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Farming as a Service (Bain & Company)
Claudius Gutemann, Farming as a Service (Bain & Company) 15 Mar 2018
Acumen Energy Impact Report 2017
Claudius Gutemann, Acumen Energy Impact Report 2017 28 Feb 2018
Financial Services

Investment Opportunity in India

This recent report, issued by Ada Investments, outlines the basic merits of looking at investing in India, with a view on growth and equity prices, issues facing investors seeking exposure to the country, and commentary on Alpha, Currenty Risk and the overall opportunities at hand. Read more »

GIIRS Quarterly Analytics Report

The GIIRS Quarterly Analytics Report is the first impact investing industry report to provide key findings and trends in data collected from GIIRS rated companies and funds, covering sectors, sizes, maturities and geographies. Findings from the report provide a uniquely powerful tool for investors to benchmark their own portfolios against this data set. To compare your own portfolio of impact investments to this rated universe, sign up as a subscriber to GIIRS Ratings & Analytics. Read more »

India’s Pollution Nightmare: Can It Be Tackled?

The earth’s expanding human population and industrial growth have been known to cause serious environmental disasters. At the end of 2011, India’s population reached 1.21 billion and its economy is growing at 8.5%, the fastest after China. Due to the population pressure, India pushes ahead with aggressive industrial development. Consequently, thousands of industrial clusters nationwide produce enormous amounts of untreated toxic waste that often end up in rivers, lakes, forests, and landfills.1 Even though India has sufficient environmental laws, weak enforcement and the lack of funds and manpower are most often the stumbling blocks for the pollution control boards. In this dismal setting, can India tackle the mushrooming toxic pollution? A closer look at the crisis facing India’s environment may shed some answers. Read more »
Financial Services

Sustainable Capitalism: A Report by Generation

The challenges facing the planet today are unprecedented and extraordinary; climate change, water scarcity, poverty, disease, growing inequality of income and wealth, demographic shifts, trans-border and internal migration, urbanisation and a global economy in a state of constant dramatic volatility and flux, to name but a few. While governments and civil society will need to be part of the solution to these massive challenges, ultimately it will be companies and investors that will mobilise the capital needed to overcome them. Read more »
Energy and Power

Bioenergy Projects and Sustainable Development: Which Project Types Offer the Greatest Benefits?

Modern bioenergy sources are often viewed as important components of a low-carbon, energy-secure future. By reducing dependence on imported fuel and providing new employment opportunities, bioenergy production has the potential to stimulate local economies in developing countries. And yet, given the diversity of biomass resources, options, markets and scales, a better understanding of how well different bioenergy project types can provide sustainable development is needed. Read more »

The First IRIS Performance Data Report is Released

Data Driven: A Performance Analysis for the Impact Investing Industry The first data report of the IRIS initiative presents early findings from 2,394 organizations - including 1,931 microfinance institutions and 463 mission-driven organizations - that work with leading impact investment intermediaries. This report signals a new level of sophistication for the impact investing industry by providing an early glimpse into industry characteristics and the performance of organizations receiving and seeking impact investment capital. In addition to presenting early aggregated performance data, this report's objective is to drive widespread adoption of IRIS and to encourage impact investors, funds, and mission-driven organizations to strengthen future market intelligence by voluntarily contributing data for analysis through IRIS data collection partners. As more social, environmental, and financial performance data is collected by the IRIS initiative, the resulting analysis will help the impact investing community make better informed decisions and facilitate more effective use of impact investment capital. Read more »
Financial Services

Impact Investors in Asia: Characteristics and Preferences for Investing in Social Enterprises in Asia and the Pacific

The aim of the research is to understand the “buy” side of the market for impact investing in Asia and the Pacific. Specifically, this project places emphasis on understanding the scale and scope of capital pools available for impact investment in sustainable social enterprises (SEs) 1 in Asia and the Pacific in the coming years, the interest of investors in utilizing a “social stock exchange” as part of their impact investment strategy in the region and the design features that such a social stock exchange must incorporate in order to attract these impact investors. The research seeks to understand, “What engages investors in impact investment?”; What is the current and projected level of interest?”; “What is the need for and appeal of a social stock exchange?”; and “What are the operational requirements for each investor category to participate on a social stock exchange?” – all in the context of Asia and the Pacific region. This report provides insights to investors keen to invest in the region, financial intermediaries that advise SEs on capital raising, and developers of platforms seeking to connect SEs in the region with impact investors. Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), an SE based in Singapore, is applying the final outputs of this research as it finalizes the operating features of Asia’s first social stock exchange, which it is creating. The outputs of the research will also aid policy makers and institutional actors to better understand and foster an environment for sustainable development through impact investing. Read more »
Financial Services

UBS Insights into UHNW Family Philanthropy in India

Despite expectations to the contrary, UBS found that many of India’s largest industrialists were extremely open to discussing their activities. For most, their philanthropy is a source of joy and pride and many are speaking out and making public commitments to charity. In this, India may be an outlier in Asia. Based on their conversations, UBS makes the following summary observations: Read more »
Financial Services

Summary of India Economic Survey 2010-11

Robust growth and steady fiscal consolidation have been the hallmark of the Indian economy in the year 2010-11 so far. The growth rate has been 8.6 percent in 2010-11 and is expected to be around 9 percent in the next fiscal year. Read more »
Financial Services

The Base of Pyramid distribution challenge

Evaluating alternate distribution models of energy products for rural Base of Pyramid in India Read more »