May 2016

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THE ROI ON REVIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM

The Stanford Social Innovation Review features an article this week by Debby Bielak and Devin Murphy from The Bridgespan Group. The article discusses the potential impact of philanthropic investments on upward social mobility in the US, which has remained stagnant for the past 50 years. According...

THE ETHICAL PROPERTY BUSINESS IS BOOMING

The Ethical Property Company has delivered one the largest transactions in the history of the social business sector in order to meet rising demand for its services. Established in 1998, The Ethical Property Company provides affordable workspace to over 340 social businesses, charities and not-for-profit organisations...

Millennials and Impact Investment

Toniic, a global action community for impact investors, released a report on Millennials and Impact Investment this week. Many surveys suggests that millennials have an interest in impact investment, but also suggests that perhaps there is often more talk than action. The report seeks to empower interested millennials to...

Leading investors meet to discuss farm animal welfare business risk

Leading institutions including Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Cornerstone Capital and Boston Asset Management came together last week to encourage large manufacturers like Tyson Foods, Nestlé and Sodexo to improve farm animal welfare standards. Last week Coller Capital hosted a roundtable with leading investors...

The meaning of social investment

In a must-read blog post Phil Caroe, Director of Social Finance at Allia, a charity that supports social ventures, writes about what exactly we mean when we talk about social investment. Caroe questions the methodology used by BCG and Big Society Capital which suggests that...

“Alternative Finance & Are The Banks Dead to You?” Panel Debate

Last week, Like Minds hosted a business breakfast and panel debate on the impact of the alternative finance revolution on SMEs.  Like Minds is a global thought leadership platform delivering events on business development, knowledge and insight aimed at entrepreneurs and business leaders to empower...

A NEW BLOOMBERG GENDER-EQUALITY INDEX

This week saw the launch of the Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index (BFGEI), which scores financial service companies on how well they treat women and whether they can be said to be promoting gender equality. The index provides investors and organizations with standardized data across...

AN INVESTMENT FIRM THAT LETS YOU PAY WHAT YOU LIKE

The Conscious Company Magazine features an interview this week with Andrei Cherny, the CEO of Aspiration. It's a sustainable investment firms that operates on a pay-what-you-like basis. After spending 20 years working on issues of fairness in the American financial system, Cherny realized that people belonging...

IMPACT CAPITALISM SUMMIT

This week saw the Impact Capitalism Summit hosted in Chicago by Big Path Capital. It has been coined the "Davos of Impact Investment" and is the largest gathering of family offices, foundations, and institutional investors taking a portfolio approach toward Impact Investing globally. Speakers at the...

MOBILIZING TELCOS FOR DISTASTER RELIEF

In a new article featured on NextBillion, Jatinder Handoo highlights the possibility of using India's existing mobile infrastructure to transfer money in a low-cost, transparent and efficient way in disaster-hit regions. According to Handoo, the nation of 1.2 billion people is rebooting itself digitally. This effort is...