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PayGo Is Emerging as a New Payments Solution for Off-Grid

PayGo is emerging as a way for emerging off-grid renewable energy operators to fuel their operations, and expansion, to address the needs of low-income households who remain disconnected from electricity. The solution is being run in partnership with Mastercard Foundation.

Insurer Swiss Re Switches to ESG Benchmarks

Insurance giant Swiss Re is switching the entire $130 billion it holds in liquid assets to index against ESG benchmarks, in a huge move towards principled investments that is certain to sway its industry.

Hippo Roller Modernizes Carrying Water in Developing Countries

The Hippo Roller is a simple innovation that saves women in developing countries from having to break their necks and bodies just to carry water.

New Mars Farmer Income Lab Aims to Address Farmer Poverty

Candy maker Mars is launching Farmer Income Lab to help address the poverty and needs of smallholder farmers, whose output is also critical to the confectionery company's supply chain.

Calvert Closes $5M with South Africa Taxi

Impact investor Calvert Foundation announced a $5 million investment in SA Taxis in a bid to help make public transportation in South Africa more sustainable, and safer.

Shared Gifting: Shifting Funding Power to Nonprofits (Blog)

August 22, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

When nonprofits dole out grant money to peers, the result is a transformative experience that fosters innovation, collaboration, and learning. ... read more

Hiring Incentives Won’t Solve America’s Talent Problem (Blog)

August 21, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

Policymakers need new interventions to help companies change the way they source talent. ... read more

Putting Community First (Blog)

August 17, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

Community foundations should reaffirm their unique role in the philanthropic landscape and focus on the needs of their geographic community. ... read more

Millennials are driving a $9 trillion change in investing

Source: On Impact

businessinsider.com - A fan crowd-surfs at the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park in Chicago. Reuters/Jim Young Millennials aren't just eating avocado toast and snapchatting; they're also driving the growth of a $9… ... read more

Swiss Re is moving its €130 billion portfolio into ethical investments

Source: On Impact

weforum.org - One of Europe’s biggest insurers is shifting its investments towards socially responsible companies. Swiss Re, a strategic partner of the World Economic Forum, is moving its €130 billion investment p… ... read more

The Next 25 Years – Big Picture Thinking by Amy Domini, CFA

Source: On Impact

3blmedia.com - New article by SRI pioneer Amy Domini, founder, Domini Impact Investments Responsible investing momentum is strong. For me, and for many of my generation, the future is clear: we are well on our way … ... read more

How Your Business Can Help End the Global Water and Sanitation Crisis: Highlights from a New Report

August 22, 2017 |Source: NextBillion

Editor’s note: Throughout 2017, NextBillion is organizing content around a monthly theme, dedicating special attention to a specific sector alongside our broader coverage. This post is part of our focus on water, sanitation and hygiene for the month of August. No one need explain the true value of water to 54-year-old Elizabeth and her family in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. She spends more than […] ... read more

Control vs Ease of Use: Low Income Customers Weigh In on Financial Services

August 21, 2017 |Source: NextBillion

Twenty-first century financial tools share a preference for automated functioning. This is evident in everything from bill pay to round-up savings plans. New tools use automatic features to make life easier for consumers. But evidence shows that this increasingly does not work for everyone. Low-income consumers and those with uneven cash flow are hesitant to […] ... read more

‘Internet Access is Like Oxygen’: Converging Connectivity and Energy Access

August 18, 2017 |Source: NextBillion

I recently returned from a business trip that took me to the foothills of the Himalayas, where I met Tenzingompo, a Tibetan man who is helping deploy an internet access project in central India. Tenzingompo, who leads network deployments for a company called AirJaldi, made a memorable remark about the process of bringing connectivity to […] ... read more

Tributes pour in for Marshallese ‘climate hero’ Tony de Brum

August 22, 2017 |Source: Climate Home – climate change news

Friends and colleagues remember Tony de Brum as a fighter for nuclear justice and a safe climate future, after his death in Majuro aged 72 The post Tributes pour in for Marshallese ‘climate hero’ Tony de Brum appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

