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Tony Hsieh Was a Widely Admired, Wildly Successful Entrepreneur. But He Struggled to Find Real Happiness

Tony Hsieh Was a Widely Admired, Wildly Successful Entrepreneur. But He Struggled to Find Real Happiness The final year of life for the co-founder of Zappos was, unfortunately, a familiar story of entrepreneur isolation. Studies show why this is critical to your investments and your portfolio of founders.

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Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

This is an exciting time for social innovation. Billions of dollars are flowing into philanthropy, market-driven solutions and social entrepreneurship are flourishing, and social impact consulting and impact investing have become established professions. Yet, in Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, Anand Giridharadas, a former New York Times foreign correspondent, explains why we should not be so quick to celebrate these advances.“Business elites are taking over the work of changing the world,” Giridharadas observes. “Many believe they are changing the world when they may instead—or also—be protecting a system that is at the root of the problems they wish to solve.”

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Impact and Return... not Impact versus Return

Why should responsible investing mean sacrificing return? At SheTransacts, as for many academics and for the UN PRI, responsible investing means enhancing returns. If words mean something, let’s introduce another nuance. We like to invest for impact, as does an ever-growing proportion of investors. We welcome the investment world’s next step. In Impact Investing, the underlying business model is the impact — goods or services designed to meet a societal need, either social or environmental. These companies economic and financial performance are linked to their social or environmental missions. We believe that pursuing environmental and/or social returns simultaneously with financial returns yields a more efficient outcome than treating this goals separately.

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Women and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Gender equality is a right. Fulfilling this right is the best chance we have in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from economic crisis and lack of health care, to climate change, violence against women and escalating conflicts.Women are not only more affected by these problems, but also possess ideas and leadership to solve them. The gender discrimination still holding too many women back, holds our world back too. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders in 2015, embody a roadmap for progress that is sustainable and leaves no one behind. Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is integral to each of the 17 goals. Only by ensuring the rights of women and girls across all the goals will we get to justice and inclusion, economies that work for all, and sustaining our shared environment now and for future generations.

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New ESG reporting metrics released by World Economic Forum

The “stakeholder capitalism metrics,” including ESG indicators and disclosures for financial markets, investors, and society, are designed to make benchmarking sustainable business performance easier.A World Economic Forum publication encourages companies to report on the full set of metrics in their mainstream reporting. The publication recommends that each company apply its own view of dynamic materiality, reporting on what is deemed material to its business and stakeholders.

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6 Methods to Consider When Choosing an ESG Investing Strategy

A growing number of investors are interested in Environmental, Social and Governance investing, known as ESG. That term is becoming more common, but ESG still means different things to different people. While some investors are drawn to the socially responsible side of ESG investing — a more emotionally- driven, morals-based approach that aims to create a portfolio that aligns with the investor’s values — others approach ESG factors as a way to evaluate risks and opportunities and create more sustainable portfolios.

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How SheTransacts Came to Be: A Founder First Fundraising Collective

“We thought if investors can invest together then what about founders raising together? It was a crazy idea, one so crazy that it may actually work!” says Alexis Snelling CEO of SheTransacts. Read more about how the collective began and the founders first principles behind SheTransacts.

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SheTransActs Is Sustainable Investing

Studies show that investments in women, and investments in sustainable businesses, create larger returns than other investments. If conscious investing is important to you — if you care about diversity, saving the environment and creating a more inclusive society — then you will want to hear about SheTransActs. It’s a way to invest and seek returns you expect while staying true to your values.

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