Toniic released its T100 Report: Insights from Impact Advisors and Consultants 2017. The T100 Project is a multi-year study of the portfolios of over 50 Toniic 100% Impact Network members. It reveals new insights about the various paths towards and feasibility of 100% impact investing.
The Angel Resource Institute recently released its 2016 Halo Report, which ranked Investors’ Circle already the largest early-stage impact investing network as the third most active angel group in the country.
When it comes to learnings towards ethical consumption, our young people are miles ahead of us. A recent study finds that not only are young people often more conscious consumers than their parents, they are much more aware of global issues than some adults give them credit for.
Concurrent with the trend of spending more on a cup of coffee is the Fair Trade coffee trend. Caffeine lovers are increasingly concerned with how their spent dollars affect people at all levels of the supply chain. Globalization of the coffee market put farmers in coffee-exporting countries at risk of unfair compensation. As a result, Fair Trade certifications, which aim to ensure ethical compensation of agricultural workers, have been on the rise.
Melinda Gates says America's workaholic culture is one of the main obstructions to diversity, causing women and minorities to lean out. This workaholic culture is particularly harmful to women Gates writes because women are still being told by society that home care and child care is up to them as well. The result is a work ethic that hurts everyone.
According to the Todd Carmichael, successful businesses evolve. They continually ask themselves what adjustments can be made to reach specific goals. Rather than laying the burden of the business on the shoulder of predatory pay they make model adjustments and continue to put the employee at the center of the company. In exchange they earn employee loyalty and a happier company which creates a better customer experience better products better culture and brand.
The solar panel installation and education company is being honored for its mission of sustainability, its workforce development programs for disadvantaged youth and its contribution of jobs to the Philadelphia region.
By inserting philanthropy into the very DNA of a startup, entrepreneurs make community engagement an organic part of the organization. This simple step enhances recruitment, productivity, sales and ultimately the bottom line.
But where to begin? Here, we talked to ethical-labor watchdogs about what matters to them, gathered tips and tricks for how to shop more sustainably in your everyday life, and even picked out a few Project Just-vetted brands to help you get started.
The Calvert Foundation is best known for its Community Investment Note, a workhorse fixed-income product that in the last two decades has raised more than $1.4 billion for community development renewable energy sustainable agriculture and more. Now the financial services firm is adding a new line of business Capital Aggregation to syndicate fixed-income opportunities to institutional and accredited investors.
LISC recently became the first-ever CDFI to make an S&P-rated bond offering—$100 million worth—to help bring capital to low-income communities. It completely sold out and was, in fact oversubscribed. Now a second CDFI The Reinvestment Fund has offered $50 million worth of bonds of their own. In an article for ImpactAlpha Oscar Perry Abello examines how the brave new world of private-capital bonds could change financing for projects in underinvested places.
When Jeffrey Brown looks to promote employees within his 13-store supermarket chain, he looks for people with hustle ability commitment all that. There’s another unlikely attribute that has turned out to be a predictor of success at Brown’s ShopRite and Fresh Grocer stores. Drug dealing.
Brian Linton started the outdoor clothing company United By Blue first and foremost because he wanted to create a business that would have a meaningful impact on the “blue parts” of the planet. For every product sold, the company removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through company- organized and hosted cleanups. UBB’s clothing is now sold in 500 retail stores globally and the cleanups have removed nearly a million pounds of trash from oceans and waterways across 27 US states and Canada.
Reflecting on his brief time as the Executive Director of the GreenLight Philadelphia, Omar Woodard sees three ways local foundations can refocus energies and activities to accelerate social innovation when it comes to poverty.
The SBA recently announced a new initiative with Global Impact Investing Rating System>, an innovative rating system that evaluates the operational and business model impact of private funds and companies. Under the terms of the understanding OII will use GIIRS ratings as one factor to rate and authenticate the influx of Impact Small Business Investment Companies it will review and license in fiscal year 2017.
Each new year, we are filled with possibility. Some make resolutions, some set major goals, and some are just excited to return to the campus routine once more. As we begin what is sure to be a busy spring semester, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the events, stories, and milestones that helped expand Wharton’s social impact mission in 2016.
In a world beset with social, political and economic problems it is easy to focus on the negative aspects of global development. This book is a three year landmark project of Halloran Philanthropies which tells the impressive story of the journey of human wellbeing throughout the world primarily from 1980 to 2014.
"When the marketing team suggested that Cabot become a certified B Corporation, I was skeptical. Didn’t we already “self-monitor” our sustainability initiatives? Why did we need an outside certification? But when I learned that our retail partners had recently started asking about the impact of our sustainability programs, I agreed that Cabot would undergo the rigorous B Corp certification process to provide an objective measure.”