How can COVID-19 be shifted into a positive outcome? By getting more insights, tools and capital into more hands who are solving the world’s biggest challenges. Join Kate Byrne, President of SOCAP Global and Cari Hanson VP of SOCAP- the world’s largest impact investing community in the world, – to get the inside story on their big pivot to virtual this year.
This transparent, candid discussion will uncover what worked and what didn’t during their massive 5-day event that featured hundreds of speakers, more than 250 sessions across 10 topic areas. From planning to launch, Kate and Cari will share key takeaways from their marketing, pricing, sponsorship and engagement strategies – as well as results of their attendee survey.
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
TBLI is the worlds leading authority on ESG and Impact Investing (investing 2.0) and has been educating and advising institutional investors for over 25 years. Our story is to make the financial system work for all. Explore investment opportunities and learn about latest trends in the ESG & Impact Investing!
What to expect?
▪ A carefully curated program addressing a diverse set of topics of interest for both ESG as well as Impact Investors.
▪ Networking opportunities with a diverse, high-quality audience ▪ TBLI Workshops on case studies, market analysis and lessons learned
▪ Interactive TBLI Masterclasses on opportunities, innovation and risks
▪ Entrepreneur Salons featuring pre-qualified entrepreneurs
▪ High-Level Plenary Sessions with experienced investors, social entrepreneurs, and Responsible Investment specialists
From a global pandemic to climate change to the urgency of achieving the SDGs, the coming decade is set to be one of the most important in human history. Join Impact.Engineered 2020 – A Virtual Event & Networking Experience – for inspirational keynotes, mindful conversations, celebration and networking to advance the role of engineering and technology in sustainable development.
Convene with our global network of pragmatic optimists including engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and disruptors to explore their shared commitment to making a positive impact and figuring out how.
From organizations that have worked for many years to build infrastructure in emergency settings, to ventures on the journey to launch new hardware, Impact.Engineered celebrates innovators shaping the future of global development.
This is the decade of action! As various engineering disciplines quickly converge into an interdisciplinary field, IE offers a cross-society vehicle to recognize and amplify the engineering profession’s contribution to achieving SDGs.
COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, devastating impacts on the lives, livelihoods and learning of millions of people, particularly the most vulnerable. While efforts have rightly focused on mitigating the immediate impacts, we need to start thinking about efforts to recover and rebuild, because action taken now will have long-lasting effects on people’s well-being and resilience.
The pandemic has exacerbated deep inequalities and fragilities in the current system that have always been there. We as a community have the opportunity and the responsibility to act now to build a better future.
The Business Fights Poverty Virtual Summit Series builds on the success and experience of their recent online conferences, Business Fights Poverty Online 2020 and Business Fights Poverty NYC 2020, to dig deeper into a specific issue over the course of a day.
In partnership with CDC, The 2X Challenge, UN Women and CARE International, the next Business Fights Poverty Virtual Summit on 3 December will focus on gender.
Timed to coincide with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, the first of three webinars will focus on the actions companies can take in response to the increase in gender-based violence witnessed during the COVID pandemic, including in the workplace; and consider the role of new international regulation in the form of the ILO’s Violence and Harassment Convention (C190).
Hosted in partnership with UN Women, Business Fights Poverty will hold a session on strengthening women’s economic empowerment, which will give you the chance to hear the voices of women entrepreneurs and learn about how you can get involved in UN Women initiatives to support gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in Europe and Central Asia.
A third webinar will focus on gender-lens investing. Despite the ever increasing business case for improved gender equality and diversity in the workplace, COVID-19 has set back progress, with widening gender pay gaps, job loss and increasing caring responsibilities for women. The case for gender-lens investing is therefore even more urgent. We will explore current thinking on the latest tools from CDC and 2X Challenge. Experts will share practical advice for investors and other businesses.
Participants will come away with fresh insights, new peer relationships and the opportunity to engage in collaborative action.
The Heads of the e-MFP Green Inclusive & Climate Smart Finance Action Group are pleased to invite you to this webinar on the long-term changes that COVID-19 will bring to the off-grid solar energy sector. They are confident the results of this research will be useful for the industry.
First webinar of a series – organised by the e-MFP’s Green Inclusive & Climate Smart Finance Action Group
Off-grid solar (OGS) energy is instrumental to achieve access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (Sustainable Development Goal 7, SDG7). More than half of the progress made in the last decade towards SDG7 was owed to path-breaking OGS start-ups. The global crisis brought by the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) can reduce OGS customers’ ability to pay, disrupt OGS value chains, and freeze capital flows into the sector. This study proposes a set of hypotheses on the long-term changes that COVID-19 will bring to the OGS sector. These hypotheses were discussed throughout 20 in-depth interviews with senior level representatives of key investors and OGS companies. The interview results reported in this paper are aimed at documenting the collective intelligence of these stakeholders, which may be instrumental in guiding the OGS sector to weather the COVID-19 crisis.
Catalina Martínez Gutiérrez, PhD
University of Geneva – Geneva Finance Research Institute
Moderator: Dr.-Ing. Natalia Realpe Carrillo, HEDERA – IASS
Time: 4:00 PM CET / 10:00 AM ET
A virtual fireside chat with Impact Alpha’s David Bank.
About this Event
Note: This program is a Live Webinar and Q&A that is accessible from any web-enabled computer or mobile device. Premium members of Impact Entrepreneur get complimentary admission to all live and archived webinars.
