June 2016

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HOW BOLD CORPORATE ACTION CAN KEEP TEMPERATURE RISE BELOW 2°C

A new report launched today by the We Mean Business Coalition, along with CDP, shows how significant the business contribution could be to ensure that the goals set out in the Paris Agreement this past December are met. The report, called The Business End of...

BREXIT FALLOUT: RENEWABLES INVESTOR SENTIMENT HIT

The UK's shocking decision to leave the EU will hurt investor sentiment in clean energy projects in the EU as well as the UK, it was claimed today according to Environmental Finance. The vote will bring years of uncertainty to the UK as it looks...

WWF CALLS FOR INDUSTRY STANDARDS IN GREEN BOND MARKET

A new research report commissioned by WWF and published the night before the Annual General Meeting of the Green Bond Principles, shows that the proliferation of standards, frameworks and guidelines, as well as the diversity of market practices in terms of definitions and requirements for...

INTERVIEW WITH CANDICE MOTRAN – INVESTMENT DIRECTOR AT BSC

This is the first of installment of our interview series with professionals in the social impact field; we have interviewed Candice Motran, Investment Director at Big Society Capital. Bio Name: Candice Motran Base: Toronto, Canada Position: Investment Director Big Society Capital (BSC) Tenure in current role: 3 years Global issue you...

A TONIIC REPORT: VENTURE PHILANTHROPISTS & IMPACT INVESTORS

The Toniic Institute released a new report this week titled "Venture Philanthropists & Impact Investors Sharing - Collaboration Successes & Challenges". The report looks at the maturing impact investment movement, where we're increasingly seeing different types of investment models being deployed to address some of the...

FTSE RUSSELL’S GREEN REVENUE INDEX

FTSE Russell has launched a Green Revenues Index Series, designed to produce greater exposure for companies that are making strides in the transition to a green economy. The indexes are designed to reflect the changes in the revenue mix of companies as they shift their...

5TH SOCIAL IMPACT BOND IN THE NETHERLANDS

The Bookings Institute features a blog this week by Emily Gustafsson-Wright on the fifth social impact bond announced by the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.  The ministry has announced that it will pay for the successful achievement of employment and prison recidivism outcomes among short-term...

FINANCIAL RETURNS ON INCLUSIVE BUSINESS

A blog post this week by the Asian Development Bank on the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business discusses the returns investors are seeing on inclusive business. The commercial viability and bankability of inclusive business investments was a key topic of discussion among investors at the Asian...

TIPPING POINT LOOMING FOR CEMENT INDUSTRY

A new report released by CDP that analyzes a US$120bn2 grouping of the world's largest cement companies, has found that a tipping point is looming for the industry, with significant innovation required to go well beyond the efficiency improvements achieved to date. The report finds that...