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Ottawa's Spending Spree Was the Right Thing to Do, Economists Say

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The federal government’s massive increase in spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is contributing to “substantially better” economic outcomes than would have been the case without those measures, while raising net debt levels only marginally over what they would have been, a new Scotiabank Economics report says.

The economic impact of the pandemic on households and businesses would also have been worse without the stimulus, with unemployment reaching 15% as opposed to the anticipated 13%, the report says.

Scotiabank Launches New Sustainable Finance Group Within its Global Banking and Markets Division

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TORONTO, July 2, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Recognizing its unique opportunity as a global financial organization to advance climate transition and promote sustainable economic growth, Scotiabank is pleased to announce the launch of a new Sustainable Finance Group within its Global Banking and Markets (GBM) division. The new team will further Scotiabank's Climate Commitments, announced in November 2019, to support clients in the transition to a low-carbon economy, decarbonize its own operations and contribute to the global conversation on climate change. 

Whole Planet Foundation Partners with Hope for Haiti in Power Your Purpose Virtual 5K

Whole Planet Foundation is grateful to our partners and participants who are mobilizing to support microentrepreneurs around the world on June 27th!
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Pivoting from a physical 5K Run in Austin, Texas to an online event due to COVID-19 has meant partners like Hope for Haiti are joining Whole Planet Foundation from a safe distance to alleviate poverty through microcredit around the globe.  On average, microcredit loans are less than $200 and enable low-income entrepreneurs, mostly women, to start or develop their own small businesses to support their families.  For the past 5 years, Hope for Haiti has been investing in Haitian economy by making nearly $1 million in grants and loans to support Haitian entrepreneurs and social businesses. 

Climate Action 100+ Investor Signatories Achieve Major Gains During 2020 U.S. Proxy Season

Corporate lobbying, governance proposals receive record levels of shareholder support at virtual annual general meetings and help to advance initiative’s aims
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June 23, 2020 /3BL Media/  - Proposals filed by Climate Action 100+ investor signatories calling on major oil and electric power companies to disclose lobbying activities and improve governance on climate change garnered record levels of support at this year’s U.S. Proxy Season. 

How Can Successful Stewardship Be Meaningfully Reported?

Based on a roundtable discussion attended by asset owners, investment consultants, asset managers, civil society leaders and regulators
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This whitepaper captures the discussion from a roundtable, convened by Helen Pradas-Page on 3 March 2020, under Chatham House rules, where we asked the question ‘How Can Successful Stewardship be Meaningfully Reported?'

Transforming Corporate Finance, Accounting, Decision Making and Reporting through ESG Innovation

Sustainable Brands and SOCAP Global Announce Strategic Partnership to accelerate ESG innovation through CFO
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SAN FRANCISCO, June 16, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Sustainable Brands ® (SB) and SOCAP Global (SOCAP) today jointly announce the formation of a partnership to bring to market Integrate 2020, the evolution of SB’s New Metrics conference, now in its 8th year. The vision for this virtual conference is to address the shift to a balanced stakeholder approach from the shareholder practice of the last fifty years, and the players driving it.

Whole Planet Foundation $10,000 Fund Partners Move for Microcredit

Move with these brands during the Power Your Purpose Virtual 5K on June 27
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Whole Planet Foundation’s $10,000 Fund partners are mobilizing to support microentrepreneurs around the world on June 27th!

Inclusive Fintech 50 Launches 2020 Edition to Identify and Elevate Early-Stage Fintechs Driving Financial Inclusion and Resilience

The initiative aims to unlock resources for innovative startups providing low-income households and businesses with financial tools that can help them support their livelihoods and build financial resilience.
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Washington DC, June 15, 2020 /3BL Media/ – A group of global organizations driving innovation and investment in financial services for low-income populations announced the launch of the 2020 Inclusive Fintech 50 application period. In its second year, the initiative will identify a cohort of 50 high-potential, early-stage, and innovative fintech startups driving financial inclusion and resilience for the 3 billion financially underserved people worldwide.

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