Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: August 17, 2018

Impact Investing & ESG

To Invest for Impact, We Need to Start by Agreeing What ‘Impact’ Means 
Michele Giddens, partner at Bridges Fund Management, explains how the Impact Management Project is the first sector-wide effort to produce a commonly-recognized convention for analyzing and talking about impact.

State of the Small & Growing Business Sector- 2017 Impact Report
ANDE shares the progress of 283 member organizations in over 150 countries that have invested US $14.8 billion directly into SGBs and supported over 730,000 SGBs with capacity development services.

Nudging the Investment Ecosystem by Incentivizing Impact
This paper furthers the conversation on Impact Measurement and Management, IMM 2.0, through brainstorming practical ideas and viewpoints in the impact investing value chain: those who provide capital, those who manage it, and those who receive it.

Climate Change Considerations up Five-Fold over Two Years in Money Manager Decisions
Climate change considerations soared more than five-fold over two years in money managers decisions, a new report by US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment revealed.

California Could Be the First US State to Set Quotas for Women on Boards
California legislators have introduced a bill that would require publicly traded companies based in the state to have at least one woman on their board starting in 2020.


United States & Europe

Powell to Discuss Economy and Monetary Policy at Jackson Hole
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will headline this year’s central bank gathering in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on August 24th with a speech about monetary policy in a changing economy.


Developing Economies

How Technology Can Make South Africa a More Equal Country
South Africa is the most unequal country in the world, according to a recent report published by the World Bank. Technology has the power to help level the economic playing field in South Africa, facilitating more and better access to money and access to jobs.

Indonesia to Impose Import Curbs to Halt Currency’s Slide
Indonesia plans to restrict imports of capital and consumer goods and accelerate the use of biofuel to cut crude oil purchases to stem a slide in the nation’s currency.