From “To B or Not To B”

1. A “B Corporation” is Not a New Corporate Form
A “B Corporation” or “B Corp” is a certification mark – like a “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval or “LEED” certification.  B Labs has done a very good job of creating a framework for companies to evaluate their business and operations on ESG factors and to then receive a score or ranking. 


September 27, 2016Corporate Form, Deal Structures

From “To B or Not To B”

1. A “B Corporation” is Not a New Corporate Form A “B Corporation” or “B Corp” is a certification mark – like a “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval or “LEED” certification.  B Labs has done a very good job of creating a framework for companies to evaluate their business and operations on ESG factors and to then receive a score or ranking.  ...›

August 19, 2019Funding/Financing, Measuring, Reporting

Impact Links: ESG Ratings; P&G Interviews; Stanford Study Shows Racial Bias in VC; Helsinki Sustainability App; World’s Most Sustainable Industrial Building; IPCC Climate Change Report; Climate Change and the Corporate World

How can you tell if your investment is really responsible? The Washington Post provides an overview of ESG ratings. Procter & Gamble’s chief sustainability officer explains how she is making sustainability “irresistible” in a new piece in Forbes. A new study led by a Stanford psychologist and Illumen Capital found that venture capital funds led ...›

August 2, 2019Funding/Financing, Measuring, Reporting

Impact Links: Morgan Stanley Impact Quotient; Shroders acquires BlueOrchard; Morning Star sustainable fund data; Africa lags in SDGs progress; Forest Sector Roadmap; Climate change and the global economy; Sea rise threatens 800,000 U.S. homes.

Morgan Stanley announced a new tool to help financial advisors and their clients’ measure sustainable investment performance, allowing the prioritization of selected environmental, social and governance interests and alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Schroders expanded its impact investing strategy through its acquisition of a majority stake in Swiss impact investor BlueOrchard. New ...›

July 29, 2019Funding/Financing, Measuring, Reporting

Impact Links: EY Proxy Season Review Report; Rhino Impact Bonds; UN SDGs; Climate Emergency Fund; Moody’s Buys Climate Data Firm

The EY Center for Board Matters’ 2019 Proxy Season Review report revealed gender diversity and sustainability were among the main governance concerns. The $50 million Rhino Impact Bonds (RIB), the first financial instrument working toward the conservation of a species at risk of extinction, will launch in 2020. Unless progress is accelerated, Asia and the ...›

July 18, 2019Funding/Financing, Measuring, Reporting

Impact Links: Congress Rejects ESG Reporting Proposal; R-factor as an ESG Reporting Solution; NFL Player’s $200m Opportunity Zone Fund; KLM’s and Zara’s Sustainability Plans; Seafood Farm Sustainability; Impact Investment Through Biomimicry

U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to align ESG reporting requirements with the more rigorous standards applied in Europe. Bob Eccles discusses the “R-Factor” as a possible market-based solution for ESG reporting standards. An NFL player retired at age 30 and launched a $200 million Opportunity Zone fund. A seafood company in Vietnam hopes to scale ...›

July 3, 2019Reporting, Resources

Impact Links: Best Books for Social Entrepreneurs; The Promise of Impact Investing in India; NY’s Climate Action Plan; Consumers Prefer Sustainable Products; Food-System Finance; Britain Requires Climate Change Disclosures by 2022

What new challenges lie ahead for impact investing? Antony Bugg-Levine of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and Durreen Shahna of the Impact Investment Exchange discuss them on the Knowledge@Wharton podcast. Forbes recently published its “Best Books for Social Entrepreneurs” list. A recent study by NYU Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business revealed that consumer demand for sustainable ...›

June 24, 2019Resources

Todd Boudreau to Speak at Impact Capitalism Summit Nantucket

On July 17, MoFo Impact’s Todd Boudreau will moderate “No Longer ‘Alternative’: Building a Diverse Impact Theme Portfolio Through Private Equity” at the Impact Capitalism Summit Nantucket. The Impact Capitalism Summit is a large convening of investors focused on maximizing impact and maximizing return. ...›

Impact Links: CDP Report on climate risk; GIIN Annual Survey; Ralph Lauren Sustainability Strategy; Biz Schools Take on Impact Investing; New Flood Risk Database

A new report by UK nonprofit CDP reveals 215 of the world’s biggest companies face almost $1 trillion in climate change risks, with many likely to hit within the next five years. The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) released its annual impact investor survey reflecting 266 respondents managing $239 billion in impact investing assets. New ...›

June 18, 2019Corporate Form

Introducing the Public Benefit LLC

Four years after Delaware first enacted its Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) statute, the state has taken another step forward in advancing legal entity forms for social enterprises. In August 2018, Delaware added a new legal entity to its code: the Public Benefit Limited Liability Company, or PBLLC. ...›

Impact Links: Canada Bans Single-Use Plastic; Britain Launches Impact Investing Institute; Omidyar’s Education Investments; Temasek’s New Impact Fund

What do boards need to know about sustainability ratings? Silda Wall Spitzer and John Mandyck discuss in the Harvard Business Review. Growing its education investments, Omidyar Network expanded its educational agenda to include investments in both early childhood and adult education programs. Canada announced a plan to ban single-use plastics by 2021 and introduce standards ...›

May 28, 2019Funding/Financing, Resources

Impact Links: Generation IM closes $1B fund; Nasdaq launches ESG guide; Catalyst Opportunity Zone Fund; Vanguard’s newest ESG fund; S&P 500 ESG Index

Generation Investment Management announced a newly closed $1 billion Sustainable Solutions Fund for growth investments. The fund will focus on investments in growth-stage businesses in three areas: 1) planetary health; 2) people health; and 3) financial inclusion. Nasdaq launched a new voluntary global environmental, social and governance reporting guide for public and private companies, which ...›