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June 8, 2018

More than $35 billion was spent in over 11,000 impact investments last year and investors plan to commit 8% more capital in impact deals in 2018.

More than $35 billion was spent in over 11,000 impact investments last year and investors plan to commit 8% more capital in impact deals in 2018.

The Annual Impact Investor Survey of 229 global impact investors, released by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) this week, reported that almost all respondents said their investments have “met or exceeded their expectations” for impact (97%) and financial (91%) performance.

June 7, 2018

Akka enters US aerospace, Walmart sells majority of Brazil business, and Mars invests $1 billion in sustainability

Akka enters US aerospace

The rapidly growing Akka Technologies is making good on its promise to conquer the US, acquiring PDS Tech for an undisclosed sum.

April 6, 2018

Less institutional capital flowing into the UK in the face of Brexit spells opportunity for British family offices, fund managers say.

Less institutional capital flowing into the UK in the face of Brexit spells opportunity for British family offices, fund managers say.

The European Investment Fund (EIF)—the European Union-backed agency which provides finance for small and medium enterprises—has committed upwards of €600 million annually to the UK in recent years, but is in the process of slowing its contributions, and would likely halt them entirely post-Brexit.

March 26, 2018

The term “impact investing” celebrated its 10th birthday in 2017, a year where it seemed every other investment house launched a new fund offering to tap into the trend. But what does it really take to be an impact investor? And is the term being thrown around too loosely? Alexandra Newlove speaks to those active in the sector 

The term “impact investing” celebrated its 10th birthday in 2017, a year where it seemed every other investment house launched a new fund offering to tap into the trend. But what does it really take to be an impact investor? And is the term being thrown around too loosely? Alexandra Newlove speaks to those active in the sector 

March 8, 2018

In the wake of #MeToo, and a stream of allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men, more banks are encouraging clients to turn public awareness into proactive investment.

In the wake of #MeToo, and a stream of allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men, more banks are encouraging clients to turn public awareness into proactive investment.

The latest trend in impact investing is “gender-lens” funds, which allow investors to put their money where their mouth is by supporting companies that champion gender equality.

UBS set up such an exchange-traded fund (ETF) this year, in conjunction with Equileap, an organisation that promotes equality-based investing.

December 20, 2017

A.G. Sulzberger becomes sixth family member to head New York Times, South African second-generation retailer Wiese resigns as Steinhoff chair, Ford Foundation invests in social impact with new director.

A.G. Sulzberger becomes sixth family member to head New York Times

Fifth-generation Arthur Gregg (A.G.) Sulzberger is to become the publisher of The New York Times taking over from his father, Arthur O (A.O.) Sulzberger (pictured), Jr who has held the position since 1992.

Currently its deputy publisher, the 37-year-old will become publisher on 1 January, 2018—the sixth member of the Ochs-Sulzberger family to hold the position since its patriarch Adolph S Ochs bought the paper in 1896.

December 14, 2017

Essilor-Luxottica to hire chief executive, losses widen for British bag maker, and £100m sustainability fund launches

Essilor-Luxottica to hire chief executive

A position heading the company created by the €50 billion ($59 billion) merger of Luxottica and Essilor is about open up, with the firms acknowledging they will look for a new chief executive for the eyewear giant.

Hubert Sagnières, chairman and chief executive of Essilor, told the Financial Times he was “too old” for the new gig and confirmed the newly-created company would hire a new chief.

November 23, 2017

Family philanthropy drives corporate donations boom; Colgin Cellars joins LVMH; and time flies for impact investing

Family philanthropy drives corporate donations boom

Philanthropy has boomed since the global financial crisis, with a record high of £1.83 billion ($2.4 billion) donated in 2016.

The number of donations of £1 million ($1.3 million) and above was also up by two-thirds over the decade, according to the 10th anniversary Coutts Million Pound Donors Report released this week.

October 18, 2017

Sharing the lessons learned is one of the recommendations in a new report on technical assistance in the impact investment industry.

Sharing the lessons learned is one of the recommendations in a new report on technical assistance in the impact investment industry.

Beyond Investment: The Power of Capacity-Building Support was launched by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) this month and highlights “common, effective practices and opportunities to enhance future practices”.

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