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How Banks Will Profit by Rethinking Their Purpose

New research outlines a new path for banks in society
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A new study from FSG outlines a new path for banks in society.

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A new study from FSG outlines a new path for banks in society.

Citi, OPIC and ACBA Credit Agricole Bank Support the Growth of the Microfinance Sector in Armenia

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New York, NY, June 24, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Citi and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (“OPIC”) today announced a $10 million lending facility, using their existing framework partnership, to support the growth of ACBA Credit Agricole Bank’s agribusiness microfinance portfolio in the Republic of Armenia. The arrangement includes a new $5 million lending facility and the extension of a separate $5 million lending facility first announced in 2012.

Personal Stories of Change

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This article was originally published in the Spring 2014 RSF Quarterly.

RSF Social Finance's theory of change is based on driving transformation at the individual level. We decided to reach out to our community to see exactly how people have transformed the way they work with money.

Kering, SNCF and Wacker Chemie AG among Speakers at the Enablon Sustainable Performance Forum EMEA 2014

Event to Bring Together European Sustainability, EH&S & Risk Decision-Makers in Paris on June 10th
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Paris, France/Chicago, IL, June 9, 2014 /3BL Media/–  Enablon, the world's leading provider of Sustainability, EH&S and Risk management software, will gather hundreds of attendees from leading European companies along with industry experts at its annual Sustainable Performance Forum EMEA on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 at the Eurosites Georges V, Paris, France.

The SPF is a series of five international and regional technology conferences that bring together business leaders and industry experts to discuss how

Video: New Developments in the Shared Value Field

Watch presentations of shared value in progress from Coca-Cola, Pearson, Visa, and more
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A view from the front lines of the global shared value conversation at the Shared Value Leadership Summit.

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A view from the front lines of the global shared value conversation at the Shared Value Leadership Summit.

What's Your Shared Value Intention?

How will you create mutual prosperity between business and society?
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Your goals may inspire others to take action. 

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Your goals may inspire others to take action. 

A Culture of Gifting

by John Bloom
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There are three indications of real generosity:

To remain steadfast without resisting,

To praise without the emotion of generosity,

And, to give before being asked.

—Maaruf Karkhi

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There are three indications of real generosity:

To remain steadfast without resisting,

To praise without the emotion of generosity,

And, to give before being asked.

—Maaruf Karkhi

"Technology Changed My Life" Kiva Loan Recipient's True Story

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HP on YouTube

Before the advent of the Web, organizations like Kiva would have been impossible. Thanks to technological advances, Kiva is able to match small-scale donations with micro-loans to men and women in the farthest reaches of the globe. The loans help people like John Garces, who fled Columbia for his life after his dad was assassinated. In the U.S., Garces gained a fresh start and grew his small business with the help of Kiva funding.

Starbucks Supports Community Development Financial Institution to Create U.S. Jobs

by Julie Fahnestock
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Think back to 2011. The worst of the recession in the US is over (for some.)   It's been a few years, but you can now afford to get back to your regular patronizing of your local Starbucks.  As you order your morning caffeine the barista asks if you'd like to help Starbucks create more USA-based jobs. She hands you a red, white and blue wristband with a zinc plate inscribed with the word 'Indivisible.' The barista tells you that the bracelets are made in the USA and from 100% USA-manufactured materials.

Investing for Impact with LeapFrog

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JPMorgan Chase & Co on YouTube

J.P. Morgan Social Finance was launched in 2007 to service the growing market for impact investments, meaning those investments intended to generate positive impact alongside financial return. There is growing recognition that innovative business models can complement limited public sector and philanthropic resources by delivering market-based solutions to low-income and excluded communities in a sustainable and scalable way.

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