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Amit Bouri, the CEO of the Global Impact Investing Network, is racing to support efforts by impact investors to raise capital to combat COVID-19 and create a more sustainable future.The virus outbreak has killed over 900,000 people...
In honor of Climate Week NYC 2020 next week, we look at some green entrepreneurs cleaning up the future — including zero-waste communities, vertical farms and beekeepers.  This article is part of the daily...
After six months of living with COVID-19, the world is getting a better sense of what is possible and what isn’t. And we’re learning that “The Great Reset” should be possible if governments and impact investors want...
Day 2 of the GSG Global Impact Summit speakers ran the gamut from actress/social entrepreneur Jessica Alba to former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron. But the message of how to #BuildBackBetter ran through the panels. 
The presidential campaign season kicks off in earnest today, with nearly $500 million in advertising set between now and Election Day. And that’s just from the campaigns. This unusual season is getting all sorts of usually non-political...
Impact investors need to become active in the political process if they want to see positive change, according to Align Impact CEO Jennifer Kenning.The same tools Align Capital uses to vet investment opportunities can be used to...
Tel Aviv has more startups per person than anywhere else in the world except Silicon Valley. What is Israel’s secret to startup success? Author Uri Adoni thinks he knows.  This article is part of...
Israel, a low-power distance culture, has a high concentration of startups. The country’s $1 billion impact investing market is still low on female founders. As resilience becomes a key factor in which startups survive COVID, investing in women will...
N’Gunu Tiny, an impact financier, views the truth as a good investment, especially during the pandemic. Emerald Group, a boutique investment firm, was an early stage investor in the fact- checking company Poligrafo, which has become part of...
Amid all the hoopla about the coming tech IPO blitz, project management tech company Asana plans a direct listing IPO and its co-founders pledge to donate all the proceeds to ‘philanthropic purposes.’  This article...
Though some states wanted to use cannabis legalization to make up for the disproportionate impact the criminalization of marijuana had on communities of color, the startup process remains difficult for Black entrepreneurs to navigate.  
Racial equity in cannabis startups remains low, even in states with the stated goal of “restorative investing” for communities impacted by punitive drug lawsImpact investing with a racial equity lens needs to consider creative solutions to put...
An attorney for McDonald's former chief executive officer Steven Easterbrook pushed back against the fast food company’s lawsuit to clawback his severance payout, following fresh allegations he breached company policy. Investors voted against Easterbrook’s large payout at McDonald’s...
Inspired by the Democratic National Convention’s all-virtual roll call, we shine the spotlight on social enterprises from America’s five smallest states and territories.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get...
Many Black entrepreneurs still lack access to capital and those that managed to launch their own businesses have been disproportionately hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter....
Most college students may be taking classes virtually this semester, but that may not slow down their virtual protests for their institutions’ endowments to divest from fossil fuels.  This article is part of the...
Making buildings more environmentally friendly also makes them more virus-resilient, so why not fight climate change and COVID-19 simultaneously?  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered...
Energy-efficient upgrades to HVAC systems at schools and other critical buildings can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Federal funding and tax incentives to make these building upgrades could catalyze a market already projected for growth. The EU has already...
U.S. investors have turned up the heat on companies with a record number of ESG shareholder resolutions this year and the COVID-19 pandemic may spur even more proposals next year.Sixteen investor petitions concerning ESG matters have gotten...
Want to change a company’s behavior? Prepare to spend as much as a year getting your proposal in order.More shareholders are filing proposals, apparently undeterred by the task’s complexity.U.S. and EU systems vary, with experts seeing complexity...
Sorting through the increasingly crowded podcast field to find some to offer advice and context on impact investing.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to...
African entrepreneurs defy expectations during the pandemic, innovating while experts and assistance providers stay grounded in their home countries This is an opinion piece; the views expressed are the author’s own. You can share...
Big 2Q pushes ESG assets under management over $1 trillion for the first time, but studies show some companies with strong ESG scores did not fare any better in the pandemic than others.  This...
Luxury fashion brands are upcycling and embracing resale to reduce the industry’s massive pollution problem This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to your email free...
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...
Pandemic highlights differences between infection rates among ethnic groups.Medical experts are turning to “precision medicine,” or tailored treatment informed by genomic data.The World Economic Forum unveiled an initiative that aims to boost the use and collection of...
How social enterprises are better connecting people to their communities.  This article is part of the daily Karma newsletter. To get the whole newsletter delivered to your email free every morning, subscribe here.
Ethiopia is building a dam to generate cheap hydroelectric power, frustrating Egypt’s attempt to guarantee its water supply. The prospect of cheap electricity is expected to generate economic development and create business opportunities in Ethiopia and neighboring countries.Access...
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...
Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté was awarded the 2020 Mandela Prize by the U.N. for his work fighting against harmful practices against women.An estimated four million girls worldwide are forced to undergo female genital mutilation each year. It has...