Social Innovation

Global Study Reveals Consumer Preference for Sustainable Brands

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Placing sustainability at the heart of the business model is helping companies improve their relationships with stakeholders and providing a robust competitive advantage. Sustainable ways of doing business help companies to reduce risk across operations, while maintaining value and relevance to consumers and inspiring employees.

Investors with $685B in Assets Highlight Risks for Banks with Ties to DAPL

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The financial crisis of 2008 was marked by an excessive focus on short term profits, aggressive acceptance of higher risks, and an erosion of trust between institutions and consumers. The positive outcome of that crisis has been a growing recognition of values-based investment decision criteria, and an increasing consideration of ESG issues in investment decisions and services offered by financial institutions.

Innovative UN-Backed Digital Tool to Boost Green Finance

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Digital technology is gradually turning the dream of financial inclusion in the developing world into a reality. User-friendly financial apps and mobile banking are empowering citizens in remote regions to participate in the financial economy and improve their lives.

Impact Investment Funds Adopt Diverse Approaches to Promote Sustainability

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Increasing demand for a more socially responsible, purpose-driven finance has led to the emergence of innovative approaches to impact investing. Although impact investing began many years ago as a niche activity practiced by large philanthropists, it is now spearheaded by a wide range of impact investment funds that are committed to the larger global goal of building a sustainable world.

UK VCs Focus on ESG-Driven Investments

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A Venture Capital Trust (VCT) is a type of publicly listed, tax-advantaged investment fund in the UK, designed as a way for individual investors to gain access to VC investments via capital markets. In recent years, VCTs have increased their focus on socially responsible investments that take environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into account while assessing business performance. 

Companies Increase Efforts to Create Gender-Equal Workplaces

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Market data shows that gender equality in companies is directly correlated to improved performance. According to recent Bloomberg figures, companies led by women CEOs who have held their position for at least two years appreciated 37 percent since the fourth quarter of 2014. The S&P 500 advanced 21 percent during that same time period.

Integrated Corporate Reporting Gains Wider Acceptance

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – With a growing global focus on corporate sustainability, integrated reporting has emerged as a powerful tool to enhance corporate accountability, stewardship and trust. Integrated reporting provides investors with the information they need to make more effective capital allocation decisions and facilitate better long-term investment returns.

Companies Expand Work Opportunities to Support Refugees

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The global refugee crisis has reached a point where it is no longer an option for large companies not to reach out in support of displaced people. The socially responsible behavior of major employers is under greater scrutiny than ever before, and companies need to demonstrate their commitment to retain the trust of their employees, customers and investors.

Vigeo Eiris Applauds US Companies’ Stance against Immigration Ban

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Globalization of business has extended the reach and impact of large corporations to every part of the world. Although the basic responsibility to preserve international human rights standards still lies with the governments, there is an increasing realization that companies hold some level of responsibility as well.

Climate-Smart Transport is Pivotal to a Sustainable World

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Transport accounts for 23 percent of global energy-related GHG emissions, and is one of the sectors where emissions are rising the fastest. Ironically, the transport sector is also one of the victims of climate change, with transport infrastructure being particularly vulnerable to the effects of higher temperatures, increased precipitations, and flooding.

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