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Bringing Women into Africa’s Growth Story

(3BL Media and Just Means)- Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei’s paths first crossed when they worked together at McKinsey & Company. But the idea to start a pitch competition and entrepreneurial training organization for women-owned, African companies was birthed a few years later during a women’s conference.

War: A Minefield for Ethical Investors

Guest Blog by David Israelson

War! What is it good for? 

Absolutely nothing … except, some say, profit opportunities.

Investing in “sin” companies – weapons makers, Big Oil, polluters, tobacco, gambling firms and the like – is likely a vexing issue for most DIYers. Can investors live with themselves if they put money into companies that are known for questionable or harmful practices?

University of California Commits $1B Investments to Push Sustainability

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Nearly 840 U.S. colleges and universities have endowments to the tune of $415 billion, according to Bloomberg News. Making investments in sustainability must be a priority for the universities, not just to support a more sustainable world, but also to live up to the values that most of the universities themselves espouse.

Coca-Cola Announces New $5B Sustainable Investments in Africa

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Africa is an exceptionally rich continent in terms of nature’s bounties and cultural diversity. However, the majority of countries in Africa rank among the least developed in the world as per the UN classification. The economic potential of this sleeping giant has remained largely unexplored due to poor and disjointed development strategies and an uncertain investment climate.

BRICS Nations Launch $100 Billion Sustainable Development Bank

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – BRICS countries, which include Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, comprise over one-fifth of the global economy. The growing economic power of BRICS nations has surpassed the level of negotiating power they command at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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