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Profile: Humanitec

The German-based company Humanitec is a real youngster – established in April this year and a newcomer to the Social Stock Exchange – but one with tremendously adult aspirations. Kaspar von Grünberg is one of its managing directors and I asked him to give a succinct view about what it is Humanitec does – I … Read more

News In Brief 31 July 2017

BBC The UK Government and the energy regulator, Ofgem, say that consumers might save up to £40 billion by 2050 as a result of changes to the way that electricity is produced, used, and stored. New rules will make it easier for individuals to generate their own power with solar panels, store it in batteries, … Read more

Takestock granted membership of the Social Stock Exchange

London, July 28th 2017 – the Social Stock Exchange – society’s market for impact investing – has today announced that Takestock (www.takestock.com) has been approved as a member following the ratification of its impact report by the independent Admissions Panel. Takestock is a B2B digital market for the food industry enabling customers to trade surplus … Read more

Nordic Blue Crude granted membership of the Social Stock Exchange

London, July 26th, 2017 – the Social Stock Exchange – society’s market for impact investing – has today announced that Nordic Blue Crude (www.nordicbluecrude.no) has been approved as a member following the ratification of its impact report by the independent Admissions Panel. Nordic Blue will produce carbon neutral synthetic E Fuels, using renewable inputs including hydro electricity, water … Read more

Profile: Procredit

Can you think of a bank that offers a course on ‘The Rise and Decline of the Roman Republic’? Can you nominate a bank that might even think that offering such a course to its management trainees might make good sense for its business? Neither could I, until I encountered ProCredit Holding and its group … Read more

The tea estates being revitalised in the mountains of Darjeeling

In northern India, the Ambootia Tea Group (DOTEPL) is using social impact investment to boost financial security and improve the livelihoods of its employees.   In India, tea estate owners are legally obliged to support their employees by offering them basic necessities such as housing, social care and fair wages. Yet when these plantations fail, … Read more

Social Stock Exchange Quarterly Update

Our last quarterly update was published just ahead of the Easter break, and it’s fair to say that the political landscape – especially when it comes to social equality – has shifted dramatically over the last three months. The snap general election delivered a result which couldn’t have been much further from the originally predicted … Read more

Profile: Discovered

“About two years ago I was talking to my daughter, who was nine at the time. She was really upset about elephants being killed for ivory and she wanted to do something about it. She said: ‘I’m nine, so what can I do about stuff happening in Africa?’ So I tried to inspire her and … Read more

News In Brief 17 July 2017

CARBON DISCLOSURE PROJECT        The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) published the Carbon Majors Database and reported the 100 biggest emitters of CO2 emissions by fossil fuel producers over the past 30 years. It asserts that since 1988 the top six greatest emissions have come from (in descending order) the Chinese coal industry; Saudi Aramco; Gazprom, National … Read more

Profile: Oikocredit

    So much attention is focused on Oikocredit’s good works that it’s easy to forget it is also a business. In 2016 – its 41st year of operations – Oikocredit became quite a chunky business too, surpassing €1 billion in development financing, according to its latest 88-page financial report. Its total investments increased by … Read more

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A very special female brand of Brazilian organic Fairtrade coffee

What does an organic Fairtrade specialty coffee and social impact investing have to do with empowering some of the poorest women in the world? In rural Minas Gerais, Brazil’s biggest … Read more

Investment in smallholder farmers is key to reducing poverty AND feeding the world

According to United Nations estimates, the world population is expected to grow from around 7 billion currently to more than 9 billion by 2050. This means that farmers around the … Read more