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How to Leave a Mark -
JAN. 27, 2015 | NYT |David Brooks.

Impact investors seek out companies that are intentionally designed both to make a profit and provide a measurable and accountable social good. Impact funds are frequently willing to accept lower financial returns for the sake of doing good — say a 7 percent annual return compared with an 11 percent return. But some impact investors are seeking to deliver market-rate returns....It’s hard to find a reliable way to measure the social impact of these dual-purpose companies. Impact investors have also had trouble finding scalable deals to invest in. It costs as much to do due diligence on a $250 million deal as on a $25 million deal, so many firms would rather skip the small stuff... impact investing is now entering the mainstream. An older generation used their (rigorous) business mind in one setting and then their (often sloppy) charity mind in another. Today more people want to blend these minds. Typically a big client, or a young heir, will go to his or her investments adviser and say, “I want some socially useful investments in my portfolio.”...Impact investing is not going to replace government or be a panacea, but it’s one of a number of new tools to address social problems. If you want to leave a mark on the world but are unsure of how to do it, I’d say take a look. If you’re a high-net-worth individual (a rich person), ask your adviser to get you involved. If you’re young and searching, get some finance and operational skills and then find a way to get involved in a socially useful investment proposition. If you’ve got a business mind, there are huge opportunities to build the infrastructure (creating measuring systems, connecting investors with deals).
David_Brooks  capitalism  impact_investing  hard_to_find  Michael_McDerment  high_net_worth  new_graduates  skills  passions  passion_investing  TBL  social_impact  measurements  high-impact  heirs 
january 2015 by jerryking
How to Be a Social Entrepreneur
October 01, 2010 | Newsweek | by Joel Schectman
TBL  social_entrepreneurship  howto 
october 2010 by jerryking
PGI Releases First Report
Mar 2010 | Business and the Environment. Vol. 21, Iss. 3; pg.
7, 2 pgs | Anonymous. PGI's sustainability report is both engaging and
informative, using audio and animation to illustrate the company's
commitment to sustainability through "Vision, Speed and Efficiency."
PGI's five-year sustainability goals are to:

* Commercialize 10 new sustainable innovations;

* Increase the use of recycled material;

* Reduce the use of non-renewable materials in delivered products by

* Reduce the use of water in manufacturing by 10%;

* Reduce carbon footprint by 10%;

* Reduce solid waste from manufacturing processes by 10%;

* Reduce recordable safety incidents to zero;

* Report at an "A" GRI application level; and

* Achieve a "low risk" employee engagement benchmark level.
ProQuest  employee_engagement  TBL  sustainability  goal-setting  water_footprints 
september 2010 by jerryking
PGI Releases First Report
Mar 2010.| Business and the Environment. : Vol. 21, Iss. 3; pg. 7, 2 pgs | Anonymous
ProQuest  TBL  Freshbooks 
september 2010 by jerryking
The triple bottom line : how today's best-run companies are achieving economic, social, and environmental success-and how you can too : Savitz, Andrew W. : Book, Regular Print Book : Toronto Public Library
Andrew Savitz' text centers on how companies can become more
profitable by doing the right thing. The author first looks at how and
why some well known corporations have begun to respond to pressures for
greater accountability in recent years, and then offers corporate
leaders a set of tools--must-do's, don't do's, and simple charts and
lists--and stories demonstrating how to adjust business practices to
achieve sustainability.
Book Nonfiction In Library 658.408 SAV
TBL  social_Impact 
august 2010 by jerryking
Putting the Triple Bottom Line to Work | Business
November 11, 2009 | | By Mark McElroy
august 2010 by jerryking
Why 'Social Enterprise' Rarely Works -
JUNE 1, 2007 | Wall Street Journal | by BEN CASSELMAN
business  nonprofit  TBL 
may 2009 by jerryking

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