Obituary: Tony de Brum, Marshallese climate and anti-nuclear crusader

August 22, 2017 |Source: Climate Home – climate change news

De Brum, who witnessed the destructive power of nuclear weapons as a child, won justice for his tiny country against formidable economic and political odds The post Obituary: Tony de Brum, Marshallese climate and anti-nuclear crusader appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

Island states need better data to manage climate losses

August 21, 2017 |Source: Climate Home – climate change news

In the Caribbean and Pacific, islanders are already hit by climate change, but lack tools to measure the damages for leverage in international negotiations The post Island states need better data to manage climate losses appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

A portrait of family migration

August 1, 2017 |Source: OECD Insights Blog

Jonathan Chaloff and Friedrich Poeschel, OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Migration is all over the news in Europe, North America and Australia. When people think about migration, they tend to picture either refugees driven to undertake dangerous journeys in order to escape threatening situations or people coming to a new country to […] ... read more

Beyond the numbers: The qualitative research behind our reports

July 20, 2017 |Source: OECD Insights Blog

Tamara Krawchenko, Regional Development Policy Division, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Local Development and Tourism The OECD is known for data and numbers. Indeed, providing high quality comparative indicators for better policy making is our bread and butter. But, what is less known is the extent to which we are a “listening” organisation, and how this […] ... read more

When The Searing Truth Comes Into Focus

August 22, 2017 |Source: Social Velocity

It has been a really difficult couple of weeks. And I think for those of us in the social change sector — the sector that works for equity, justice, compassion, inclusion, civility — these days have been particularly challenging. The events in Charlottesville have made obvious that there is so much work to do, and […] ... read more

10 Great Social Innovation Reads: June & July 2017

August 1, 2017 |Source: Social Velocity

Since I was on vacation (and off social media) for a chunk of June, I decided to combine the June and July 10 Great Reads lists into one. But that proved to be a tricky feat, since there was no shortage of activity in the world of social change during those two months. From the […] ... read more

3 Questions To Regularly Ask Your Development Director

July 27, 2017 |Source: Social Velocity

Beyond the mistakes nonprofit leaders often make in staffing their fundraising function, the relationship itself between a nonprofit executive director and the development director (or whatever you call the staff person in charge of bringing money in the door) can often be fraught. In an ideal world, the executive director and development director have a symbiotic […] ... read more

How much do IR teams target ESG investors?

August 20, 2017 |Source: Articles for topic 'Sustainability' on IR Magazine

Most companies don’t specifically target ESG investors, according to new research Despite the growing pile of assets invested with ESG criteria in mind, few IR teams are actively targeting ESG-focused funds, according to a forthcoming research report from IR Magazine. The report, based on a survey of more than 350 IR professionals, finds that globally just over a fifth (21 percent) of respondents say they target ESG investors. European IROs are twice as likely as North American ones to say ... read more

Former IR Magazine Award winner in sustainability index first

August 9, 2017 |Source: Articles for topic 'Sustainability' on IR Magazine

DBS becomes first Singapore bank to join global sustainability index DBS Group, a former winner of the IR Magazine Award for best sustainability practice, has been named the first Singapore bank to join a global sustainability index, 18 months after taking home the gong at the IR Magazine Awards – South East Asia 2015.The banking group has been added to the FTSE4Good Global Index, and has been named the top index constituent in the FTSE4Good ASEAN 5 Index. The first bank from the city-stat ... read more

Best ESG communications: Why PKN Orlen won

July 17, 2017 |Source: Articles for topic 'Sustainability' on IR Magazine

Polish oil company met challenge of integrated reporting with touch of finesse, says awards judge With investors upping their focus on ESG issues, companies are rethinking their communications approach to better explain the links between financial and non-financial performance.  For those looking for inspiration, a good place to start is the integrated annual report from Polish oil major PKN Orlen: the company won best ESG communications at the IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2017. ... read more


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Selected Events

GSG Impact Summit
July 10-11, 2017
Chicago, US
Organizer: GSG Impact
Crowd Invest Summit 2017
September 6-7, 2017
Los Angeles, CA USA
Organizer: CIS LLC
SOCAP 2017
October 10, 2017
San Francisco, CA USA
Organizer: SOCAP
The Oxford Social Finance Programme
November 6, 2017
Oxford, UK
Organizer: University of Oxford Saïd Business School
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