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Sep
5
2013

2013 B Corp Best for Workers List

The CAPROCK Group is honored to be featured this week in B Lab's 2013 B Corp Best for Workers List, the third list in the Best for the World Series honoring the 79 businesses who scored in the top 10% of all B Corps for creating the most positive impact for their workers.

We are excited to be included in this list, which spans 39 industries and 6 countries.

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Aug
30
2013

SOCAP – The Impact Investing Mosh Pit

I was musing on the upcoming SOCAP conference last night, a gathering of Impact Investing’s glitterati and an event I have often referred to as “impact’s finest mosh pit”, when it struck me that I should post my thoughts before I attend this year rather than after. This would give me the opportunity to go public with my predictions, and eat crow next weekend as I review just how wrong I was. As Oliver Wendell Holmes (the second-rate poet, not the Supreme Court Justice) once wrote, “Choose your words carefully, for someday you may be forced to eat them.”...
Aug
28
2013

Zero Trade-off ESG Fixed Income? Really?

There has been a flutter of buzz around a fixed income strategy that we co-incubated – a core bond portfolio with an integrated HIP Score. Aside from the predictable constellation of blog posts flowing from the Impact Investing community, a handful of more thoughtful articles have been written. Financial Advisor Magazine’s respected journalist, Jeri Bier, even took the time to interview the key players for her article to ensure accuracy. How… responsible. If you read the article, you’ll hear SNW’s CEO Eddie Bernhardt, HIP’s founder Paul Hermann and your humble scrivener at TCG. Booyah....
May
6
2013

Unburnable Carbon – a test case for ESG outperformance?

Earlier this year, I was invited to Zurich to present our thoughts on integrating ESG metrics through broad portfolio construction. An intimidating prospect, for several reasons:

  • It was Julie Hudson (London-based sustainability analyst at UBS – definitely worth reading her research as she is massively smart and thoughtful, and a promethean figure in the world of institutional ESG investing) who first cracked my mind open regarding sustainability investing at an SRI In The Rockies conference in the early 2000’s. Julie was on the attendee list.
  • The EU mandated ESG screening for all public pension plans around the same time, and Europe-based institutional investors have nearly $7trillion in ESG assets (Pensions and Investments, March 5, 2012). Yes, $7trillion. With a “t”.
  • Credit Suisse’s private wealth division has invested on behalf of its clients over $1billion invested in microfinance alone.
  • Several of the transformative institutions that occupy the periphery of impact conversations in the US are based in Europe: Triodos, Euclid, SOS, Le Comptoir de l’Innovation, EMI, etc. etc.

What could I possibly add to the conversation? I was here to learn, and as my grandmother always said, it’s hard to use your ears when your mouth is open.

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Apr
23
2013

The View From Paris

Typically, impact investing meetings are stuffed with two groups of people: those with money (investors) and those seeking it (fund managers and entrepreneurs). The division is clear, and the rules of the game even clearer: the latter panders to the former, while the former tries not to lord it over the latter with too much pleasure. More to the point, expectations are aligned. Everyone in the room knows why they are there. Conversations tend to be quite focused and primarily business-oriented (with the occasional shout of “Let’s go save the world!” emerging from small groups of impassioned entrepreneurs)....

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