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Collaborative Capitalism and the Rise of Impact Investing [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Clark , Jed Emerson , Ben Thornley
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Book Description

Investing with the explicit goal of creating financial returns alongside measurable social and environmental benefits is catching fire. Wall Street's biggest players are rushing to provide clients with access to new impact investing options, amid growing consumer demand and evidence that the approach can be successfully executed. Recent research on outstanding impact investing funds has revealed a mature practice, vibrant with commercial investors, providing stable, predictable returns to their investors as well as supporting the creation of millions of jobs and other tangible outcomes in markets overlooked by traditional asset managers.

And yet, the individuals and organizations committed to impact investing are just the tip of the iceberg in a larger movement. This includes the growing field of social enterprise, where market-based solutions can go beyond what government and philanthropy can do to directly address society's problems. And it includes institutional investors who have utilized impact screens and shareholder activism as a risk reduction strategy over the past 30 years.

Collaborative Capitalism and the Rise of Impact Investing sees these movements as signs of a much more fundamental shift, as finance as a whole responds to an increased consumer demand for market transparency—the need to know exactly what we are buying, where and how it was made, and who it affects. By putting a lens on the underlying practices that bridge impact investing and risk mitigation finance, the book outlines the transformation in finance itself, driven by more cross-sector, transparent relationships in the service of creating long-term value for multiple stakeholders, not just shareholders.

Product Details

  • File Size: 963 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1118862996
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The movement around a new approach to business that puts people and planet at the centre, alongside profit is picking up momentum. Virgin Unite, founded by Richard Branson, is always on the hunt for catalysts to help speed this movement up, and the new book "Collaborative Capitalism and the Rise of Impact Investing" is a great example of one of those catalysts. The beauty of the book is that is takes a holistic look at a new way of doing business and shows that the movement is far larger and more important than ever before –putting collaboration, wisdom and empathy back at the heart of capitalism.
Jean Oelwang, CEO Virgin Unite, Partner Virgin Group
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a great balance of in-depth insights and ease of absorption. The authors make a clear case that business and financial services are becoming more and more aware of the communities, environment, and people that surround them, incorporating a longer term view of risk and reward in their decision making processes.

I read this immediately after reading Michael Lewis' Flash Boys, and I have to say, if that was the equivalent of the capital markets' devil on the shoulder, Collaborative Capitalism was the angel. CC gave me hope that there are enlightened leaders across business and finance that are not purely driven by short-term profits and arbitrage opportunities, but are keenly aware of how they operate within a larger, longer-term global context.

This is a perfect, quick read for those who already care deeply about using the power of business for good, and an even better read for those who are skeptical about this shift in mindset.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to Investing with Impact! July 10, 2014
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Great insight about where the world of investing is moving. Younger generations (Millennials specifically) want more than making a good profit! Can't wait to read the next one.
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