Spain NAB: ‘Impact-Washing…? It’s a Thing, and to be Avoided at All Costs

The Spanish impact investment market is catching the eye of mainstream financiers — with increasing frequency. With that attention comes the risk of “impact-washing”, which — according to the GIIN’s latest annual survey — ranks as the main challenge for

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Evan Harvey, Nasdaq – SPACs and ESG: Convergence or Collision?

The capital markets love nothing more than a new idea, especially one that promises to reward a little due diligence with a lot of return. The idea of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) has tantalised investors in this way. According

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Asian Development Bank: Towards a Blue Deal to Restore the World’s Oceans

Investments in recovering and maintaining a functioning marine ecosystem can form the foundation of a sustainable “blue economy.” Marine ecosystems are threatened by extinction. Over the past 50 years, the world has lost nearly half of its coral reefs and

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Evan Harvey, Nasdaq: The Board Perspective on ESG

Sustainability is a moving target. Though we might want uniformity, unanimity, and harmonisation — of standards, disclosures, and data points — there is mostly disorder. The signal of value is strong enough to hold our interest, but all the surrounding

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ISID, McGill University: Updating the DFIs’ Operating Models to Achieve the UN 2030 SDG Agenda

The UN General Assembly set the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) five years ago. The estimated annual amount of investment needed to achieve them is short — by $2.5tn to $3tn. The stakeholders that play a key role in directing and

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Evan Harvey, Nasdaq: Medium Is the Message – ESG Delivery and Market Distrust

Despite cultural assumptions surrounding content and interpretation, we tend to believe that the way we communicate is meaningful. “In operational and practical fact, the medium is the message” — this sturdy pronouncement from Canadian philosopher and social theorist Marshall McLuhan

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Håvard Halland and Justin Lin: How to Mobilise Private Capital for Climate Finance

The conclusion of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s most recent report is stark: climate action is far more urgent than previously believed. Action must include a wide range of initiatives, from improved regulation to continued technological innovation.

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The Roca Brothers: Community-Based Solutions for Food Security

To become the best is not necessary to go global. Spain’s three Roca brothers, celebrated as royalty in foodie circles, believe that food security begins at home. The brothers have repeatedly questioned the viability of current agribusiness models which see

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Evan Harvey, Nasdaq: What’s Driving ESG? A Top Ten List

The prevalence and prominence of sustainability as a vital concept in the world – let alone the business community – is now clear. It has been driven by a host of dynamics that are both native to, and external from,

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Otaviano Canuto, World Bank: Can Services Replace Manufacturing as an Engine for Development?

Manufacturing expansion has been a vehicle for job creation, productivity increases, and growth in non-advanced economies since the second half of the last century. First in Latin America, followed by Asia, and a renewal of production systems in Eastern Europe,

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