The Timing Is Right for Impact Investing in Latin America

The Timing Is Right for Impact Investing in Latin America

There is increasing momentum behind impact investing—the global movement of investors, development agencies, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists working to realize financial, social, and environmental gains. In Latin America, capital committed by impact-investment funds increased to roughly $2 billion by the end of 2013, from $160 million in 2008, representing a 12-fold growthin just five years. Fourteen to […]

Add Impact

Add Impact

“Add Impact” is the new rallying cry of the Global Impact Investing community, which concluded a two-day plenary meeting of its Steering Group in Lisbon, Portugal on July 8.  Championed by Sir Ronald Cohen, founder of Big Society Capital (BSC), which is hailed as the world’s first social investment bank, the Global Impact Investing Steering Group is the heart […]

A New Playbook for Companies Venturing for Impact

A New Playbook for Companies Venturing for Impact

The Paris-based food products company Danone, the Spanish-based bank BBVA, and the British utility company Centrica have something important in common. Each of these large multinationals has figured out effective ways to bring together its core financial, human, and technological strengths, along with massive networks, to provide business support to social entrepreneurs. Innovation and investment teams […]

Beyond the Land of the Unicorns

Beyond the Land of the Unicorns

By Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen and Charmian Love When most people hear the word “unicorn,” images of a majestic white horse with a glistening, magical horn spring to mind. However, in business jargon, unicorns refer to privately held startups with market valuations of more than $1 billion—think Uber, Snapchat, and Airbnb—which operate across a range of […]

Technology and Millennials Are Driving Business Strategy and Social Change

Technology and Millennials Are Driving Business Strategy and Social Change

Doing well by doing good is now expected for businesses, and moral leadership is at a premium for CEOs. For today’s companies to maintain their license to operate, they need to take into account a range of elements in their decision making: managing their supply chains, applying new ways of measuring their business performance that […]

Systematic Sustainability Is the Goal of New Fair-Trade Initiative

Systematic Sustainability Is the Goal of New Fair-Trade Initiative

It used to be that coffee and bananas were among the few products that carried a fair trade label, and made people feel good about their purchases during trips to the local supermarket. Nowadays, there are a vast number of products with some kind of standard or certification that guarantees a fair price, ensures that […]

New Funding Source for Social Innovation: The ‘Crowd’

New Funding Source for Social Innovation: The ‘Crowd’

In the journey from a revolutionary idea, to a start-up business, to an expanding business, it’s difficult for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises to access the finance they need through the traditional channels of private capital markets. A new way to address this gap is crowdfunding—an innovative tool that enables entrepreneurs or enterprises in […]