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Originally published in Forbes by Scott Amyx As part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, the U.N. General Assembly has set forth the 17 global sustainable development goals (SDGs) to address poverty, hunger, health, education, gender equality, clean water, clean energy, economic growth, industry, inequality, cities, production, climate change, oceans, land, justice and partnerships. It’s estimated that achieving the SDGs would require $2–3 trillion per year for the next 15 years. Ironically, the global cost of corruption…

Published first on Harvard Business Review As concerns about scarcity and inequality become increasingly urgent, many investors are eager to generate both business and social returns—to “do well by doing good.” One avenue is impact investing: directing capital to ventures that are expected to yield social and environmental benefits as well as profits. But there’s a problem: Although the business world has several universally accepted tools, such as the internal rate of return, for estimating…

Published originally in Finsmes LeapFrog Investments has closed a dedicated impact fund manager, at $700m. Investors include leading insurers, pensions and asset managers, development finance institutions, foundations and family offices. Emerging Markets Fund invests in healthcare and financial services companies – tapping into the demand from billions of emerging consumers in Asia and Africa.This vehicle targets reaching 70 million emerging consumers.It has already made five investments in:– WorldRemit, a digital remittances provider,– NeoGrowth, which provides innovative…

Robert Piper is the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations Development Coordination Office in New York. Robert has a longstanding experience in international development, humanitarian response and peace building at the United Nations. In this episode, he explains the role of the UN Development Coordination Office, the background to the Talent roster and what kind of profiles he is looking for. – Working with the United Nations is an incredible privilege and it is…

Originally Published in Sustainable Brands Largest private sector investment to date will prepare next generation of global workforce with education and training, build financially stable communities and help break the cycle of poverty. Today, Prudential Financial, Inc. doubled down on its commitment to make lives better by solving the financial challenges of our changing world, committing more than $180 million through 2025 to support young people aged 15-29 worldwide who lack access to school, training or regular…

Originally Published in Sustainable Brands Bank of America’s third environmental commitment is designed to advance solutions to issues aligned with the SDGs — including sustainable energy and transportation, climate resiliency, clean water and sanitation. Bank of America (BoA) has announced it will mobilize an additional $300 billion in capital by 2030 through its Environmental Business Initiative. This third commitment increases the company’s investment in low-carbon business activities as part of its focus on deploying capital for responsible,…

Originally published in CNBC If you want to see how the funds you’re invested in fare when it comes to environmental, social and governance factors, there’s a rating for that. The Morningstar Sustainability Rating measures how well an investment fund’s holdings stack up on ESG issues compared to its peers. The measurement is put together using the thousands of portfolios that Morningstar collects from mutual funds, ETFs and managed portfolios around the world. The firm…

First Published on the UNDP blog. A new initiative led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aims to help channel private investment and capital to meet the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Called SDG Impact, the initiative, launched today at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, will work with the private sector on how best to invest in enterprises and markets in ways that help achieve the SDGs, an ambitious…

First Published in UN Global Impact Companies and investors joined representatives from Government and the UN today to discuss how the private sector can play a greater role in directing capital towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Launched at B3 Headquarters in São Paulo, the inaugural SDG Investment Forumfocused on the opportunities and challenges of investing aligned with the SDGs. Building on the work of voluntary national reviews (VNRs) and related country plans, the new SDG Investment Forum event…