Impact Investing Blog

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May 4, 2016
SASB—the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board—is offering investment professionals powerful proof that accounting for material sustainability factors will likely lead to more complete analyses and better-informed investment decisions.  One hurdle the investment community has yet to jump, though, is that of assessing the impacts of its investment decision-making on risks and rewards at the...

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February 2, 2016
In a new piece in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on “Foundations are Cautious on Impact Investing”, Ben Gose examines how outside of a dozen or so foundations, such as the F.B. Heron and KL Felicitas foundations, which have made impact investing a priority, the practice mostly remains a sideshow among grant makers. From the article:William Burckart, a philanthropy consultant who specializes in...

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January 6, 2016
The Guardian’s Alison Moodie investigates in "Investments aren't gender-neutral when female entrepreneurs face a $320bn credit gap” how ‘gender lens investing’ aims to tackle the marginalization of women by asking investors to make gender equality part of the decision-making process. From the article: “These are just some of the global problems weighing on investors’ minds as they decide where...

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December 22, 2015
From Responsible Investor’s ESG MagazineBy Steve Lydenberg and William Burckart  On 18 September 2008, the global financial system came within a hair’s breadth of complete meltdown. This worst case was ultimately avoided, but the collapse that day of Lehman Brothers with its $600bn in assets helped trigger a worldwide economic crisis. Some 6m people lost their jobs, the Dow plunged 5,000 points,...

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September 10, 2015
While human beings are complicated, messy, and unpredictable, metrics and systems that are supposed to measure and manage social and environmental impact are often not dynamic enough to reflect all that human complexity. Yet investors, grant makers, and nonprofit organization need to have some way to assess, manage, and communicate their real impact. This can be especially difficult when the two...

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August 27, 2015
By William Burckart and Jamie Butterworth, published on Quartz   The outskirts of Paris might not seem like the most likely home of the next industrial revolution—but along the bank of the River Seine, the vehicle manufacturer Renault is operating a groundbreaking “re-manufacturing” plant that is transforming old car parts into like-new or better-than-new condition—all to be used in its new cars...

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The results of the Rikers Island SIB and the launch of the other transactions raise a host of questions about whether or not these structures can actually transform public finance and bring more capital to social services. Read more of this op-ed on Quartz, and check out key findings from MMI's recent report on impact investing. By William Burckart and Steven Godeke, published on Quartz  ...

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July 22, 2015
D.Light Design, a private company based in San Francisco, manufactures inexpensive solar-powered lamps and sells them cheaply around the world. It is safe, reliable, and renewable energy available for about the same cost as a few candles. This is a perfect example of an impact investment: the company is turning a profit while meeting a social need in an environmentally-sustainable way. And with...

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July 14, 2015
I am excited to note the release of a new special report, produced in conjunction with MMI, entitled Bringing Impact Investing Down to Earth: Insights for Making Sense, Managing Outcomes, and Meeting Client Demand. The report examines the systems, indices, and other kinds of resources that have emerged to help with the measurement, management, and marketing of the non-financial performance of...

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March 18, 2015
By Steven Godeke and William Burckart, published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy. John D. Rockefeller would never have considered abandoning the oil business. But that is exactly what some of his heirs did last fall. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a family foundation with $860 million in assets and a long history of supporting environmental causes, announced it would divest itself of all fossil-...

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