Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: July 7, 2017

Impact Investing & ESG

Impact Investing

Steering Impact Investing Toward a 2020 Tipping Point

On the heels of the G20 meeting in Hamburg will come a summit of the Impact 16 in Chicago. 16 countries, with the recent addition of Finland and Argentina, have formed national advisory boards to accelerate the practice of impact investing.

An Impact Investing Tent Big Enough for the Problems We are Trying to Solve

This article by the CEO of the GIIN explores the network’s goals and aspirations in the impact investing sphere.


World’s Largest Pension Fund Selects Three ESG Indices for $9 Billion Investments

Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the world’s largest pension fund, announced Monday that it will shift 3% of its passive domestic equity investments (roughly $8.8 billion) into ESG indices.?

Establishing A Global Standard With Water In ESG Integration

Water resource groups all share the urgency for understanding one important concept, sustainability. Over time and research, these groups have analyzed how critical it is for institutional investors to strengthen their understanding of water in ESG integration.?

Asia Pacific Investors Take the Lead on ESG Integration

Asia Pacific investors have leapt ahead of their global counterparts in integrating ESG strategies into their investment decisions, a new survey by BNP Paribas Securities Services has revealed. 84 percent of the 135 institutional asset owners and managers surveyed in Asia Pacific are currently integrating ESG factors into their investment decisions.

This report is the first in a three-part series by the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) on its initiative to enhance the systematic and transparent consideration of ESG issues in the assessment of the creditworthiness of borrowers in fixed income markets. Click the link to download a copy of the report from the PRI website.

United States & Europe

United States

Oil Snaps Rally; Stocks, Steady After Fed Minutes

Oil prices fell sharply on Wednesday after their longest rally in more than five years while stocks ended higher after minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s last meeting showed contrasting opinions.

US Jobs Growth Faster than Expected

The economy added 222,000 jobs in June, the US Department of Labor said, and job creation in April and May was higher than previously estimated.


Ahead of G20 Summit: ‘My Country First’ Approach Threatens Achievement of Global Goals

Ahead of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, the newly published SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2017 illustrates that world leaders need to strengthen their joint efforts to realize the global goals. Not only does a rising trend of nationalism and protectionism impede the implementation of the goals, but as the report shows, industrialized countries are not serving as role models.

Developing Economies

Implementation and Effects of the G20 Financial Regulatory Reforms

This report acts as a status update for progress on the G20’s program of reforms implemented to increase the resilience of the global financial system while preserving its open and integrated structure.


Why These Investors are Focusing on Impact Investing Across Africa

In this episode of the MoneyMakers Bruce Whitfield speaks to Brendan Mullen, Managing Director of Secha Capital and Nombuso Nkambule, Co-founder to discuss how it is identifying long-term opportunities for improvement and growth.

World Bank Approves $345 Million Loan for Tanzania Port Expansion

The port handled 13.8 million metric ton in 2016 – an increase from 10.4 million in 2011, reflecting an average growth of 9 percent per year, according to the bank. Tanzania wants to lift its capacity to 28 million metric tons a year by 2020.

Latin America

PERU: Annual Inflation Rate Decreases to Lowest Level in Almost Three Years

The annual consumer price inflation in Peru decreased in June to the lowest level in almost three years and is nearing the center of the current target range of 1% to 3% set by the local central bank.

Latin America is Going Through an Energy Transformation, and It Could Be a Huge Benefit to the US

This article details recent shifts in the Latin American energy market which could affect the demand for US energy.

Amid Crisis, Brazilian Impact Investors are Resilient and Optimistic (Podcast)

ImpactAlpha’s David Bank interviewed Fernando Scodro of Grupo Baoba, who next week is launching the Brazilian chapter of The ImPact, a network of wealthy families that have come together to make more impact investments, more effectively.