Reporting on Impact with David Bank
Lately, leading journalists in the impact space have been tracking the shift from ESG to impact, which is roughly the shift from operational metrics to actual social outcomes, and from these outcomes to broad-based systemic transformation. In a recent post, Impact Alpha’s CEO and editor David Bank writes, “Every day, with their commitment and their capital, impact investors and other Agents of Impact are writing a new narrative for business and finance. As the world grapples with COVID and climate, racial injustice and income inequality, it’s arriving at purpose-built vehicles and approaches incubated, in some cases for decades, by communities and impact investors. Impact investing and sustainable finance are generating prototypes for a new financial system and a new economy.”
Moreover, as the universe of social impact continues to grow exponentially, particularly with regard to impact investing and ESG capital inflows, concerns about “impact washing” have also grown. While impact measurement and management has been evolving successfully to meet these concerns on a fund and individual business level, the role of impact media and journalists — as discerning researchers and storytellers of the space — has emerged as a vital touchstone for the impact space’s authenticity. In this essential role, the onus is placed on these journalists to look critically, beyond the hype.
In this live webinar and audience Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes ImpactAlpha’s founder and CEO David Bank to discuss the role of impact journalism in helping to inform and inspire, as well as supporting the growth, sophistication and rigor of impact investing and conscious business. We will also discuss the latest investment trends in the age of Covid, including:
- Catalytic capital
- Climate finance
- Small business financing
- Racial justice
DAVID BANK is CEO and editor of ImpactAlpha, “Investment news for a sustainable edge.” ImpactAlpha’s quality content serves investors and entrepreneurs seeking to outperform on positive social and environmental impact. The Brief, ImpactAlpha’s daily newsletter, is the go-to source for the growing community of “Agents of Impact” across the capital markets. As a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, David wrote the book on Microsoft (“Breaking Windows,” 2001) and broke stories across tech and philanthropy. At Encore.org, he helped establish “encore careers,” second acts for the greater good. A Nieman Fellow at Harvard, David is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and UC Santa Cruz.
LAURIE LANE-ZUCKER is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network, a 26,000 member global network of entrepreneurs, investors and scholars. Impact Entrepreneur is a cornerstone field building, research and educational player in the social impact space, and a consulting company that works with blended value companies, impact investors and academic institutions. For nearly 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion Society, which publishes the celebrated Orion Magazine, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, the Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange.
Laurie is the bestselling and multiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact, having published, edited and written the introductions for celebrated works by Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez and David James Duncan. He is the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing, and is the co-founder of the Place-Based Education movement, having coined the term with Dr. John Elder, and published, edited and written the foreword for the first book on that growing pedagogy. His current writing projects include two chapters (both co-written) for a forthcoming textbook, Sustainability: Business and Investment Implications by World Scientific Publishing. Laurie is also a lifelong student of world wisdom traditions and is the former Executive Director of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, a nonprofit organization founded by Pir Zia Inayat Khan focused on advancing wisdom in service of social and environmental healing.
Impact Entrepreneur’s Luminarias Webinar Series features reflective conversations with the leading lights in impact investing and entrepreneurship.
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EST
VeriStell Institute and The Walrus are the first in the world to launch a global online forum about Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and Corporate Purpose as the new business essentials.
A global societal shift has been set in motion by the events of 2020. It is redefining the contract between businesses and their communities—from simply “being responsible” to creating real social value. Irrespective of where you are located in the world or the size of your firm, the “purpose of the organization”—within the context of broader society—is rapidly undergoing the most important sea change of our time.
Competitive advantage is founded in trust, and trust is at an all-time low. Ignoring ESG and your Corporate Purpose can erode your brand image and jeopardize long-term competitiveness. Failure to leap is your biggest risk. Courageously daring to leap is your biggest opportunity. People expect business to not only drive shareholder value but to concurrently create social value. Pinpointing and addressing a pressing societal issue that leverages your corporate DNA will enable long-term competitive advantage.
Their global forum will explore the competitive benefits of “Daring to Leap” and illuminate the complexities, challenges, and opportunities of this new “making society sustainable” journey. They plan to highlight the global brands that are in the midst of making the leap—and to explore their key learnings.
They want to probe some of the following questions:
- What is the definition of Corporate Purpose?
- Does the strategic duo of “ESG and Corporate Purpose” enable a competitive advantage? Why? Can you have one without the other? Is there a new, additional currency at play—and what is the role of trust?
- Will new market forces push organizations to have a greater desire to add value to society? Do you think a government policy is needed to nudge firms in that direction or can firms get there with no regulatory intervention?
- What is the new leadership model for the sustainability frontier? How is the S in ESG different from Corporate Purpose? Can it be measured?
- Is investor power the real engine behind a governance shift post-2020—and will the rapid shift in capital allocation continue? Will cost of capital or availability of capital be the catalyst for change?
Together, we will share a clear definition and principles of Corporate Purpose (for small, medium, and large firms) and how ESG and Corporate Purpose stay cohesive. They will speak to what is happening on the cutting edge of sustainability and shine a spotlight on those global brands who are actually doing the work. Daring to Leap will tackle these questions on a global stage to spark conversations around the world.
Of all the methods emerging for measuring impact, climate impact analysis is arguably gaining the most importance in the investment world. Measuring impact generally has been considered a subjective decision, given the lack of consensus on which factors to consider and which should take priority. Most ESG experts agree: there are quite a number of different definitions under this catch-all term.
As regulations tighten around climate, accurate and scientifically-validated climate impact measurement methods will be of utmost importance to companies and investors looking to comply with new standards and remain in good standing with increasingly savvy customers. Luckily, new tools are emerging that incorporate cutting-edge science and data analytics into user-friendly tools for investors. These new tools are far more capable of making accurate predictions on which companies will be leading the market in the coming years.
Listen in as Boundless Founder & CEO Michele Demers shares these insights and more from our upcoming white paper, “Climate Impact Measurement: Assessing our Uncertain Future.” This is one you won’t want to miss.
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 EST