Catching Our Eye | May 18

‘Catching Our Eye’ is a monthly collection of curated content from Invest for Better. This collection was featured in our May 18, 2023 e-newsletter.

Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy (WISE) is celebrating its 11th anniversary this month. Founded in April 2012, the WISE community was established as an informal gathering of like-minded women (pioneers!) in sustainable and impact investing. Members come from different professional pursuits and motivation but all are united by our purpose statement centered around building meaningful connections and supporting each other.

“What we found is what we hypothesized initially when we were pitching it, which is that there’s a significant amount of loyalty with people who feel like their company has gone way out of their way during a time that was very important to them” – a quote from Samanntha DuBridge, vice president of global benefits, culture, and engagement at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, speaking about why the company offers such robust paid parental leave policies. View article here.

To mark Stanford Social Innovation Review’s 20th anniversary, the world’s leading researchers, thinkers, and practitioners contribute their thoughts on the future of social innovation. Crystal Hayling, Executive Director of The Libra Foundation, contributed “A Vision for the Future of Philanthropy” writing “The people and planet are demanding that we let go of practices that no longer serve us.” View article here.

Leslie Samuelrich, President of Green Century Funds, was named to the new list of Barron’s 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance, joining the ranks of prominent women including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and other notable names in finance. From Green Money: “Samuelrich has been an articulate and powerful voice in promoting SRI for the past 10 years.” See article here.

Join Portfolia virtually as Trish Costello, Portfolia’s CEO, along with FemTech III Lead Partners, Jennifer Fried and Lauri Kien Kotcher, discuss the latest innovations in the FemTech and women’s health sectors in “Investing in Innovations in Women’s Health: What’s New in FemTech?”. Happening Thursday, May 18, 2023 11:00 am PT, you can register for the event here.

Sustainability measures go hand-in-hand with financial performance according to a new report by Bain & Company and EcoVadis. The report looks at 100,000 companies finding that those with higher employee satisfaction, renewable energy usage, and sustainable supply chains also perform higher on financial measures like revenue growth and profits. View report here.

Chief, a private membership network focused on conne cting and supporting women executive leaders, shares statistics on the impact of anti-Jewish tropes in its article “85% of Americans Believe an Anti-Jewish Trope. Here’s How the Bias Is Creeping Into the Workplace”. View article here.

“How electrification became a major tool for fighting climate change” from the New York Times has some great information graphics that help look at how Americans use energy today and how, by 2050, electricity would play a much bigger role in addressing the climate crisis. View article here.

ImpactAlpha identifies the following signs that impact investing is maturing: the use of bonds for community development finance (LISC’s Christina Travers and Kathleen Keefe), cultural arts (Deloitte’s Adriano Picinati di Torcello) and green academic buildings (HIP’s Srdana Pokrajac); follow-on emerging-market impact funds (Jessica Pothering); and “net zero” alliances among leading venture capital firms.