A New Business Case

October 17, 2013

This is the fourth in a series of posts on impact investing for MMI’s membership

“The business case for integrating non-traditional financial issues into corporate strategy…is very strong now.”

--Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact

Impact investing and sustainable capitalism is not just in the US—it’s a global phenomenon.

Matthew Bishop, the US Business Editor of the Economist, has written extensively about the changes to the business sector happening around the world that are leading corporations to focus on environmental and social returns in addition to profit.

In the video below, he talks with Georg Kell of the UN Global Compact, which supports businesses who are committed to aligning their operations to principles of human rights, environmental stewardship, fair labor and anti-corruption. To date, over 10,000 companies in over 130 countries have signed on to the Global Compact.

To read more of Matthew Bishop’s writings on sustainable capitalism, visit his blog Philanthrocapitalism. Watch a clip of his interview with Georg Kell below, and learn more about the UN Global Compact on their website.

Stay tuned for our next post on the release of ”Making Impact Investible: The Status of the Impact Investment Industry at the G8”, a report prepared by Impact Economy in support of the UK’s presidency of the G8 this year.

William Burckart is the Managing Director of Impact Economy (North America). Reach him by email at William.burckart@impactecnomy.com or on twitter at @impact_economy  

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