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Each week, we compile and summarize the top 5 articles on corporate social impact, impact investing, and conscious capitalism from around the world, and deliver it to your inbox every Saturday morning for you to enjoy and digest.  

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U.N. LAYING DOWN STANDARDS THIS WEEK FOR RESPONSIBLE CORPORATE BEHAVIOR

Sustainable growth has been a growing concern for the U.N. and has become an increasingly popular investing style. Sustainable Development Goals have become buzz-worthy enough in the markets to merit their own bonds — a market that is small now but projected by one fixed income expert to reach into the trillions someday. At this week's General Assembly, top U.N. officials and global dignitaries spent an afternoon discussing SDGs and how corporations can fit in.


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CORPORATE SPOTLIGHT: CARGILL


Getting broad internal buy-in on sustainability is a challenge most companies face. Wherever the impetus for sustainable business comes from, pushing it out to the entire organization can be a significant barrier to success. Earlier this year, Cargill, the giant food and ag company and the largest private corporation in the United States, held a sustainability summit to begin to address that challenge — to great success.


BUSINESS LEADERS CAN SUPPORT BETTER GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

As attention focuses on the UN general assembly in New York, it’s important to remember that in a global economy, America’s relationship with the world does not depend solely on the state of politics along Pennsylvania Avenue. The ties that bind nations together today are deeply connected to trade and investment. Diplomatic relations are often grounded in economic relations, and while chief executives are not diplomats, they can be voices for co-operation on a wide range of issues in which the private sector can play a constructive role, from security to climate change. That dialogue cannot replace official diplomatic channels, but it can help affirm America’s commitment to our allies in concrete ways. Actions taken by private companies can often carry more weight than words spoken by public officials.


THERE ARE NO EXCUSES FOR PUTTING OFF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
 

When an entrepreneur first starts their business, it often becomes their sole focus. They become preoccupied with finding the right team and growing the company as quickly as possible. But it's important to remember what's going on outside of the company as well. Read more about how real life companies balance giving back to their community with their day-to-day business.


IMPACT INVESTING

Credit Suisse has set up a new department to nurture socially conscious investing, the latest effort by a major bank to cater for growing demand for impact investing. Swiss rival UBS this year also raised $325 million for a private equity fund focused on impact investing.


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INTRODUCING MARIE MAE'S LIVE WORKSHOPS

We are bridging the gap between business and social impact.

The Marie Mae workshop is a two-day intensive training course developed specifically for business owners and C-level executives. Offered once a month, the workshop assists companies in building out an integrated social impact strategy that aligns their business strategy as a whole. We help you identify where your business can uniquely make an impact in the marketplace and appeal to internal and external stakeholders. Utilizing the 5-part Marie Mae Method, we create an implementation plan for your business, and discover key metrics to track effectiveness.

Our next workshop is October 16-17. We would love for you to join us!


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