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The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking (JSFB) is an on-line forum featuring voices from a range of disciplines bringing their unique perspectives on progress towards a regenerative and inclusive global economy. JSFB contributors include thought leaders from the capital markets, private sector, non-governmental organizations and academia, highlighting breakthroughs in science and technology, best practices in environmental stewardship, social progress and effective governance, and creative ideas for advancement of responsible long-term economic development.
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November 21, 2016

Proximity Ignites Change

To succeed, the UN Sustainable Development Goals must be clear, digestible, and emotionally resonant—and they must be known across every corner of the planet. To achieve this aspiration, we must not just lean on government, but also mobilize business. By harnessing the power of commerce towards achieving the goals, we will drive impact with brands, executives, corporations, employees, and ultimately consumers.

November 21, 2016

The Legacy of the CGI: Doing Well by Doing Good Lives On

In late September, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convened top leaders from business, government and civil society for the 12th and final time. The end of the CGI Annual Meeting brings to a close not just an event, but a force that has helped change the way that companies everywhere think about social responsibility.

November 21, 2016

The Gender Equality Gap: A Problem Too Big to Tackle?

Closing the gender equality gap is among the priorities of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 5), along with end ending poverty and hunger, and ensuring quality education. In short, it is, has been, and will continue to be one of the most tremendous challenges of our times. What precedes this article is a… Read more »

November 21, 2016

Social Equity Investing Demands Greater Proximity Between Investors and Beneficiaries

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.

November 21, 2016

Place-Based Impact Investing: How to Invest in Your Own Backyard

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 »

November 21, 2016

The State of LGBT Entrepreneurship in the US

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.

November 21, 2016

Systems Thinking in Impact Entrepreneurship

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.

November 21, 2016

Changing the Narrative on Radicalism

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.

November 9, 2016

Election Results and Sustainable Investing — Reason & Pragmatism

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.

September 28, 2016

JSFB September Edition: “Loyal Opposition”

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.