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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...
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,...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
Millennials, now living through their second recession, believe in building back better — not ’bootstraps’Millennials want their investments to align with their valuesGen Z is taking a more explicitly activist approach with their money, so calls for...
Airlines start reporting second-quarter earnings this week and we will get a look at just how bad things are for the industry, crippled by the pandemic and the struggling economy, and a sense of whether they are...
The H-1B visa ban may U.S. tech its top spot in the worldH-1B workers in U.S. may feel compelled to go back to home countries, making those places more competitiveIndia, the No. 1 origination country of H-1B...
Major oil and gas companies have yet to disclose how they plan to spend $2 billion the industry received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has asked firms to disclose their plans...
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...
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