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Gray Ghost Annual Report 2017
Claudius Gutemann, Gray Ghost Annual Report 2017 14 Jun 2018
Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures
Audrey Selian, Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures 03 Jun 2018
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Markets for Good Selected Readings: Making Sense of Data and Information in the Social Sector

New compendium of blog posts from Markets For Good captures discussion and debate around how to strengthen the “information infrastructure” of the social sector. Read more »

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Impact Measurement - Brief note by Ennovent

For any enterprise intent on making a social, environmental and/or economic impact, describing the impact created by its operations and services is a necessary part of demonstrating what it is achieving. Consequently, enterprises are increasingly undertaking the task of monitoring and measuring the impact of their ventures as a part of the pursuit of their respective organisational missions. This brief note describes the definition, barriers, benefits and tools of impact measurement currently being employed by enterprises. Read more »

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Handbook on Corporate Social Responsibility in India

The handbook builds a common understanding of the concept of CSR, based on global practices, Indian tradition, and the intent and provisions of the Companies Act, 2013. It highlights important aspects of Clause 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 and its implications on companies. A major part of the handbook focuses on the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of strategising, planning, executing and monitoring these CSR activities. Read more »

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Toniic E-Guide

Why an E-Guide? Read more »

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The Emerging Landscape of ESG Action in Indian Businesses and their Supply Chains

Influenced by global dialogues and stimulated by the Indian policy makers, the Indian business diaspora has been, for the past few years, increasingly engaging in conversation and action on management and measurement of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) parameters. This shift in focus towards non-financial metrics comes amidst an increasing demand from global customers and investors for ESG disclosure along with the launch of the National Voluntary Guidelines for Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Businesses (NVG-SEE) which is applicable for all Indian businesses. In 2012, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) mandated the filing of an annual Business Responsibility Report (BRR), which focuses on ESG performance, for the 100 largest publicly traded firms. Read more »

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Privcap Special Reports

Each month Privcap focuses on a critical theme and produces a “bundle” of thought-leadership content in multiple formats – a digital report, video interviews and panel discussions, and audio programs. We capture the market intelligence of leading authorities, whose expertise forms the core of each report. Privcap Special Reports help market participants better understand opportunities and practices in private capital, as well as gain deep insights into the people with whom they may become long-term investment partners. Read more »

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Impact Investments in India

Impact investments, which aim to generate financial returns while creating measurable social and environmental benefits to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, have attained significant traction in India. J P Morgan estimates that global assets under management through impact investment strategies were ~ $50 billion in 2010, with projections of between $400 billion and $1 trillion and profit opportunity of between $183 billion and $667 billion over the next decade.1 The Rockefeller Foundation reports that impact investing is set to grow at an annual pace of 30 percent. India is the second-largest market for impact investing after the US, with USD 500 million worth of investments made in 2012 alone.2 However according to the Planning Commission of India, though many global and local funds have presence in the country, investments to the tune of only Rs 1,200 crore (around $260 million) have been made in India in the last five years.3 Despite the discrepancy in terms of the total investment numbers reported, India is definitely one of the key markets in the impact investing landscape - given the enormous requirement, potential and opportunities across sectors, which requires market-based solutions to address many social situations. The literature on this topic and research on the Indian industry has, however, been quite limited so far. Read more »

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India Social Enterprise Landscape Report

Social enterprises (SEs) have the potential to make India’s spectacular growth story work better for its poor citizens. Currently, India’s rapidly growing economy has not managed to alleviate the extreme poverty of nearly half the country’s population that lives below the $1.25 per day poverty line. There are several reasons for this, including non-uniform infrastructure, low quality public good provision by the government (especially in health and education), and resource limitations. By employing innovative business models, SEs are addressing India’s vast development needs, while maintaining sustainability through viable revenue models. Simultaneously, this space is witnessing an increasing number of impact investors who are interested in supporting businesses with triple bottom line returns – that is, profits (or financial sustainability at the least), social impact, and environmental impact. Read more »

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Evolution of an impact portfolio: Implementation to Results

In 2004, in order to meaningfully address the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues, the KL Felicitas Foundation (“KLF” or the “Foundation”) made the decision to begin a process that would eventually allocate 100% of the Foundation’s capital to “impact investments” – that is, investing with the intent to generate both financial returnsand purposeful, measurable, positive social or environmental impact. The Foundation determined that its needs would be met best by adhering to a return-based impact investment strategy, while taking select opportunities to introduce new concepts with impact first investments. Read more »

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MSME Umbrella Programme

Innovation matters for the growth of the Indian MSME sector! With the opening of the Indian economy and increasing globalization, a growing number of MSMEs face tough competition on international markets. Increasing resource prices or higher costs of imports additionally drive the development of new solutions. However, to remain competitive, Indian MSMEs need more than innovative products alone: The pressure for innovation in processes, business models and management to improve productivity and significantly lower costs, has increased in recent years. New initiatives by the Government of India support enterprises to gain competitive edge and to strengthen their innovation competencies. With the announcement of 2010 – 2020 as the “Decade of Innovation” and the establishment of the National Innovation Council (NInC) the Indian Prime Minister has put innovation promotion in the centre of private sector development in India. Read more »