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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.

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Oct

12

October 12, 2012

A View from Yangon: Opportunities for Responsible Investment

A trademark sign of globalization can now be seen at several prominent intersections in Yangon, Myanmar: Coca-Cola billboards.

#Ethics and Governance #Financial Services #Sustainability Management

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Oct

2

October 2, 2012

Generating and Protecting Value Through Sustainability: Five Lessons From Private Equity

How do leading private equity firms apply sustainability to generate and protect value, and what can other companies learn from their approach?

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Oct

1

October 1, 2012

How Private Equity is Investing Responsibly in China (Part One)

In this two-part series, we summarize the discussions and findings from BSR's Beijing roundtable on responsible investment in China. In this blog, we explore the Chinese landscape for responsible investment.

#Financial Services #Strategy and Integration #Sustainability Management

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Aug

21

August 21, 2012

Four Ways to Attract Long-Term Investors

Even as a relentless focus on short-term gain pervades our economy, asset owners and investment managers are increasingly embracing sustainable investing. Here's how to access some of the estimated US$32 trillion available.

#Financial Services #Strategy and Integration #Sustainability Management

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Jun

12

June 12, 2012

Increasing Impact and Enhancing Value through Corporate Philanthropy

At last week’s Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) 2012 Corporate Philanthropy Summit, I had the opportunity to attend the “Increasing Impact, Enhancing Value: A Practitioner’s Guide to Leading Corporate Philanthropy” breakout session. Based on a report from the Council on Foundations, the session presented many ways that corporate giving professionals can take steps to make their work more strategic and catalytic.

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Jun

5

June 5, 2012

Myanmar: Asian Tiger or Resource-Rich Failing State? Business Will Have a Say

As business considers investing in this long-isolated nation, it must realize that it has a direct role in whether Myanmar is the next Asian tiger or another resource-rich failing state exploited for its natural resource wealth and cheap labor.

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May

25

May 25, 2012

Is the Focus on Private Equity Giving Public Markets a Free Pass?

This year's U.S. presidential election season, like most, is dishing up more conflict than insight. One of the most distracting questions? Whether private equity is inherently good or bad. The more important question is whether the much larger public markets are functioning well and supporting an economy that delivers the kind of growth we want and need.

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