week NYC. At the UN the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were formally agreed by global leaders. The 17 goals lay out...

60 founding members celebrate the launch of B Corp UK

The US non-profit B Labs has officially launched the B Corp certification in the UK with over 60 British companies being certified as founding B Corps, joining international B Corps such as Etsy. Amongst the founding members were a number of impact investing organisations, demonstrating their commitment to B Corps aim of...

Report upbeat about the UK social enterprise sector

Social Enterprise UK, a national body for social enterprises in the UK, have published the findings from their 2015 'State of Social Enterprise' survey.  The survey includes responses from over 1100 social enterprises, a significant increase from previous years, but a relatively small proportion of...

Financing the Sustainable Development Goals

With the UN Summit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) nearing, questions had been raised about how best to finance the new goals. Following a development financing summit in Addis Ababa in July of this year, key financing approaches were agreed - one of which...

Building a sustainability investment infrastructure

Last week saw the European launch of Insight360, a sustainability and ESG analytics platform. The platform allows investors to access and integrate real-time ESG data into their investment decisions and enables them to select the sustainability data that is of greatest interest to them, suggesting...

Income targeting in energy efficiency

Given the announcement by the ADB that they will make energy accessibility a priority, an article published by Grist.org, an environmental news outlet, caught my eye. The piece asserts that energy efficiency subsidy programmes are more effective when targeted at lower income households for whom the...

African Development Bank: Focusing on Energy and Inclusion

As the incoming leader at the African Development Bank (ADB), Akinwumi Adesina took the Wall Street Journal through his key priorities for the bank calling out a focus on renewable energy and financial inclusion. Elsewhere saw calls for increasing capital to agriculture across the continent. Adesina highlighted the current...