Impact Investing Drives Philanthropy

The most promising trend in philanthropy today is impact investing. That’s the finding of the BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index 2015. Investment in companies that actively contribute to society is now viewed as more dynamic, more solutions-based than socially responsible investing, which is usually defined as avoiding investment in certain companies, industries, and/or regions. Impact investments inject capital into businesses that put into action sustainable market solutions, with the expectation of ROI as well as social benefits. And there are several ways such investments can be made, from impact bonds to mission-defined funds; impact investing is more an approach than an asset class. This trend is resulting in a new, innovative hybrid of philanthropic practice and sustainable business models that aims to make more good things happen faster.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The year 2014 was another very strong growth year for renewables. Based on data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), generation from non-hydro renewables grew by 10.9% compared to the previous year. To put that in perspective, generation from all sources grew by just 0.7% over the same period.

Generation from conventional sources was essentially flat. Nuclear power grew...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – With the rise in the standard of living across the world, protein consumption has gone up. Beef has become one of the most important protein sources in the American diet with almost 61 lbs of beef consumed per person every year. The U.S. has also emerged as the world leader in beef production and exports.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - International Women’s Day, 8 March, is a time to reflect on progress made, call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - I grew up in New Jersey in the 1950’s. I remember riding down the turnpike with my parents and getting hit with a godawful smell, as we passed Newark. What is that? I was told that it was the pig farms in Secaucus. This I continued to believe until much later in life when I learned that the pig farms were long gone by the time I was born. What I smelled was the refinery.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Business executives say schools in India are hampered by overbearing bureaucracy and a focus on rote learning rather than critical thinking and comprehension, with little or no focus on relevant job skills. Added to this problem is that though the Indian government does keep tuition low to make schools accessible to more students, it also keeps teacher salaries and budgets low, too.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable business practices have emerged as a crucial factor in the creation of long-term shareholder value in a globally competitive environment. Sustainability-related trends are having a significant impact on the top and bottom lines of companies. According to McKinsey, the key reasons companies want to embrace sustainability are to increase efficiency and reduce costs, improve their corporate image and meet their own business goals.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There has been speculation and concern among many factions, including the US security community, that the onset of climate change will usher in economic, political and social unrest, leading to additional conflicts around the world. In a report released last fall, the DoD referred to climate change as a “threat multiplier.”

Now, a new report just released in...