Topic Archives: Reporting

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 ...›

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 ...›

May 17, 2019Measuring, Reporting, Resources

Impact Links: Newly launched IRIS+ tool; OK passes benefit corporation legislation; Ocean Spray sustainability commitment; New studies show growing interest in impact investing

The Global Impact Investing Network launched IRIS+, a new tool for investors to measure, manage, and optimize the impact of their investments. The tool allows investors to identify evidence-based metrics relevant to impact goals and offers practical guidance on refining their investment strategies. Oklahoma became the 36th state to pass benefit corporation legislation, which goes ...›

November 29, 2016Deal Structures, Reporting

5 Reasons to be Bullish on the Post-Election Impact Economy

The presidential election on November 8, 2016 sent shockwaves through socially and environmentally responsible business communities in the United States and around the world. As folks begin to recover, it’s critical to think clearly about what steps we can take to foster new momentum, creativity, and courage as we move forward. Here is what is keeping our MoFo Impact Team bullish on the impact economy ...›

November 23, 2016Measuring, Reporting

Suz Mac Cormac speaks at Aspire Forum 2016

Earlier this year, Suz Mac Cormac spoke at Bloom Energy ASPIRE Forum 2016. The ASPIRE Forum brought together business leaders, policy makers, analysts and technology experts to discuss the latest developments in the evolving business, policy, and technology landscape and how we can drive to a lower carbon future that delivers power that is secure, ...›

Impact Investing – Fund Mechanisms to Incentivize Impact

A growing number of investors aim to achieve positive social or environmental impacts alongside financial returns.  For such impact investors, there are various legal and structural mechanisms to consider.  In order to incentivize impact in the context of fund formation in particular, certain key concepts should be drafted into the legal documents from the outset.  ...›