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Mar

8

March 8, 2013

Empowering Women Through Health Education and Financial Literacy

On International Women's Day, we reflect on our work in women's empowerment, including HERproject and HERfinance.

#Financial Services #Grants #Healthcare #HERproject #Womens Empowerment

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Feb

20

February 20, 2013

Towards a Reporting Standard for Financial Services and ‘Financed Emissions’

Financial services companies can help lead the transition to a low-carbon economy, and more are now managing greenhouse gas emissions in their value chains. But exactly how, when, and why should financial services companies measure and report on "financed emissions"?

#Climate Change #Financial Services #Reporting and Communications #Sustainability Management

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Jan

23

January 23, 2013

Solving Problems the Civil Society Way

As the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 unfolds in Davos, it will be clear that civil society is essential to solutions on every single question being debated—from water scarcity and human rights to economic opportunity for young people.

#Financial Services #Sustainable Communities

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Jan

15

January 15, 2013

Opportunities and Challenges: Family Philanthropy in China

What can the Chinese business community do to increase the impact of its giving? We identify three gaps in current practices and suggest a way forward for philanthropists and family-run foundations.

#CiYuan #Financial Services #Grants

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Jan

2

January 2, 2013

Is It Time for an Asian Sustainable Development Fund?

Asia now has the money, resources, and know-how to take the lead in reversing environmental damage, ensuring sustainable development, and securing the welfare of its people.

#Financial Services

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Dec

20

December 20, 2012

What Cerberus’ Firearm Divestment Says About Private Equity and Social Responsibility

In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, headlines in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have focused on the private equity firm Cerberus, a leading investor in the firearms industry.

#Financial Services #Stakeholder Engagement #Sustainability Management

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Dec

4

December 4, 2012

Equator Principles III: Helping Banks ‘Get It Right’

Having spent almost a decade at the World Bank advising governments in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and South America on major private-sector led and financed infrastructure investments, I saw a lot of half-baked projects. In many cases, I often found myself wondering, “Why would a reputable commercial bank even consider funding this project?”

#Financial Services #Human Rights #Reporting and Communications #Sustainability Management

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Nov

15

November 15, 2012

HERfinance Leverages the HERproject Model to Increase Financial Inclusion of Workers

This week BSR launches HERfinance, a collaborative initiative aimed at increasing financial inclusion for low income workers in global supply chains. Like its parent initiative, HERproject, HERfinance brings together partners from various sectors—in this case, financial service providers, multinational companies and their suppliers, and non-profit organizations to educate workers in the supply chain about using formal savings accounts, budgeting, and talking about finances with family members.

#Financial Services #Grants #HERproject #Inclusive Economy #Womens Empowerment

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Oct

25

October 25, 2012

Social Finance CEO Tracy Palandjian at BSR Conference 2012

Tracy Palandjian, CEO and Cofounder of Social Finance, shares the story of the social impact bond at the BSR Conference 2012.

#Financial Services

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