Rarely have organizations used ESG and impact together. This is largely because ESG and impact seem to be two different worlds that exist side by side, with different cultures, languages, and approaches to using data to drive positive change. Only recently have the two worlds met – or rather collided.
Indeed, there have been a few harsh critiques of the ESG world in recent months from those in the impact world.
But what is the difference between ESG and impact?
— From “ESG & Impact: Why We Need Both for Meaningful Change” by Evan Vahouny
Join us for a Deep Dive with Evan Vahouny, author of the IE Magazine article ESG & Impact: Why We Need Both for Meaningful Change.
About Our Deep Dives
Deep Dives are hour-long Zoom Meetings: Live Q&A Sessions (as opposed to our Zoom Webinars, where the audience is in View-Only Mode) between the author(s) or subjects of a Magazine article and our members. Be sure to read the article in question and come bearing questions!
Evan Vahouny, MPP, is the Chief Impact Officer at Proof of Impact, a technology company that enables the real-time collection, verification, and analysis of impact data. Our mission is to provide the purpose-driven economy with the ability to obtain a comprehensive view of past and predicted impact and ESG performance.
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:10 PM
We are pleased to announce Paul Elam as the keynote speaker for the 2022 virtual conference. The theme for this year’s conference is From Promise to Practice: Filling Your Equitable Evaluation Toolbox.
Cost: $40 non-members, $30 members, $20 students
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a common experience of trauma for all of us. It also exposed disparities by race/ethnicity, income, and localities in many pertinent areas of our lives, including health care services, access to technology, and effective education. During this traumatic time, many of us strengthened our commitment to evaluations that can contribute to better promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Last year, our annual conference theme examined how we can begin to name the beliefs, norms, and practices that prevent evaluation, research, and learning from being in service of and contributing to equity. We heard from our participants that the topic is critical, and applications are of utmost importance. Therefore, MAE’s 27th Annual Conference will continue the conversation about the promise of equitable evaluation with a focus on practice. We are specifically looking for submissions that provide practical evaluation tools and strategies for conducting evaluations in ways that contribute to equitable evaluation processes and equitable societal outcomes. Some examples include evaluation with hard to reach groups, participatory evaluation, storytelling, collective impact, use of media literacy strategies, data visualization, and evaluation of social change and community organizing initiatives.
If you are interested in becoming a conference sponsor, please visit our sponsorships page.
For questions, please contact the Conference Committee Co-chairs: Tomoko Wakabayashi
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ebony Reddock (email@example.com).
Driving Impact With Corporate Venture Building – How Established Companies Can Build New Growth and ImpactMarko Oksanen is CEO of Coventures and an experienced product leader. Marko has been involved in building digital products and ventures his whole career. As co-founder, product manager or venture designer he has been hands-on building 20+ fast growing digital ventures in Helsinki & Berlin. Now as Coventures CEO Marko has been in the deep end of Corporate Venture Building and has seen many different approaches for building impact in cooperation with established companies and entrepreneurs. In his talk he will share his learnings on how corporations can successfully build new ventures and which pitfalls to avoid.
What will you learn?
- What role corporate venture building can play in the impact ecosystem.
- Reasons why corporate venture building initiatives doesn’t succeedt.
- Different types of partners in corporate venture building ecosystem, why and when to partner with them.
All TBLI Circle Members (www.tblicircle.com) receive 40% discount. (15 euros instead of 25 euros).
Time: 9:00 AM EST | 15:00 CET
Across the Mekong subregion, enhancing environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards for large-scale development projects is becoming increasingly strengthened through collaboration between investors and lenders. In this third webinar of our Sustainable Finance Initiative series with The Asia Foundation, we’ll gauge the sustainability of development projects for financing through case studies from the region and look at global spatial applications for analyzing climate resilience and financing.
This webinar will be joined by experts from the USAID and Australia Mekong Safeguards Program, USAID Green Invest Asia, and USAID SERVIR-Mekong who will introduce tools, technology, and use cases that promote environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria for development through sustainable financing initiatives.
Participants will gain knowledge of new tools and technologies that enhance environmental and social standards when organizations invest in energy, agriculture, transport, and water projects in the Mekong subregion.
- United States Agency for International Development, Regional Development Mission for Asia
- Oliver Warner, Sustainable Finance Advisor, USAID and Australia Mekong Safeguards Program, The Asia Foundation
- John McGinley, Strategy Advisor, USAID Green Invest Asia, Mekong Strategic Partners
- Peeranan Towashiraporn, Chief of Party, USAID SERVIR-Mekong, The Asia Disaster Preparedness Center
Sponsored by:The Asia Foundation
Time: – (2:00 – 3:00 am UTC)
Until a decade ago, climate change adaptation was a concern mostly for vulnerable nations on the front lines of climate change, including small island developing states and least developed countries. Industrial nations, it seemed, minimized adaptation in favor of mitigation efforts.However, the escalation of recent climate change impacts, such as the severe 2021 floods in Belgium and Germany, and the wave of hurricanes that batter the US coastline each year, emphasize the need for both climate change mitigation and adaptation in nations throughout the world.Looking first at the ideas of mitigation and adaption, and then the contemporary need to integrate these two ideas, this webinar series seeks to understand how national governments have, or have not, addressed them. We will look at the political opposition to prioritizing climate adaptation over climate mitigation, how “agenda setter” priorities heavily emphasize one set of priorities over another, and how there is little overlap, in most nations, between mitigation and adaptation policies.Finally, this webinar series will examine the most pressing questions facing nations in the realm of climate change mitigation and adaptation: how can nations and the international community pay to mitigate and adapt at a more meaningful level? How can fossil fuel interests and the influence they exert be reduced so that space can be made for “green” industries and interests? In the world’s most vulnerable nations, how can climate change adaptation be addressed as separate from disaster relief management, which, at present, gets the most attention?
Sponsored by:American University School of Public Affairs
Time: – (5:30 – 7:00 pm UTC)