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11 hours 47 min ago

(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.


1 day 4 hours ago

The Global Impact Investing Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry.


1 day 10 hours ago

(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.


2 days 53 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Recent reports of domestic violence have more than doubled in Russia following the Government’s reduced punishment for spousal or child abuse from a criminal to a civil one. The shift has also sparked outrage from human rights groups around the world. The Duma – the lower house of the Russian Parliament – passed the bill last month, which has been signed off by Mr. Putin.


3 days 18 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Amid the doom and gloom of most news outlets, Bill and Melinda Gates are sounding out some good news in their 2017 Annual Letter. Why are they happy? Because they say humanity is witnessing the faste​st​ progress ever in global heath and poverty reduction.


4 days 11 hours ago

(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.


5 days 17 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — When it comes to renewable energy, there’s a new kid on the block and he’s making lots of new friends quickly. We’re talking of course, about offshore wind. While once resisted as too expensive and too unsightly, the technology has finally found its sea legs and is now really making a splash.

Europe is, of course, where most of the activity has been. It started with Vindeby, the world’s first offshore wind farm, off the Danish coast. Vindeby, which was commissioned in 1991, has eleven turbines, with a combined capacity of 4.95 MW.

That’s significantly less than the output of just one of the thirty-two 8 MW turbines that Danish-based Dong Energy is installing at the Burbo Bank Extension  wind farm off the English west coast near Liverpool. Dong, which also operates Vindeby, currently has 3,000 MW of offshore wind online, and plans to grow that to 6,500 MW by 2020. Their 21 existing facilities are located off the coasts of Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK. Dong, which both builds and operates these wind farms, is one of a growing number of players in this market.

Better known perhaps, are the turbine manufacturers. Vestas, the Danish turbine maker, has now formed a joint venture with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan, to compete with Siemens, the longstanding frontrunner. General Electric is now getting into the game as well, along with a number of Chinese manufacturers.

Here are some reasons why offshore wind makes sense. First, it overcomes most of the not-in-my-back-yard (NIMBY) concerns about visual pollution and noise, though there has been resistance from certain upscale seaside communities, notably the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, and Donald Trump’s lawsuit attempting to block a wind farm off the coast of Scotland, near a golf course he owns. (Trump lost, Cape Wind is apparently “dead in the water.”)


5 days 23 hours ago

(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. 


6 days 1 hour ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Keepod​, an organization that works to narrow the digital divide, has released the new Keepod, a device which transforms any computer, even old ones, into a powerful Chromebook, helping repurpose machines and improve access to computers for those who are left out of the digital community.


1 week 10 hours ago

(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.


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