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UN Secretary-General and Global CEOs Accelerate Shift to Sustainable Finance

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres: US$3-5 trillion annual investment needed to finance the 2030 Agenda; private finance and investment absolutely essential to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Finance Summit in New York announced for September 2018

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres: US$3-5 trillion annual investment needed to finance the 2030 Agenda; private finance and investment absolutely essential to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Finance Summit in New York announced for September 2018

Perseverence Pays Off in Huehuetenango

Meet Microentrepreneurs in the Highlands of Guatemala
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Hiball Energy, IZZE, Naked Juice, Papyrus-Recycled Greetings, Reserveage, Seventh Generation, and Surya Brasil met in Guatemala to witness microcredit in action.  Together these companies have contributed $1.9 million to Whole Planet Foundation in support of impoverished entrepreneurs like the women pictured here in Huehuetenango.  

Black & Veatch and Renewable Energy Test Center Launch New Energy Storage Bankability Service

Partnership also includes assessments of power conversion and solar PV equipment
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LAS VEGAS, September 12, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Black & Veatch, a leading engineering, construction and consulting company, and Renewable Energy Test Center (RETC), an engineering services, and certification testing provider for photovoltaic and renewable energy products, today announced the launch of a new energy storage bankability service. The bankability service reflects the growing need for advanced testing and assessments of products, processes and technologies supporting the fast-growing photovoltaics (PV) and energy storage markets.

CECP Announces Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb to Serve as Board Member of CECP and Co-Chair of Strategic Investor Initiative

Championing efforts to empower a coalition of CEOs to build a better world through business and shift trillions in capital to companies that embrace “Long-Termism”
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NEW YORK, September 6, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The cause of promoting corporate “long-termism”--the creation and communication of multi-year corporate strategies that include financial, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors--received yet another significant boost with the announcement by CECP: The CEO Force for Good that Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb will join the Board of Directors at CECP and serve as Co-Chair of the organization’s Strategic Investor Initiative

KeyBank Provides a Total of $30.6 Million in Financing for Affordable Housing in Miami

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CLEVELAND, August 30, 2017 /3BL Media/ - KeyBank Community Development Lending & Investment has provided a total of $30.6 million in financing to the Housing Trust Group of Coconut Grove, FL for the new construction of Princeton Park Apartments, a 150-unit LIHTC affordable apartment property located approximately 25 miles southwest of Miami. Specifically, KeyBank arranged a $23.3 million construction loan and a $7.3 million permanent loan through a Freddie Mac 9% LIHTC Forward Commitment product from its Targeted Affordable Housing platform.  

2 New Rules of the Sustainability Game

Here's how supply and demand are two sides of the same coin.
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Last month, BSR brought together a group of luxury brands at Paris’ Salon du Luxe conference to talk about the new rules of the game when it comes to desirability, sustainability and luxury.

In the past several years, the growth of the luxury industry has slowed, and aspirational brands such as Michael Kors and the Hoxton Hotels have disrupted the sector with different interpretations of “luxury” products and services, which offer more open and experiential approaches or less expensive products.

Asia: At the Vanguard of Sustainable Business

by Tim Mohin
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Originally published in HuffPost

Asia has become the new vanguard in the effort to drive sustainability into the heart of how business is conducted around the world.

Growing Interest in Sustainability Reporting and SDGs in India

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At two recent events in Mumbai, GRI Regional Hub South Asia gathered some of the biggest Indian companies and conglomerates to promote high-quality reporting in the region, and initiate a discussion on the corporate role in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Water Supply Diversification Continues Rising to Reach Resiliency, Reliability Goals

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Objectives for developing alternative water supplies to increase availability and improve water system resilience continue as top priorities for resource stakeholders.

Empowering Entrepreneurs | Interview with Joy Stoddard, Development and Outreach Director of Whole Planet Foundation

New interview series to feature women empowering women
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Joy Stoddard is the Development and Outreach Director for Whole Planet Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Whole Foods Market. We were lucky enough to have a conversation with Joy about her motivation to give back, stemming from her earliest job as a candy striper to her career with Whole Foods. Joy has traveled the world working with microentrepreneurs and shared her unique perspective of having sought out opportunities to make an impact through for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations alike.

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