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Investment Support for Communities Hit by COVID-19 Pandemic

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​Investors are being encouraged to support communities in the developing world who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alquity, a London-based investment manager, has launched its 40-40 campaign to improve the lives of 40,000 people at risk from coronavirus due to weak public health systems and overcrowded living conditions.

Social distancing, hand washing and staying at home are all privileges few in the developing world can afford and therefore, COVID-19 will impact on those living in cramped conditions, with poor healthcare and no social safety net.

Seventh Generation Is Funding Microbusinesses Through Whole Planet Foundation

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Seventh Generation donates to Whole Planet Foundation to fund microloans for the world’s poorest people - mostly women - living in communities where Whole Foods Market sources products. How does it work?

Hilton and American Express to Donate Up to 1 Million Rooms to Frontline Medical Professionals During COVID-19 Crisis

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Hilton (NYSE:HLT) and American Express (NYSE:AXP) today announced that the companies, in partnership with Hilton’s ownership community, will donate up to 1 million hotel room nights across the United States to frontline medical professionals leading the fight against COVID-19.

Beginning next week, Hilton and American Express will make rooms available without charge to doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other frontline medical staff who need a place to sleep, recharge or isolate from their families through the end of May.

A Dignified Approach to Digital Credit

Professor Fred Wherry talks about ensuring the explosive growth in digital credit improves the lives of the financially excluded
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CIT Financing Speeds Protective N95 Masks to Healthcare Workers

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NEW YORK, April 2, 2020 /3BL Media/ -- CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) has provided critical financing for its client Aria Designs to help it procure millions of advanced N95 surgical masks that will protect medical professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ahead of World Water Day, Ceres Launches New Effort to Catalyze Capital Markets to Value Water As a Financial Risk

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  • Introduces new Valuing Water Finance Task Force with major institutional investors and banks to influence companies to take action
  • Announces live stream details of Ceres 2020 water focused digital plenary, Defining the Value of Water

Comprehensive ESG Backed by World’s Largest Sovereign Wealth Fund

Norges Bank press for companies to improve and increase ESG disclosures
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March 4, 2020 /3BL Media/ - A report from Norges Bank Investment Management – manager of the one trillion Euro Government Pension Fund of Norway – has called for businesses to improve metrics to ensure they disclose ‘relevant, quantitative and comparable information on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues’.

Pushing Beyond the Ordinary in Corporate Social Responsibility

We believe that over the next 10 years, effective CSR initiatives of purpose-driven companies will be characterized by three principles: business alignment, user-centricity and co-creation.
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Corporate social responsibility—the practice of companies holding themselves accountable to serve a social purpose and make a positive impact—was not always the main focus of business leaders. Channel some profits into philanthropy, it was thought, and you’ve checked the CSR box.

Those days are long gone.

3-minute CEO, Marie Dzanis

by Maha Khan Phillips
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“One of the things that I like about the asset management business is that its evolving constantly,” Dzanis says, pointing to some of the more important trends and themes in the business.

A Roadmap to Growing Good Jobs

A new tool offers cities tailored options for driving dynamic growth and an inclusive economy
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The U.S. economy is continuing the continuing the longest expansion in history — unemployment is at record lows and wages are creeping up, but national averages can hide a lot of variety. Local policymakers in struggling cities certainly know this, as do regional planners. In many big cities, jobs are growing, but wages are declining as low-wage occupations dominate; in others, jobs are disappearing. Even boom towns have their own set of issues, from rising housing costs to growing inequality. And then there’s the perennial worry—how long will it last? 

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