Currently, over 90% of all disposed plastic material within the United States is not recycled. If present recycling trends continue, by 2050, there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills around the world. The global packaging industry has traditionally been one of the largest contributors to this problem. Given that the e-commerce retail industry is continuing to grow exponentially, it is clear that this issue is not going away.
As consumer awareness surrounding the negative impacts of traditional packing practices rises, sustainable packaging companies are quickly scaling. More and more retail companies have already begun exercising biodegradable packaging solutions. The green packaging market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.7% and reach nearly $300 billion by 2024. Impact investors looking to realize impressive financial gains and positive environmental impact are swiftly capitalizing on this expanding market.
This webinar will feature Charlie Schwarze of The Recycling Partnership, Andrew Meyer of AeroFlexx, and Michael Bilodeau of HS Manufacturing. They will discuss the latest market trends and emerging technologies in the sustainable packaging industry, and how investors can identify which innovative products will dominate the market.
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What makes community investment impactful?
Community development financial is commonly understood to have a focus on improving the lives of low-income or marginalized people regardless of where they live.
As per GIIN, “Investing in home mortgages, small businesses, consumer loans to low-income households, affordable housing projects, and community facilities deliver social benefits to low income or marginalized communities while also generating a financial return. Research shows that benefits include improved physical and mental health, healthier childhood development, reduced government spending, improved standard of living, improved community health, and stronger local economies.”
As a community development financial institution (CDFI), Capital Plus Financial provides capital to markets identified as underserved by the community. Capital Plus Financial believes that homeownership in these underserved markets will result in a positive economic and social impact on the community.
Join us to an inspiring conversation with Eric Donnelly, CEO of Capital Plus Financial and Lorena Rodriguez from Sopact.
Topics to be discussed are,
1) What drives Capital Plus Financial to embark on an Impact Management journey?
2) What are the challenges they overcame while building the impact strategy?
3) What challenges did they face while collecting impact evidence and listening to the stakeholders?
4) How impact evidence will support Capital Plus on raising more capital and relating to their investors/funders?
The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) will share insights from its 2019 annual report during the 5th annual State of the Sector webinar, taking place Wednesday, July 24th at 10AM ET. The webinar will feature representatives from CSAF and its data partner, MIX.
The international community is in agreement about the imperative for generating large scale private sector finance and deploying these funds towards development challenges. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a succinct set of aspirational goals. Impact investment, with its dual focus on financial returns and social impact, has the potential to contribute to achieving the SDGs. In this webinar, we will discuss with leaders in the impact investment community:
- Approaches to building collaboration across divides and cultures that separate large institutional investors, specialist impact investment firms, philanthropies and development finance institutions DFIs
- Status report on efforts to gain traction on applying impact investment principles to global development
- Perspectives on ensuring good governance of the global impact investment community, to better achieve adherence and commitment to accountability, representation and diversity
- Track record and good practice in extending field building efforts to under-reached areas of the world and an understanding of the enabling factors to encourage impact investment
- Communication strategies to capture the attention of millennials and youth
This webinar is the final in a series of three programs focused on diversity, inclusion and accountability in impact investment designed in collaboration with Gillian Marcelle of Resilience Capital Ventures LLC. For more information on the series, visit this link.
Join SAP, WE Communications, Points of Light, and IMPACT2030 Thursday, July 11 at 11:00 am EST as PYXERA Global hosts the webinar Collaborating for Impact: Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals through Corporate Service.
Companies leading the way in this multipurpose employee engagement approach aren’t doing it alone. These organizations are providing the platforms for businesses of all sizes to collaborate and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Together, these partnerships provide a means for companies to deliver on vision and purpose.
Join to learn employee engagement programs best practices such as:
Integrating your program with social impact priorities such as the Sustainable Development Goals;
Collaborating with other companies to accelerate impact on your business, employees, and communities;
Engaging in cross-corporate initiatives where you can get immediately involved; and
Leading trends in employee engagement and pro bono.
A recent state of practice report identifies 74 social protection policies and programs in sub-Saharan Africa with a Savings Group component. Savings Groups are increasingly promoted by social safety net programs as a safe place to save, build resilience, and support the transition of beneficiaries to stable livelihoods.
Based on the findings of the report, the SEEP Network is facilitating a Peer Learning Group (PLG) to explore the Role of Savings Groups in Supporting Graduation from Social Safety Nets. The PLG brings together senior government representatives from five countries (Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tanzania) and two partner NGOs (Trickle Up, and The BOMA Project) responsible for the design and implementation of social protection programs that promote Savings Groups.
This webinar will present three examples of social protection programs that are integrating Savings Groups (SGs) to promote formal financial inclusion and support the graduation from social safety nets. Government representatives from Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania will also discuss the challenges and opportunities of linking SG beneficiaries to formal financial institutions.
As some organizations pursue financial inclusion as their ultimate goal, others are driving toward financial health or the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Meanwhile, financial institutions and fintechs are aiming to profitably serve low-income markets.
In the face of these trends, we can’t help but ask: What is financial inclusion for?
Financial Inclusion: For What? What For? is a call to action for our community to reexamine our goals and renew efforts to achieve them. During Financial Inclusion Week this year, October 21-25, 2019, we invite you to convene around this question to reexamine, redefine, and align our goals.
Now in its 5th year, Financial Inclusion Week is an opportunity to strengthen the diverse community of players involved in building a more inclusive financial ecosystem.
The objectives of Financial Inclusion Week are:
- To bring the entire financial inclusion community together to explore issues of financial inclusion beyond access
- To create leadership opportunities among diverse stakeholders
- To create dialogue and community
- To foster partnership and coordination within the financial industry
Asia is becoming an impact investing powerhouse, representing both the world’s fastest growing population of super wealthy and some of the world’s most challenging social and environmental problems. In South and Southeast Asia alone, impact investing is on track to surpass $100B in the next couple of years. Yet this growth is not uniform, with diverse markets presenting unique investment opportunities.
In Indonesia, investors are betting big on over 300,000 mission-focused, next-gen entrepreneurs, while in India, social innovation is driving a rush of funds to the space—an astounding $5.2B from 2010 to 2016. In the Philippines, a vibrant social entrepreneurship ecosystem is maturing alongside a fast growing economy, while in China, the pressure is on for tech giants Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent to spur financial inclusion and sustainable development. Join us for a webinar to learn about the opportunities emerging in Asia’s impact investing landscape, the latest trends in investor behavior, and exciting developments in innovative finance.