If an investment negatively impacts the environment and society, it is not an investment
This is most probably the most controversial blog post in the series “Resources for impact entrepreneurs”.
While more small and big companies incorporate sustainable practices, some of them do not seem to match environmental and social claims with measurable results. Although greenwashing is not a recent trend, it’s sad to see that it’s still used to mislead stakeholders and customers.
Researchers affirm that ‘’greenwashing could be better prevented with a combination of voluntary and mandatory aspects designed to promote CSR and regulate its application and communication’’. Let’s have our say.
The Startupper of the year by Total Challenge: supporting good ideas and projects that help address a widespread problem affecting communities in different countries.
Shell Foundation: supporting pioneering social enterprises and institutions that serve low-income communities across Africa and Asia lacking access to affordable energy and transport services.
GE Ventures: identifying, scaling, and accelerating ideas that will make the world work better; focus areas include energy and healthcare.
Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC: backing opportunities solving critical healthcare needs.
Future Energy Fund by Chevron: investing in breakthrough technologies that enable the ongoing energy transition to a greater diversity of sources.
Syngenta Ventures: investing in companies producing more crops with fewer resources.
BP “low carbon transition” Fund: funding new emissions reductions projects.
Exxon Mobil Foundation: Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative, a global effort that helps women fulfill their economic potential and drive economic and social change in their communities.
Denham Capital: financing companies and projects that are developed in a manner consistent with climate change, biodiversity, and human rights, are socially responsible and reflect sound environmental management practices.
AbbVie Ventures: investing in early-stage opportunities in immunology, oncology, and neuroscience.
Lilly Ventures: investing in great companies with compelling life science innovations that have the potential to create a pipeline of life-changing medicines.
Facebook for Business: Small Business Grants Program for Black-Owned Businesses.
Are any global/regional ‘’green sheen’’ opportunities missing? Please share the links in the comments below.
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