Posts tagged impact investing
Timber Grown Among Crops Shows Promise for Timberland Investors

Corn, coffee, cattle, and other crops can be raised on land that also supports cultivated timber. This symbiotic approach, known as agroforestry, has clear ecological benefits – and it could become a new asset class for timberland investors.

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Want To Tackle Global Challenges? Think -- And Invest -- Differently

Impact investing is reshaping financial markets. Among the thoughtful leaders shaping this movement is Laura Ortiz Montemayor, the vibrant founder and CEO of SVX, an impact investment consulting firm in Mexico. In the interview below she offers her vision for our financial system, provides examples of innovation for shared prosperity, and challenges us to think differently to address global challenges.

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Regeneration for Environmental funds in Latin America

Our environmental and deeply linked social crisis cannot wait for us to understand how crucially urgent it is to unite our resources for regeneration. We are used to having one pocket of money to make more money no matter how much it destroys the world (usually 95% of our total portfolio) and another tiny pocket (usually 5%) to “save” the world. What is the probability of us EVER making a REAL contribution of value to the world with this separation paradigm?

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Fertile soil: The growing world of forest conservation finance

At its core, the vision is about maintaining the natural infrastructure that provides us with the critical goods and services we need in our communities. These include clean air and water, outdoor recreation, wood products and local food. Fortunately, we can choose to protect these assets and use Smart Growth principles to grow our economic base without sacrificing our farms and forests.

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A New Kind of Impact Investment Spectrum: The Holistic Spectrum for Impact

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the term “Impact Investment”. The Impact Investing sector has evolved in size and depth; in terminology and storytelling, the successes and the thought leadership. But fundamental debates are still on-going regarding the evolution of impact metrics & management, common values, definitions and more importantly if we are winning battles but losing the war.

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Aiming to Do Good, Not Just Well

If you want to invest in companies that are not just making a profit but are also doing good in the world (or, at least, doing no harm), you may find yourself overwhelmed by confusing choices. It’s like searching for new headphones or a restaurant in a strange city — too many options, too much information — but more stressful because the stakes are so much higher. The vocabulary of this kind of investing is arcane. It is known as environmental, social and governance (or E.S.G.) investing, or sometimes simply as “socially responsible investing.”

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Finance that can save the forest

Agriculture is currently the main driver of forest loss in the tropics. If current farming patterns continue, the future looks increasingly bleak for tropical forests.

Incentives to save the forest: Financial instruments to drive sustainable land use is a new briefing from Global Canopy Programme.

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