July 2017

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Why Impact Investing Needs to Go Mainstream, Podcast recommendation

For anyone looking for an interesting podcast for vacation listening (or the commute to work) the latest Wharton Social Impact Initiative Podcast is recommended. In it, Impact Investment Exchange founder, Durreen Shahnaz, discusses impact investing. Durreen Shahnaz started her career with Morgan Stanley in 1989...

Impact Reporting in the Green Bond Market, Climate Bond Initiative Study

The Climate Bond Initiative recently launched a study entitled Post-Issuance Use of Proceeds – Trends and Best Practice. The report is Climate Bonds Initiative’s first detailed study of current practice around post-issuance reporting of green funding and monitoring of green bond allocation. The Post-Issuance Use...

EU to consider labels for green finance products

In a push to foster sustainable markets and instill trust in investors, the European Commission has discussed plans to introduce labels for clearer classification of green financial products. In order to achieve the ambitious climate goals set at the Paris Agreement, the European Commission predicts that...

Green Finance Progress Report Published by UNEP

UN Environment published their Green Finance Progress Report last week showing the development of new financial products and encouraging policies to bridge the funding gap in sustainable investment. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN agency, said: “The world has committed to creating a better future...

Green finance group call on EU to stop funding fossil fuels

13 July, the EU’s high-level group on sustainable finance published its interim report  prompting the European Union to stop all public funding for fossil fuel industries such as coal, oil and gas. The upcoming revision of the EU’s multi-annual budget is “a significant opportunity” to increase investments in clean...

America’s Pledge, US Corporations and States Uphold Paris Accord

On July 12, California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg launched America’s Pledge on climate change, a new initiative to compile and quantify the actions of states, cities and businesses in the United States to drive down their greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of...

Finance Matters Interviews Nathan Elstub, CIO at Nesta

Bio Base: London, UK Position: Chief Investment Officer, Nesta Impact Investments Tenure in current role: 2 years By: Clare McCartney Nathan, can you tell us a bit about your story and how you arrived at Nesta? I started off life as an engineer but always had a keen interest in business...