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Marianna Vardinoyannis was awarded the 2020 Mandela Prize by the United Nations. She is being recognized for her humanitarian work, including expanding access to health care for children. Vardinoyannis says the world needs to work together to offer all...
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...
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.
On the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, impact investors are looking at disability inclusion funding as the next frontier.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the...
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky says the travel tech company lost 80% of its business in six weeks as the coronavirus pandemic crushed the travel industry. Chesky outlines how he guided Airbnb’s pandemic response with the company’s core principles,...
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. 
Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the United Nations General Assembly, says cooperation is still the best solution to tackle the pandemic affecting the worldRecently, the U.S. moved to withdraw from the World Health Organization, one of the globe’s...
Tech for good is taking over the robot takeover.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to your email free every morning, subscribe here.
A recent push to broaden workforces focuses on people of color, and may downplay women, older workers and those with disabilities who also bring variety to a company.  Working towards diversity requires being specific about the groups included...
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...
COVID-19 threatens to reverse some of the progress made in fighting HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, speakers said at the 23rd International AIDS Conference. Because of the pandemic, the conference took place online for the first time since it...
Project Sage 3.0 reports that 138 funds have invested $4.8 billion with a gender lens. And women entrepreneurs in the Middle East, Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America are gaining access to capital. We look at a...
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.
Figuring out when tech is “mission-driven” and making life better rather than just easier usually depends on your values. Sometimes, like when Code for America develops systems that help nonviolent juvenile offenders clear their records, it’s clearly...
Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s and House Democrats’ climate crisis plans aim high —  and very wideThe plans call for $6.7 trillion in investments to build a clean energy economyWhile technology exists to achieve the Democrats’ goals, many...
With online learning becoming at least part of education for the foreseeable future, edtech continues to be a growth sector amid the pandemic. Accelerators like LearnLaunch and BoomStartup will certainly be busy.  This article...
The surprise decision to deny and revoke visas for international students at universities not offering in-person classes has drawn a lawsuit from Harvard and MIT and hundreds of professors stepping forward to offer independent study courses to...
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 #StopHateForProfit campaign quickly picked up steam after the boycott began July 1, landing support from Coca-Cola, Unilever, Verizon, Sony, Ford and hundreds of other companies. Suddenly, Facebook execs have agreed to a meeting with boycott organizers...
Code for America, a nonprofit that uses technology to improve people’s access to government services, has helped over 85,000 people in California clear their record of minor drug offenses through its pilot programs. The...
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...
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...
French President Macron pledges $16.9 billion to fight climate change, accepts recommendations of citizens’ assembly. Win by climate change activists signals money will still flow into the sector post-pandemic. European countries, including the U.K. and Ireland, are...
Global impact investing events have rapidly transitioned to virtual ones in response to COVID-19. These events have often been exclusive in an industry that strives to project inclusivity. Transitioning to virtual from in-person events may bring more...
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...
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