ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION

While images of Richard Branson or Elon Musk may come to mind upon hearing the term “social entrepreneur,” one does not require a huge public presence, a revolutionary new idea, or even billions of dollars to make a positive impact in meeting societal needs.  Throughout the world, sustainability professionals are working on effecting lasting change within the banking and project finance sector every day, by having their organizations participate in “The Equator Principles.” The Equator Principles, a voluntary risk management framework designed to take into account environmental and social responsibilities,  are intended to set minimum due diligence standards for member financial institutions participating across all industry sector project finance transactions, including advisory, corporate and bridge loans.

Cindy Motz is an Independent Research Analyst & Global Advisory Council Member, Cornerstone Capital. She is a former II & WSJ All Star Analyst.