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Oct
14
2014

Clean Tech: A Bright Future Translates into a Compelling Impact Investing Opportunity

While long championed by environmentalists for ethical and moral reasons, and heavily supported in the past by government subsidies for policy reasons, renewable energy appears to have reached a tipping point for purely pragmatic reasons. As costs to install alternative energy generation continue to drop, adopting clean tech makes financial sense."

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Oct
3
2014

Exploring the Values-Aligned Capital Landscape

Demand for values aligned investing – namely investment vehicles reflecting specific environmental or social values – is experiencing unprecedented growth. Investors have moved past negatively screened ESG vehicles and are now demanding a deeper expression of their specific values across their portfolios. There is also a greater emphasis on values expression at the corporate level through shareholder activism, which is changing the landscape of proxy voting....
Oct
1
2014

Celebrating our Recognition by B Corp as "Best for the World" for Worker Impact

As investors taking a holistic approach to total portfolio value alignment, we spend a lot of time evaluating different investment strategies for (what else?) impact. However, we think the relative impact created by the fund manager as a corporate entity is also an important measure of, among other things, authenticity. Our proprietary impact scoring system assesses this impact and incorporates it into our total analysis. Because, really, should you entrust your capital to an impact fund manager who eschews the opportunity to run her business in a way that creates impact?...
Aug
19
2014

Steinem, Woodley, Feminism and Impact: Early Morning Musings On The Evolution Of An Idea

During a recent interview with Time magazine, the actress Shailene Woodley was asked if she considered herself a feminist.

“No,” replied Ms. Woodley, who has safely reached the advanced age of 22 and is therefore uniquely positioned to opine on such matters. “Because I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance.”

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Jun
2
2014

Technology and Microfinance

Microfinance has experienced the highs and lows of public perception over the last twenty years. From Mohammad Yunus' Nobel Peace Prize to the controversy of overly-indebted borrowers, it has been both celebrated as the key to poverty alleviation and condemned as a tool to enforce a global economic hierarchy that keeps poor countries poor. As with most issues, the truth is more nuanced than the headlines would imply....

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