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When it comes to choosing values-based investments, it’s important that investors understand the differences between SRI, ESG and Impact Investing. Impact Investing is among the newest terms, coined by the Rockefeller Foundation in 2007. It is used to describe investments that generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return. However, this form of investing is often confused with Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) or ESG. To understand the differences, let’s take a step back and look at the evolution of these concepts.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) enacted the Paris Agreement in 2016 in response to the growing challenges of climate change. The agreement aims to limit the increase of global temperatures to 1.5 °C (2.7 °F) above pre-industrial levels. However, it’s projected that current pledges are not ambitious enough to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C or even 2°C. Countries need to strengthen their commitments quickly enough to achieve the Paris Agreement targets.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 90% of global businesses and are responsible for 7 out of 10 job opportunities in developing countries. However, 44% of SMEs are financially constrained and underserved by traditional finance institutions. Public and private sectors must work together to develop solutions to meet the growing demand for finance. While governments have the responsibility to improve market-enabling policies, the unmet demand presents an opportunity for financial institutions to engage.
The Ghanaian government has made significant efforts to improve its electrical infrastructure, yet access to reliable energy remains an impediment to economic development. Unplanned power outages continue to be a problem for the growing country due to growing supply & demand constraints. An additional generation capacity of 225 MW is needed by January 2024 and an additional 200 MW by January 2025 to preserve the security of Ghana’s energy supply.
Impact Capital Partners has joined Trees For The Future (TREES) in their Plant-a-Tree Partnership by planting 200 trees per million dollars raised. This amazing non-profit organization has planted over 180 million trees since 1989 and we are proud to help TREES plant communities out of hunger and poverty, while also offsetting multiples of our own carbon emissions.
Bloomberg Green - The Biden administration is outlining ambitions to dramatically boost offshore wind power in the U.S. by 2030, pushing to drive construction of projects at sea capable of generating enough electricity for more than 10 million American homes.
I launched Impact Capital Partners because I obviously agree with Bill Gates that it is important to address the world’s most difficult issues. The essence of How To Avoid A Climate Disaster is that we are putting 51 billion tons of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere every year, and to avoid a climate disaster, we need to get the net number to ZERO within 30 years. Importantly, Bill is optimistic that we can solve these problems because of his belief in innovation, but we need breakthroughs to get there. Bill is focused on this challenge, and one of his goals for writing this book is to spark conversations so that we are all focused on it too. I highly recommend this book and I’m even placing it on my MUST READ LIST!
Wind is one of the planet’s most efficient renewable power sources and offshore winds tend to blow harder and more uniformly than on land. Yesterday, the New York State Energy and Development Authority (NYSERDA) selected Equinor and incoming strategic partners bp to transform two of New York’s ports into large-scale offshore wind working facilities in hopes of positioning New York as an offshore wind industry hub.
This year was my 13th year of growing my mustache (aka “MO) with Movember. I first grew my MO back in 2008 in honor of my father-in-law, Bruce Gibson, who passed away from prostate cancer, Movember’s flagship cause. Raising awareness and funds for Movember was a great fit for me, because it was a fun approach to a serious problem, and for 9 consecutive years (2009-2017) I was Movember’s top fundraiser in the US (aka the “MoMo” or the individual who raised the MOst MOney). Importantly, my work and my success with Movember reminded me to have fun and be passionate about what you do! #movember #menshealthissues
During an exploratory Zoom today, I was asked again about my logo, so I shared my respect and concern for elephants and how I simply wanted to honor them within my logo. My new contact then told me that he was originally from Kenya and that he recently adopted an orphaned elephant through the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT). I immediately researched SWT and I'm proud to say that we adopted Roho the elephant today!

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