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It's our mission to make Earth Day every day by connecting institutional capital with sustainable investment strategies that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. There are many effective programs that you can consider to support Earth Day, but keep reading to see who we support...
For years, African countries relied heavily on their exports and foreign aid to fund vital infrastructures such as roads, power, and clean water. This changed in 2006, when the Seychelles became the first sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) country, ex-South Africa, to make its way into the international financial markets with the issue of its $200 million Eurobond. Since then, Eurobonds have become an important source of development finance for African countries, particularly in terms of infrastructure funding.
Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) describe the movement of money that is illegally acquired, transferred or spent across borders. They can vary by origin, complexity and intent, but they all have the same eroding effect on a country’s tax base, particularly for resource-rich developing countries which do not have the means to invest in public health, education, and sustainable development. These assets represent vast untapped wealth in the form of civil claims arising from historic grand corruption and fraud which belong to governments and their people. 
The 'Paris Agreement Capital Transition Assessment' (PACTA) was launched in 2018 by the 2° Investing Initiative (“2DII”) to measure the alignment of stocks, bonds and bank loans with a range of climate scenarios under the Paris Agreement. By aligning portfolios with the Paris Agreement, financial institutions can help limit global temperatures to 2 °C (2.7 °F) above pre-industrial levels.
A new McKinsey & Co study estimates that the global economy needs to invest $9.2 trillion dollars annually to curb emissions and reach net-zero by 2050. That’s at least $3.5 trillion more annually than is currently being invested in low-carbon and fossil fuel infrastructure. These findings suggest that nations and corporations will need to ramp up decarbonization efforts fast.
Back in the day... I used to commute 60 miles a day to a big office space and fly 100,000 miles a year while eating an enormous amount of meat every day.  My carbon footprint today is much smaller, with no commute, an empty-nester-bedroom that we converted to an office/gym, zero flights this year and no meat in my diet anymore. Regardless, I think we can always do more and I believe it is our responsibility to leave the planet the same (or better) for our children, so to do my part, I’ve adopted several other strategies to move my carbon footprint to net zero (or even net POSITIVE)...
The COP26 summit is now concluded after two-weeks of negotiations among world leaders to curb climate change. The result of these talks is the introduction of the Glasgow Climate Pact, officially agreed to by nearly 200 national signatories. Some are calling this agreement a success, others a failure, and many say it's somewhere in between. We outline the key takeaways from the Glasgow Climate Pact so you can decide for yourself.
For nearly three decades, the United Nations has brought together countries and world leaders at global climate summits called COP’s (“Conference of the Parties”) – in an effort to make the issue of climate change a global priority. As the 26th annual COP kicked off this week in Glasgow, countries are expected to update their plans for reducing emissions. Among the main topics to be discussed will be climate finance - local, national or transnational financing drawn from public, private and alternative sources that supports mitigation and adaptation actions to address climate change.
This year will be my 14th year of growing my MOustache (aka “MO) with Movember. I grow my MO to honor my father-in-law, who passed away from prostate cancer + our friend & teammate who we lost this year + the many friends who reach out when addressing their own health issues + to raise awareness and literally and figuratively change the face of men’s health. Movember is a fun approach to serious issues (testicular cancer for younger men + prostate cancer for older men + mental health for all of us), so I hope when you see our MOs that you will check yourself + remember to schedule your annual physicals + reach out if you need a friend.
Sovereign credit ratings are independent assessments of the creditworthiness of a country or sovereign entity. The Big Three credit rating companies—Moody’s Investors Service, S&P Global Ratings, and Fitch Ratings — are largely responsible for interpreting the level of investment risk associated with the debt of a particular country. However, a growing number of investors, academics, policymakers, and regulators question whether credit ratings are accounting for the impact of growing climate risks. If these risks materialize, they threaten to trigger climate-induced sovereign downgrades as early as 2030.

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