RSF Social Finance Blog: A Celebration of Giving


by Kelley Buhles

As RSF Social Finance celebrates its 30th anniversary, we can be pleased with how much we have accomplished since the organization’s founding in 1984. Our staff has grown dramatically and clients now number well over 2,000. The number of transformative financial transactions has greatly increased and the RSF community is even more deeply rooted in its mission, vision, and innovative work in the world.

Operational Risk Management: What All EHS Managers Should Know

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Operational risks are inherently different from many other types of risks. Operational failures not only impact health, safety and the environment: they also have a direct impact on financial performance.

Raising Capital: Challenges and Opportunities for Socially Responsible Businesses and Social Enterprises


This is a guest post by Cutting Edge Capital

Raising capital from banks, venture capitalists, and professional investors is a challenge—especially when your business falls into the category of a social enterprise or socially responsible business (“SE/SRB”). Despite the best efforts of SE/SRBs at sorting out financial projections, putting together business plans, applying for loans, and making presentations (a.k.a. pitching), most will be turned away by these types of investors.

How Banks Will Profit by Rethinking Their Purpose

New research outlines a new path for banks in society

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


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

A Communiqué on the Private Sector Roundtable for the Great Lakes, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 11 June 2014

Responsible Investment Critical for Peace and Stability in Great Lakes Region
Press Release

Addis Ababa, June 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ –The participants of the Great Lakes Private Sector Responsible Investment Roundtable overwhelmingly agreed last week on the critical role that responsible private sector investment can play to support peace, stability and sustainable economic development in the Great Lakes Region. This joint effort paves the way for an inter-ministerial level Regional Consultation meeting to be held in Angola in September and a Great Lakes Private Sector Investment Conference to be held in the region in the following months. - Sberbank (RTC:SBER) Publishes First Consolidated Report on Corporate Social Responsibility

The report is the bank's first consolidated report
Press Release

June 9, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Sberbank has issued a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report for 2013. In contrast to the previous reports, this is the bank's first consolidated report.

In the past, CSR reports have not included any information or data from outside Russia. However, Sberbank's consistent development as a diversified international financial group has led to it reviewing its approach to information disclosure.

London Stock Exchange Partners with United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative

Press Release

London, June 2, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The London Stock Exchange (LSE) Group today announced that it will partner with the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative, joining nine other exchanges in the US, Europe, Africa and Asia to promote sustainable business practices among publicly listed companies worldwide. - State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT) Publishes 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report

The report, marks nine consecutive years that the company has publicly reported on its environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance
Press Release

State Street Announces New Environmental Sustainability Goals, Strategic Approach for Corporate Responsibility and Discloses on G4 Reporting Framework

Recyclebank, yerdle and PIPs Rewards Propose SXSWEco Panel on Changing Currency in the Sharing Economy


Javier Flaim, CEO of Recyclebank®, the company that inspires and rewards smarter, everyday choices for a more sustainable future, has teamed up with Andy Ruben, co-founder of yerdle, and Wendy Gordon, founder of PIPs Rewards and The Green Guide, to propose a

Citi Recognized by U.S. Department of Energy for Surpassing Goal of $500 Million in Financing for Energy Efficiency and Distributed Generation, Increases Financing Target to $2.25 Billion

New target over the next three years as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge; includes $570 million in financing arranged to date as a Better Buildings Challenge Financial Ally, one of just four institutions to surpass target
Press Release

New York, May 9, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Citi today announced it was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for its commitment to help Better Buildings Challenge partners, including schools, hospitals, factories and public buildings, to complete energy efficiency and distributed generation upgrades under the Better Buildings Challenge. Citi surpassed its goal of $500 million, arranging $570 million in financing for energy efficiency and distributed generation since 2011.


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