European foundations are making progress on their impact measurement and management journey but “blind spots” must be addressed in order to “future-proof philanthropy”, according to report by Esade Center for Social Impact and BBK.
Less than 2% of philanthropic capital is directed towards fighting climate change. But targeting “big wins” in this field can lead to more investment, according to research commissioned by the IKEA Foundation.
Anita Bhatia urged investors to back solutions that respond to both gender and climate challenges, speaking at the Impact Summit Europe. Diversity and inclusion and the need for mobilising capital at scale to tackle systemic risks were also at debate
Despite being a frontrunner in sustainable investing, the Netherlands might be missing out on opportunities to contribute more towards the Sustainable Development Goals, according to a study by the Netherlands Advisory Board on impact investing
Launched in 2017, the Village Enterprise Development Impact Bond has helped 95,000 East Africans out of poverty during the pandemic, supporting more than 14,000 first-time entrepreneurs in Kenya and Uganda
InvestEU funding programme has been given a guarantee of €19.65 billion by the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, and the European Investment Fund, to support investment projects across Europe
Institutional investors and wealthy individuals have embraced impact investing over recent years. But, what will it take to unlock the market for retail investors? Impact Investor tries to find the answers
Representatives of 175 nations have committed to develop a legally binding agreement to beat plastic pollution, hailed as the most significant environmental multilateral deal since the Paris accord on climate
The Hague, best known as the city of peace and justice, wants to put itself on the map as the leading impact city in Europe. We talk to ImpactCity The Hague about their accelerator programme for startups that want to change the world
Private equity funds account for more than half of all impact funds, according to the latest report on the sector by Phenix Capital. A total of €136 billion has been committed to impact-focused private equity funds since 2015
Infinity Recycling aims to create a circular economy for plastics. Its new fund has landed Dutch investment agency Invest-NL as a cornerstone investor, and will invest in companies offering advanced recycling technologies
Verdant Capital’s Edmund Higenbottam has helped raise more than a quarter of a billion dollars for inclusive financial institutions and fintech companies in Africa since 2017. Impact Investor talks to him about about fintech, impact investing and their latest fund
Capital commitments to impact funds dropped last year due to Covid, but the sector has shown “remarkable resilience” throughout an unprecedented two-year crisis, Phenix Capital said in its annual report on the industry
Payroll giving, or donating part of your wages to charity, may be common in other countries, but it didn’t exist in the Netherlands. Until Sandra van Beest spotted an opportunity and founded The Social Handshake.
Britain’s Prince Charles called it “the last chance saloon,” for our planet, while UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned world leaders at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow the “doomsday clock is still ticking.”
This summer Impact Investor talks to investors and entrepreneurs about how the pandemic shifted priorities. This week: Nanouk Grootendorst, programme manager social enterprises at Rabo Foundation in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands must scale up its climate investments before it is too late, the Dutch central bank (DNB) warned in a recent report. Impact Investor asked a large public investor in Europe’s biggest seaport for a reaction.
A GPS cattle tracker, a harvester robot for white asparagus and a packaging-free online supermarket. These are some of the investments of the €12mn Future Food Fund (FFF), a Dutch seed capitalist that invests in innovative agricultural and food technologies.
The job market for sustainable investment roles has become so overheated that some firms are being priced out of the market for the best talent.
Impact investment funds, however, can still pick and choose. “I’ve got a plethora of candidates that really want to get into impact.”
No need to reinvent the wheel: in our regular column ‘The Expert’ impact investing pros share their lessons from the field. This week, Alexander Gangnus of Dennemeyer IP Consulting on assessing impact in company valuations.
The creation of a single, standardised approach to measuring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) won’t absolve investors of the need to do their own due diligence, a panel of asset owners told the Phenix Virtual Impact Summit last week.
“B Corp is for business what Fairtrade is for coffee.” That’s according to Stefanie Kneer, head of impact management at London-based fund manager Bridges Fund Management. “For us, B Corp is probably one of the most relevant social and environmental accreditations.”
Protix, the Dutch pioneer company breeding insects, receives boost from new investment capital and EU food watchdog’s safety decision to approve its mealworms for human consumption. Operating at full capacity, it is aiming for two to three new production facilities in next five years.