July 2016

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GEOGRAPHY OF CREATIVITY IN THE UK

Nesta released a publication this week mapping the creative industry in the UK. The goal of the publication is to provide the data to demonstrate the economic significance of the creative industries - as well as inform policy-making to strengthen them further. The report finds...

BANKROLLING SOCIAL VENTURES

The Pioneers Post has a new article discussing the report for RBS by social investment and social enterprise commentators Dan Gregory and David Floyd; "Forest for the Trees - UK banks investment in a social purpose" that came out last week. The report finds that, despite...

THOUGHTS ON CHINA’S GREEN BONDS

In a blog post on Climate Bonds, Sean Kidney discusses China's recent issuance of green bonds, as well as other news related to the green bond market. Because of the significant environmental challenges facing the country, local market definitions of 'green' differ somewhat from internally...

IMPACT INVESTING: A HOW-TO

Sherryl Kuhlman, managing director of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, recently spoke with Julia Balandina Jaquier - a veteran impact investor and author of the book Catalyzing Wealth for Change: Guide to Impact Investing. The book offers perspective on how to tackle social responsibility endeavors....

OFFSHORE WIND POWER – EUROPE’S GREEN FUTURE?

The European offshore wind power industry is at a crossroads, according to Matt Timms in an article in EuropeanCEO this week. As costs have fallen and production increased steadily every year, the industry is rapidly expanding. Much of this expansion however, is due to government...

BANK OF CHINA ISSUES GREEN BONDS

Coming on the back of recent years' severe levels of pollution in many major Chinese cities, the Bank of China has issued $3.03bn in new green bonds. It's the largest international issuance of its kind,  and the country's environmental woes has helped drive global sales...

CUTTING EMISSIONS AND BOOSTING PROFITS

In an article in Environmental Finance this week, B. Holt Trasher argues that the next 20 years could see a boom in the forestry sector which increases profitability at the same time as reducing CO2 emissions. According to the author, there's growing recognition of the vital...

THE RISE OF B – CORPORATIONS

The Harvard Business Review features an article this week about the emergence of a new organizational form: the Certified B Corporation. According to the authors, the landscape of American corporations is changing. Corporate governance practices with a narrow focus on maximizing shareholder value are shifting, with...