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Putting the ‘S’ in ESG: Measuring Human Rights Performance for Investors

By Casey O’Connor and Sarah Labowitz | Impact Investing, Library

Until recently, sustainable investing was a niche in the broader financial landscape. But today, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors are increasingly important to mainstream investors. Large financial firms like Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs are expanding their ESG product and service offerings. Going forward, women and millennials are…

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Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in Impact Investing

By Gray, Ashburn, Douglas and Jeffers | Impact Investing, Library

Impact investing provides investors opportunities to generate social and environmental value through their investable assets. Over the past decade, limited partners have increased capital allocations to socially driven private equity funds. In turn, these funds have increased investment in mission-driven portfolio companies with the goal of increasing the size of…

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Across the Returns Continuum

By Bannick, Goldman, Kubzansky and Saltuk | Impact Investing, Library

For many years, the field of impact investing played host to great debates that involved seemingly irreconcilable positions: Was it possible to achieve both market-rate financial returns and meaningful social impact? Could philanthropic funding coexist effectively with commercial investment? Now, as the field reaches a new stage of maturity, leading…

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How Investors Can (and Can’t) Create Social Value

By Brest, Gilson and Wolfson | Impact Investing, Library

The vast majority of investors throughout the world have a single goal: to earn the highest financial return. These socially-neutral investors only want to maximize their risk-adjusted returns and would not accept a lower financial return from a socially beneficial investment. An increasing number of socially-motivated investors have other goals…

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Small and Growing Businesses: Investing in the Missing Middle for Poverty Alleviation

By The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs Research Initiative | Economic Development, Library, SME Finance

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is an international network of over 150 organizations that support an important subset of firms in developing countries – Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs), defined as growth-oriented firms employing between 5 and 250 people, and seeking between $20,000 and $2 million in investment…

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Deconstructing Impact Investing

By Paul Brest | Library

Originally published in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2013 There has been an increasing realization that, along with philanthropy and government aid, private enterprise can contribute to solving social and environmental problems. At the same time, a growing number of investors are expressing a desire to “do good while doing…

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Strengthening Health Systems in Developing Countries Through Private Investment

By Calvert Foundation, International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery, CASE, Investors' Circle | Health, Library

This report was produced by the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery, the Duke Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise (CASE), the Calvert Foundation, and Investors’ Circle, with funding from USAID. The report’s authors reviewed ~80 organizations and interviewed ~30 capital providers to understand the landscape of global health…

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Impact Investing: A Primer for Family Offices

By World Economic Forum | Impact Investing, Library

This report, published in December 2014, is the latest in a series of reports the World Economic Forum has produced on impact investing. Its authors are Michael Drexler, Senior Director Head of Investors Industries, and Abigail Noble, Associate Director Head of Impact Investing Initiatives at the WEF.  Impact investing has become…

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