Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: September 29, 2017

Impact Investing

The Real Impact of Impact Investing

Whether it concerns climate change, supply chains, human rights or corruption, investors increasingly seek to better understand the impact that their investments are having.


MSCI Launches Four ESG Factor Indices

SCI has launched four ESG factor target indices in response to increasing demand from clients.


Schroders: Sustainable Investment on the Rise as ESG Issues Gain Prominence

Sustainable investments are becoming an increasing part of investors’ portfolios with over half of UK investors raising their allocations over the past five years.


Insider Perspective: UNGA and Climate Week

Last week, heads of state, policymakers, business leaders, academics and activists gathered in New York City during the UN General Assembly (UNGA).


The Journal of Environmental Investing: State of ESG Data and Metrics

The Journal of Environmental Investing has released its eighth publication, covering the state of ESG data and metrics for the first time.


Accelerating Entrepreneurs: Insights from USAID’s Support for Small and Growing Businesses

USAID’s Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) Initiative aims to catalyze private sector investment into early-stage enterprises and help entrepreneurs bridge the pioneer gap—thus unlocking the potential of thousands of promising enterprises around the world.


United States & Europe

U.S. Climate Change Policy: Made in California
A peculiar confluence of history, legal precedent and defiance has set the stage for a regulatory mutiny in California that would reverberate throughout.


The US is the Second-Most Competitive Economy in the World, According to the World Economic Forum

After three years in third place, the US has climbed up one spot to be the second-most competitive country in the world, after Switzerland—its highest ranking in eight years. The US edged out Singapore, which slipped to third.


Europe Could Attract $417 Billion with Higher Wind-Power Target

Europe’s wind power industry may attract 351 billion euros ($417 billion) of investment by 2030 if countries adopt reforms and targets for their energy systems in the next year.


Denmark Launches Fund to Mobilize $5 Billion for the Global Goals

The $1 billion SDG Investment Fund aims to attract $5 billion from private investors over the next four years to tackle the U.N.’s 2030 agenda in low- and middle-income countries.


Developing Economies

Brazil Declares It Won’t Abolish Massive Reserve in the Amazon, After All
Roughly a month after the Brazilian government said it would open a wide swath of Amazon rain forest to mining interests, it has backpedaled on that controversial decision.


Colombia: New UN Mission Begins Operations; Focus on Reintegrating Ex-Fighters

The second post-conflict United Nations mission in Colombia has started its operations, succeeding the UN entity which was mandated to verify the implementation agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) concerning the ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, and laying down of arms.


Investors Reward Argentina for Taming Inflation

Stocks? Up. Bond returns? Strong. The financial sector? Improving. Money managers have noticed.


Women Inc: Addressing India’s Gender Gap

India may be the fastest growing economies in the world but she still ranks 87th of 144 countries in the world ranking on closing the gender gap. Latest figure show an alarming dropout rate of women from jobs both at the highest level – the post graduate level – and at the lowest illiterate levels.


ADB Raises Growth Forecasts for Asia on Exports Revival

A rebound in global trade and improved prospects for China have provided a boost to Asian economies, prompting the Asian Development Bank to raise its growth forecast for the region.