October 2015

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Road to Paris COP21 Series – Part 3: Carbon Risk

  Part 3: Carbon Risk If ‘climate risk’ is the probability of climate catastrophe occurring then ‘carbon risk’ is the probability that investments in high carbon companies and assets will lose value as we transition away from fossil fuels and move towards an increasingly carbon constrained world. The most...

A financial system for sustainable development?

This month the UN published it's final findings on how to build a global financial system for sustainable development, playing particular attention to the role of the financial system in addressing climate change. The advisory panel consisted of representatives from public and private sectors as well...

Road to Paris COP21 Series – Part 2: Climate Risk

  Part 2: Climate Risk I was at an event recently where the ‘point person for carbon’ from a well-known bank told me 10 degrees of warming was not such a big deal because “there are other places in the world where it is already 10 degrees...

Debating the triple bottom line

Pioneers Post, the social enterprise magazine, published an interesting recap this week of a debate entitled "Is CSR dead?" Although the focus of the debate was CSR, or corporate social responsibility, it seemed discussion centred around two alternative (but similar) concepts - 'shared value' and...

Impact Investing: assessing the demand and supply side

Two new reports published by Echoing Green and Omidyar Network explore the shortcomings of impact investing from the perspective of social enterprises and investors (respectively) with a particular focus on emerging economies. Echoing Green, a non profit that supports social entrepreneurs globally, sourced their findings directly...

French Development Agency and L’Oreal debate environmental financing

Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), the French International Development Agency, hosted speakers including L'Oreal, to debate the state and private sector's roles in financing environmental. The debate is timely given the recent commitments as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to leverage private sources of...

Social Sector Leaders Gather at SOCAP

This week sees the SOCAP15 conference take place in San Francisco with 10,000 global leaders from social enterprises and impact investing gathering. Ahead of the conference there's plenty of interesting content on the SOCAP site, tickling attendee's tastebuds of what's to come. One of the teaser pieces we found...