New York, NY – Cornerstone Capital Group and Inspiring Capital (IC) announced a strategic partnership to advance their shared goal of mainstreaming sustainable business and investment practices. Inspiring Capital has adopted Cornerstone’s research-driven approach to “help companies integrate social and environmental issues into business strategy and governance practices,” as the foundation of IC’s leadership development programs for professionals seeking purpose-driven careers.

Cornerstone’s thought leadership will inform IC’s education and training activities in the area of sustainable finance. Erika Karp, Cornerstone’s CEO and Founder, along with John Wilson, Head of Corporate Governance, Engagement & Research, and other Cornerstone leadership will be IC faculty members. Cornerstone’s content, including ongoing research and the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking (JSFB), will serve as curriculum material for all IC participants, including top MBA and undergraduate students, and women transitioning from caregiving or private sector to social sector roles.

The partnership is based on the firms’ aligned philosophies, as well as operational synergies. Cornerstone and IC share a strong commitment to capitalism as the best system we know to create wealth and prosperity. Both firms also take a collaborative approach to their work, as evidenced by this partnership. Finally, both firms are owned by female Columbia Business School alums.

“We believe that the next iteration of capitalism will be defined by collaboration, transparency and purpose. And we hope to partner with thought leaders and investors who embrace this philosophy,” said Karp.  Inspiring Capital Founder and CEO, Nell Derick Debevoise said, “Erika is a long-time role model of mine, and what she’s doing with Cornerstone is truly groundbreaking. Because of their rigorous, innovative, and optimistic approach, they’re an ideal first content partner for us and offer great value for IC participants.”

From left: Alexandra Hanken, Inspiring Capital, John Wilson, Cornerstone Capital Group, Nell Derick Debevoise, Inspiring Capital and Erika Karp, Cornerstone.

From left: Alexandra Hanken, Inspiring Capital, John Wilson, Cornerstone Capital Group, Nell Derick Debevoise, Inspiring Capital and Erika Karp, Cornerstone.

About Cornerstone Capital Group:

Founded in 2013, Cornerstone Capital Group is a financial services firm based in New York. The mission of the firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets enhancing investment processes through transparency and collaboration.  In offering investment consulting and advising, investment banking, and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with asset owners, corporations and financial institutions, promoting new research in the field of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis, and facilitating capital introductions for organizations around the world engaged in sustainable business practices. Cornerstone’s Board of Directors, Global Advisory Council and Staff partner with institutions including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, the UN Global Compact, and the Principles for Responsible Investment to work towards a more regenerative and inclusive form of capitalism.

Cornerstone Capital Inc. is certified as a women owned business and is an investment advisor registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Securities offered through Strategic Marketing Solutions Ltd., LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC.

About Inspiring Capital:

Inspiring Capital accelerates the integration of profits and purpose by aligning talented business professionals and high-potential, purpose-driven organizations. We envision a future in which all of us discover our personal drive and professional capacity to contribute to organizations that integrate their profits and purpose to build inclusive and thriving communities. In turn, these communities make up a world that provides opportunities for all its citizens to be healthy and prosperous.