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Medical-cost-watchdog organization put out pricing models for potential COVID-19 treatments amid growing controversy about how the U.S. should price vaccines or drugs aimed at curbing the pandemic.Advocacy groups have criticized Gilead Sciences Inc. for what they say...
The Refugee Investment Network sees a link between the resiliency required to start a business and the resiliency required to flee a lifelong home and resettle in a new country. In 2019, there were more than 70...
Refugee entrepreneurs may not be eligible for government-backed business supports. The Refugee Investment Network has spent the last year connecting these entrepreneurs with capital, pointing to the resiliency required by resettlement and launching a business. As 1% of the...
Equity crowdfunding’s expansion yields dozens of sites where entrepreneurs can sell securities in their pre-seed or seed-stage companies to retail investors, sometimes for as little as $100 per share.   This article is part...
Activist investors say the Securities and Exchange Commission’s latest guidance directing companies to disclose COVID-19 related risks and employee protection plans is inadequate.  Oxfam America and others say companies should be required to provide...
New Jersey expects an offshore wind port in Salem County will help the surrounding region rebound from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.The facility has the potential to become a major hub for staging, assembly, and...
Capital invested in impact collapsed in the second quarter, falling to $389.8 million from $2.1 billion in last year’s second quarter, according to PitchBook data. Coronavirus slows social-impact dealmaking, while social unrest shifts emphasis in ESG investing. Social-impact investing...
We have corona-bonds, virus-control bonds, impact bonds, green bonds and, now, “transition” bonds. Have we reached “peak bond”? This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to...
Faith Birol, the executive director for the International Energy Agency, said Africa needs to find ways to battle the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to extend access to energy to its population.  About 600 million...
Impact investing is a truly global sector, with regional variances in ecosystems, regulations, and community needs, so it does make sense for events to reflect that geographic diversity. But what about during the pandemic?
The economic rollercoaster ride is clearly not over, especially as some states pause or rollback their reopening plans. But the economic data from 2Q of 2020, parsed in countless ways, will offer some guidance on how long...
COVID-19 pandemic is leading to increased flow into social and sustainability-linked bonds, according to 280 CapMarkets’ Jennifer Tonda. ESG bonds allow fixed-income investors to have a measurable impact on environmental and social issues. Green, social and sustainability bond issuance...
Sir Ronald Cohen says investors should push companies to account for the effects of their businesses on the environment and society. GSG chairman links recent social unrest to a financial system that is delivering profits but is failing...
Micro-mobility services in India expected to benefit in post-pandemic world.  Investors have poured more than $9 billion into micro-mobility companies worldwide this year. Commuters worldwide may be hesitant to return to taking buses and trains to the office, creating...
Jeff Ubben is leaving his $16 billion hedge fund ValueAct Capital to launch a first-of-its-kind impact hedge fund: Inclusive Capital Partners, which he will lead along with Coalition for...
Mastercard Foundation is aiding the medical effort against COVID-19 in Africa and elsewhere, while supporting entrepreneurs that have been hammered by the lockdowns during the pandemic.The foundation, started in 2006 with a gift of shares from MasterCard...
New guides attempt to present the nuts-and-bolts of impact investing. Impact investing tightens the link between Wall Street and Main Street. Since 2012, sustainable and responsible investing has grown by more than 300 percent to $12 trillion...
Cliff Prior, the new CEO for the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, wants to defeat COVID-19 and create a more equitable future global economy. Prior aims to make investors more aware of social bonds as a...
Sustainable investing must be nurtured by individual companies that promote and live green and carbon-decreasing solutions, experts say. Estimated net flows for 314 open-end and exchange-traded sustainable funds for U.S. investors reached $10.5 billion in Q1 2020,...
U.S. solar sector, which slowed after a record-breaking first quarter, is expected to soon rebound. COVID-19 decreased demand, delayed projects, and caused job losses, manufacturing stoppages and financing difficulties. Solar panel installations are expected to grow as...
The International Energy Agency unveiled a pandemic recovery plan to stimulate the economy, create jobs and a sustainable energy sector. The plan urges policymakers to facilitate a $1 trillion annual investment into the energy sector for the...
Participants in a virtual conference held by the Principles for Responsible Investment and others urged the world to use an estimated $20 trillion in COVID-19 relief funds to fight climate change and create new jobs in an...
Major automakers are behind schedule in meeting goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Norway provides incentives to its citizens so they can buy an electric vehicle for less than an internal combustion engine vehicle. Within the decade,...
The online bank is boosting partnerships with job platforms and putting an emphasis on processing customers’ relief fundsVaro Money expects approval to become the first national online bank this summer.The mobile bank’s backers include The Rise Fund,...
The MacArthur Foundation and four other major foundations have committed to increasing their payouts to the nonprofit sector by more than $1.7 billion, through the first philanthropic social bond issuance. The organizations hope to boost the U.S. economy...
Change Finance, an exchange traded fund issuer, is calling on its portfolio companies to divulge pay-equity data following social justice protests in the U.S. The company is part of a trillion-dollar movement of financial stakeholders looking to promote...
White people involved in racially charged incidents highlight financial industry biases Investing with minority managers builds disadvantaged communities by helping close the wealth gap, Beeck Center’s Erika Davies says The persistent anti-Black bias in hiring asset managers will continue...
Global Impact Investing Network survey shows the impact investment market reached $715 billion last year. Sector is poised for growth driven by increasing interest from for-profit and philanthropic impact investors, despite the pandemic. Investors looking at impact investing due...
George Floyd's death while being arrested by Minneapolis police sparked a range of reactions from peaceful protests to property destruction, from individual soul-searching to countless discussions about racial inequality around the world — including among the impact...
Avocado Green Mattress is tapping into rising consumer demand for organic and sustainably sourced products for babies and their Millennial parents. Company manufactures baby and adult-size mattresses that contain certified organic components and excludes what the company says...
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