Maximpact Blog

Investors Assess Their Climate Risks

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Investors are being put on notice that some mutual funds and exchange traded funds labeled “sustainable,” “ecology,” “green” or “integrity” may actually have very high carbon footprints.

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Maximpact Guest Contributors

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Open exchange and cross‐sector collaboration is the key to strengthening the emerging impact and sustainability sectors. Therefore Maximpact is open to guest contributors wishing to submitted compelling, unique bylined articles, news pieces and interviews that they feel our readership would enjoy.

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Green Grow the Climate Awareness Bonds

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The European Investment Bank is the first issuer to link its individual green bonds to the projects they finance for the sake of transparency and accountability ahead of the Paris climate talks.

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Does the Social Investing Sector Need Activist Investors?

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Activist investors are turning the corporate world upside down with aggressive campaigns to change strategy and leadership. At the same time, they’re rewriting the rules of engagement between businesses and those who invest in them, contributing to a more combative climate in the boardroom and beyond. What will this mean for social businesses and the investors who back them?

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Taking an Integrative Approach to Impact Investment

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The G8 Working Group report Allocating for Impact has given our sector the tools to expand into the mainstream, argues Harald Walkate, Head of Responsible Investing for Aegon Asset Management. But it will take active outreach to the individual decision-makers within pension funds, insurance companies, asset management firms and sovereign wealth funds to bring the changes needed for impact to reach its full potential.

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Why corruption is a problem for impact investors—and what we can do about it

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Corruption is a problem for global business—and it’s twice the problem for impact investing because it strikes simultaneously at both of impact’s stated aims: profit and benefit. In this article we look at how corruption hurts the development of new kinds of social investing and show how the impact community can help fight the tide of dirty money and illegal dealing that’s slowing down our progress.

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Equity Crowdfunding: Giving Small Impact Investors Entry to the Marketplace—Finally!

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From the beginning, impact investing has been the realm of the large private investor, mainly foundations, high-net-worth individuals and family offices. Until now, there have been few opportunities for individual investors to get involved. Now that’s changing as equity crowdfunding grows in popularity, finally giving individual investors the chance to put their capital behind impact.

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Convincing Foundations to Take the Impact Investing Plunge

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Impact investing was invented with foundations in mind. But, while governments and mainstream investors are actively getting involved impact, foundations have been slower to wade in, constrained by risk aversion and, in some cases, a misunderstanding of fiduciary responsibilities.. What will it take to encourage these traditionally conservative investors to take the plunge and unleash a wave of capital for social and environmental good?

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