There are financial and social costs to excluding the ultimate beneficiaries of investments. Not only is the process of engaging beneficiaries helpful in its ability to assure passage of regulatory hurdles, it also mitigates against costly mistakes that can be avoided by bringing beneficiaries into the impact investing process early and often.
Interest in impact investing concepts that combine financial returns with a positive social or environmental impact have been growing in appeal. What seems to be lacking is a model to encourage broad-based place-based impact investing across all asset classes. For fiduciaries of place-based organizations’ funds, like those at community foundations, pension plans, endowments and many… Read more »
In August of 2016, StartOut delivered its inaugural study investigating the state of LGBT entrepreneurship in the United States. Focusing exclusively on emerging high-growth companies with a sample size of 140 LGBT entrepreneurs, this study is the most comprehensive of its kind, and is intended to paint a clearer picture of the LGBT entrepreneurial experience in the US.
We recently attended the SOCAP conference in San Francisco and came away invigorated by the hive of activity occurring within the social entrepreneurship space. New businesses are proliferating and tackling some of the world’s most daunting challenges. However, we noted that systems thinking was often absent from the discussion. It is important for impact entrepreneurs to incorporate this mindset into their business models from the outset, in order to maximize the scale and scope of the impact that they can create.
To defeat terror we must understand the motivations and dynamics behind it. We must have a long-term education strategy, a security crackdown where necessary, and a long-term economic development strategy in underprivileged areas.
While reverberations of the surprise US electoral outcome will unfold for quite some time, at Cornerstone Capital Group we wanted to take a moment to consider the landscape in which we and our clients operate in the field of sustainable finance.
In this month’s edition of the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking (JSFB), we consider debates from the perspective of the “Loyal Opposition” — because we must look at complex issues from different perspectives while embracing the principle that respecting diverse viewpoints strengthens the quality of the debate.
The Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (FAIRR) Initiative has issued a second booklet of case studies that showcases how leading investors and investment service providers from around the world are integrating issues relating to factory farming into their investment processes. Cornerstone’s Michael Shavel was asked to contribute to the booklet regarding his work on antibiotics and animal farming.
The convergence of online commerce, mass customization, and 3-D printing technology (or what some people refer to as additive manufacturing) is underway, with customized shoes representing the latest model of what surely will be other customized consumer products hitting the marketplace.
Corporate form has the power to effect significant and desperately needed change. Corporate form serves as the very backbone of our society, shaping the actions of the most powerful institutions of our time (corporations) and providing the functional framework for the behavior of virtually all men and women who work around the world. Therefore, I believe that corporate form can be a very effective extra‑governmental tool for solving the crises.