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Luxury fashion brands say they are fighting waste through partnerships with online consignors and starting in-house resale shopsBy adopting the circular economy model, fashion can cut its massive carbon footprint and create loyal customersThe pandemic has led to a huge spike...
TRIG’s portfolio of renewable energy assets has allowed it to pull through the first-half of 2020 with minimal pain when the value of conventional energy plunged.The company owns wind, solar, and battery storage sites in the U.K.,...
This week’s high-level U.S.-China trade talks, ready to gauge progress of the $200 billion trade deal, come during a period of increasing tension between the economic superpowers and threats of bans against TikTok and WeChat. 
Some asset managers like Vanguard say an SEC guidance regarding proxy advisor firms won't affect their business. SEC guidance asks asset managers to disclose to investor clients how they consider views from proxy advisor firms. SEC has said it...
SolarX, a West African renewable energy equipment provider, raised its first round of capital this year. About 57% of the continent’s population does not have access to reliable electricity, which creates obstacles for everyday life and commercial business activities. The...
Now that ESG investments are outperforming traditional ones, it would seem hard to argue that ESG investing would go against fiduciary duty. Alas, it’s 2020. The Department of Labor proposes limiting ESG investing in pension funds.
In his new book, “Impact,” Sir Ronald Cohen writes about how to bring stakeholder capitalism into the mainstream.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to...
Sir Ronald Cohen says in his new book that measurement separates impact investing from ESGHis long career pioneering the impact sector underscores his beliefsMeasuring impact will be a key differentiating factor as companies consider whether embracing ESG...
This week, the U.S. Senate will begin debate on a fifth stimulus bill in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Will Congress be able to compromise to stave off what some analysts say would be permanent damage...
HSBC launched an ESG reporting service for clients.Move comes as financial institutions are offering more ESG-related products to cater to growing interest from investors.COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of assessing risk for nonfinancial factors, says a...
Catalytic capital is a cost curve bender in impact investing.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to your email free every morning, subscribe here.
Actis is finding profits developing a green shopping mall and bringing power to millions in Cameroon, something it’s repeating throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America.Actis has invested in renewable energy projects — in countries including Mexico, India,...
The creative economy and its local flavor is the next frontier for impact investors.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to your email free every...
Impact investors, increasingly interested in the creative economy, are convening a community to identify new investment vehicles for $1 billion. With COVID-19 keeping everything local, impact investors see a new link between the creative economy and economic development. The...
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai will all testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee and its Antitrust Subcommittee as questions about their business practices take center stage. 
Closed Loop gets vote of confidence from Fortune 500 consumer brand backers, as they opt to keep capital in a pool available to fund recycling technology. Backers including Pepsi and J&J recently extended initial five-year commitment after approving...
Investors are “disappointed” in a proposed rule change by the SEC that allows most hedge funds to keep some equity holdings secret, blocking efforts by ESG activists seeking to identify major stakeholders and influence companies.Under the proposal,...
Financial institutions are pitching their eco-credentials as the coronavirus subsides. Clean energy commitments will matter most. This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to your email...
Upward Farms, an indoor agriculture company, raised $15 million to boost its operations. Vertical farming companies are booming amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which has increased demand for locally grown greens. The company aims to increase the diversity of bacteria...
Lab-produced food sales gain as health and sustainability concerns grow.Perfect Day, which produces dairylike products in a lab, recently raised $300 million in funding.Lab-grown meat, for example, could reduce the use of energy by as much as...
As disagreement continues over how to measure impact investing, the Tipping Point Fund on Impact Investing is issuing grants to come up with the right mix of policy proposals. This article is part of...
Recovery from COVID-19 focusing on positive environmental changes would create $10.1 trillion in business opportunities, World Economic Forum says. Transition would require $2.7 trillion in annual investment through 2030, improving current businesses and creating new ones. Pandemic presented the...
Congress returns after a two-week recess to hash out plans for another coronavirus relief program, with additional pressure for action coming from the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. However, Republicans and Democrats are far apart...
While the U.K. moves to ask retirement funds to disclose their portfolios’ carbon footprint, U.S. authorities may limit pension plan managers’ ability to factor in environmental, sustainability and governance issues in their investment decisions.
Google will invest $10 billion in India’s tech sector, with nearly half going to telecoms giant Jio Platforms. Google joins a growing list of American technology companies and other investors backing projects in India. India will need to attract...
As OPEC and external allies such as Russia move to ease steep cuts in production on the back of expectations of a fragile recovery in demand, the pace of investments into renewable energy is expected to continue,...
When BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, says it will “punish” companies for their “climate inaction,” what does it mean? Maybe the other 244 companies on its “watch” list will react differently when they find out.
Bridge loans from the Open Road Alliance have offered a lifeline to social enterprises and nonprofits hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.During economic crises, many lenders and investors cut back on funding projects, bolstering the need for bridge...
Royal Bank of Canada Global Asset Management is working on future proofing its portfolio of over $300 billion to protect its assets from the impact of climate change. IPCC, a United Nations body that...
Millennials still haven’t quite recovered from the 2008-2009 financial crisis, so weathering the recession created by the coronavirus pandemic is even tougher because they are so ultra-conservative financially. A study shows 43% have never even made an...
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