Fran Seegull, executive director of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, has long worked against what she terms the “phantom balance sheet,” which ignores economic, social and environmental value when seeking wealth accumulation at any cost. She speaks in this interview about mainstreaming an impact-investing model, including in pension funds, that … Read More
How we manage money — as consumers, politicians and business leaders — has the ability to greatly affect all the stakeholders in our local and global communities. When money is managed poorly, we see a rise in poverty levels, an increased disparity between the incomes of the rich and the poor, growth in business ventures that harm our environment, and a bevvy of other societal detriments. A segment of businesses and investors — those who are exclusively concerned with rapid financial gains — have certainly handled money in ways that have negatively impacted society in the past. Some continue to do so. But a rise in the popularity of conscientious business, investing and spending is beginning to tell a new story about money. A positive story.
Modern consumers are more interested than ever before in voting with their dollars and understanding the widespread effects of their spending. Through crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, they’re able to fund projects they believe in and watch those projects take shape. And the unprecedented transparency between many companies and consumers via impact reports and some certifications makes purchasing products thoughtfully simpler than in the past.
Conscientious business leaders are taking a stand against unfair employee compensation, increasing internal engagement and helping uplift notoriously underpaid and overworked populations.
Impact investing, the segment of investing dedicated to benefiting society and conscientious companies, is growing and becoming accessible to the masses. Large companies are investing in innovative organizations and programs with the intention of transforming the future. While high-quality investing firms such as Natural Investments LLC appeal to investors with deep pocketbooks, others, such as Aspiration, are appealing to individual investors who are younger and more cautious. With the right information, investors of all sizes have the ability to understand where their dollars are being spent and how.
If it’s true that “money makes the world go ’round,” it’s heartening to see spending and investing trending toward the betterment of society. And more consumers and business leaders are recognizing the value of corporate social responsibility; learn more about its advantages in our free report.
In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Jessie Spector, executive director at Resource Generation. … Read More
In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Kristin Hull, partner & portfolio manager at Green Alpha Advisors and president & co-founder at Nia Global Solutions. … Read More
An Interview With Bain Capital’s Managing Director in Impact Investing Deval Patrick: The Importance of Long-Term Investments and Better Capitalism in Solving Global Problems
Former Governor Deval Patrick, now the head of Bain Capital’s Double Impact Fund, answers questions from Laura D’Andrea Tyson, the director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact at Berkeley-Haas, about the roles of philanthropy, government and business in bringing about a more equitable, sustainable economy. … Read More
As a consultant helping companies become more conscientious, Honeyman isn’t interested in what he sees as the usual “sustainability lite” tactics. Now, he’s working with his firm to put money where his values are by launching a B-Corp only investment fund and accelerator. … Read More
From Colonial Quakers to Silicon Valley billionaires, impact investing has put dollars to use to bring about change via funding social enterprise. Today, investors are doing so in smarter ways than ever. … Read More
Eileen Gordon launched Barnraiser to help people find and fund a more sustainable food system. She believes better food is possible when more farmers and food entrepreneurs have access to the money they need to join and grow the marketplace. … Read More
The city of Detroit is getting back on its feet with the help of impact investors and impact entrepreneurs who are looking to solve problems locally through community investing. … Read More
4 Executives Share Why and How to Invest Money for Good: From Banking to Impact Investing, Keep a Long-Term View
Who has access to impact investing and how can people earning average incomes begin investing for change? These four experts from the financial services industry agree that every action you take with money has impact. … Read More