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Americans benefit from receiving a larger portion of the over $1.2 trillion kept by charitable foundations to offset the economic pain brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, says a nonprofit organization.Institute for Policy Studies is part of...
Investors seek to eject McDonald’s board members over their approval of what stakeholders say is an excessive pay package to a former CEO, accused of violating company policy.The fight over executive pay comes at a time when...
RBC Global Asset Management got $7.5 million from a California-based pension fund in early May to deploy in its flagship impact investing initiative, says the firm. RBC GAM says its impact investment project has...
Sustainable funds have performed better than their peers this year as COVID-19 upended markets. Sustainable funds are underweight energy, overweight technology and companies that take ESG criteria into consideration tend to be more resilient, according to Morningstar.U.S. sustainable...
Three networks have formed to coordinate responses to the pandemic from impact investorsCoordinating to share vital information and best practices helps the response on the ground and strengthens the sector’s post-COVID futureCreating better and tighter feedback loops...
A $3 trillion pandemic relief bill throws a financial lifeline to the cannabis sector amid the economic downturn.Impact investors view cannabis as a viable asset class because of its medicinal and climate-change-fighting propertiesThe U.S. cannabis market could...
New technology permits shrimp farms in South Dakota and Minnesota to supply restaurants and stores throughout the Midwest.Aquaculture, especially shrimp farming, has fouled waters and wrecked habitats around the world, despite efforts by a handful of companies...
The International Energy Agency eased its grim demand projections amid a gradual reopening of some economies.The oil market may be stabilizing as oil producers, including the U.S. cut back on their crude output. Global crude supply is set...
Startups led by women attract more venture capital, but gap remains wideOpportunities for non-technical female entrepreneurs are growing, Partech says  While the overall number of female-led startups getting cash increased, the percentage of dollars invested remains stagnant
U.S. workers received a 5.6% bump in earnings from March to April, driven by low-wage job losses.The increase in earnings is due to the economy shedding mostly low- income jobs, which shifted the average earnings higher and...
As the economy gears up, some will remain working from home. Teleworking is a strategic business initiative and could help fight climate change, experts say. Now that telecommuting has been embraced, it’s here to stay. With...
Impact investors are concerned about the U.S. economy shedding jobs for young workers amid grim reports of the worst job losses since the Great Depression. Investors with a focus on ESG matters are especially...
Blockchain technology can help further sustainability issuesThe inexpensive technology offers a network that provides secure information instantly availableThe low adoption rate of blockchain technology has to do with a digital divide in the world where only some...
Ocean Spray’s cranberry farmers have gone through an extensive auditing process to verify their efforts to grow crops in a sustainable way, says the company.The verification process enables farmers to put in place new solutions to drive...
The pandemic will accelerate an emphasis on social impact investing, Partech’s Lavault saysPost-pandemic funds being announced are focusing on areas that align with ESG principlesImpact investing may become the norm after people in lockdown have time to...
Asset managers are pumping out ESG-related information that is not focused on what investors want to see, says a communications company. A search engine and social media survey shows investors are looking for issues...
India’s massive informal sector has had no protection as the country’s economy has been nearly paralyzed by the lockdown imposed to ease the COVID-19 outbreak.Agriculture and healthcare are sectors that impact investors might want to explore in...
A consumer group calls on pharmaceutical companies to freeze drug prices during the COVID-19 pandemic and says the U.S. government should regulate medicine cost increases.The U.S. pharmaceutical industry has increased prices for existing drugs on a yearly...
As retailers, restaurants and corporations around the world return to the work, they’ll be managing ESG risk in new ways — with an emphasis on the S, or social factorsThe potential liability from COVID-19 may leave companies...
Fintech is enabling mutual aid at a new and exciting scaleFintech for financial inclusion is uniquely positioned to help connect SMEs to needed resourcesPopulism is deepening connections between local networks amid rising distrust of institutions
White House effort to open meat plants cheered markets, while others worried about worker healthU.K.’s FAIRR, unions, see missed chance to tackle problems in industryMeat packing industry hit hard by pandemic, with plant closures and thousands of...
Vertical farming is booming as COVID-19 bolsters demand for locally-grown greens.Impact investors might find the sector appealing because the farms offer organic vegetables and fruit while using less water and land than conventional agriculture.There is a growing...
Concerned investors have contacted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, ahead of a proposed rule change that could make it difficult for stakeholders to influence corporate behavior.The proposed SEC rule change could make it difficult for less-wealthy...
Impact investors with liquidity may want to hold onto cash while at the same time waiting for long-term investments to play out.Hoarding cash will give impact investors the option to pounce on new opportunities and ventures that...
Texas has bought medical technology from companies, including PerkinElmer, to help boost its COVID-19 testing capacity. PerkinElmer is a medical equipment company with a focus on social and environmental impact.Texas is one of several states that is slowly...
The number of top employers in the US that have cut executive pay has more than quadrupled in the last month.Impact investors and shareholder pressure are driving the trend, with companies recognizing the need to demonstrate a...
Many companies are paying greater attention to employee welfare as COVID-19 has underlined the importance of environmental, social and governance factors.Before the coronavirus outbreak, the dangers posed by climate change had led to an upsurge of interest...
Early funding needed to advance drugs for fighting COVID-19Impact investors stepping up to fund research for COVID-19 treatmentsBillions of dollars are pouring into research at government health institutes, universities and private companies to jump-start drugs that can...
Investments aimed at scaling-up COVID-19 testing are growing but can be difficult to access. Testing and isolating people who may be infected with COVID-19 is key to reopening the global economy.
China was hurt by pandemic but India is unlikely to benefit.India’s poor response to the pandemic provides little incentive for investorsIndia’s economy is expected to outpace China’s larger one this year but slip behind again in 2021.
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