SDG Investing

Designing for a Radically Different Future & Financial System: A Vancouver Debrief

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values believes that banks play a critical role in solving the biggest problems of our time. We agree. Our founder, Carolien de Bruin, was invited to present our vision for a LinkedIn-like platform for purpose driven entrepreneurs to its 55+ members and to brainstorm how the GABV’s 55+ allied financial institutions can take the lead in connecting such entrepreneurs to the capital they need to succeed.

WHAT’s UP

As we enter the third decade of this century, humans face unprecedented challenges. For many years, society has put pressure on governments and multilateral institutions to solve the many unresolved issues that threaten our existence. But experience tells us that we cannot rely on them alone to put solutions in place. Transformation requires a coordinated effort of local, national and global authorities along with many private sector actors and the commitment and actions of informed citizens. And banks. The Global Alliance for Banking on Values believes that banking forms an important part of the solution. At the GABV’s 10 Year Anniversary Conference, 1000+ bankers, community organizations, and market builders like C-Change got together to explore how banking can solve the biggest problems of our time. Societal challenges that participants dove into: Migration, gender and diversity, and climate change. Three themes that are team is highly passionate to contribute to and - coincidentally - are part of the three investment areas that we will dive into as part of our #BIZ4SDGs platform roll out.

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TAKE AWAYS & EMERGING QUESTIONS ACCORDING TO CAROLIEN @cdebruin08:

First and foremost, the dialogue that the GABV was able foster, touching head and heart, while also pivoting into a real dialogue around what the GABV and its members could do to effectuate change. The touching story of Tima Kurdi, the aunt of the 3-year old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi, who was found on the Turkish shore late 2015, not having survived his flight from war with his family, linked to the work that cities like Los Angeles are doing to support migrants locally, and what banks are doing to finance refugee projects jointly created the urgency and practical handholds we all needed to get to action.

Relate to the topic of purpose or ‘value-based’ entrepreneurship, the banks I spoke with reinforced that - while they wish they could finance all the entrepreneurs that show up on their door step, their mandates but also the type of capital that they are able to provide, oftentimes doesn’t match their mandate. The problem: Many entrepreneurs are sent back into an unnavigable forest of investors to test their luck elsewhere. The good news: Retail banks like Triodos or Banca Etica are increasingly also figuring out what they can do to provide capital raising support, even to early stage businesses who from a purely commercial vantage point may not be as attractive yet and despite the fact that prevailing business economics make it difficult to do so. Up next if it were up to us: Team up with the GABV to put entrepreneurs back at the heart of all action and move to a world where they can attract the capital and support they need to succeed through a single impact profile. 

And finally - It continues to be extremely difficult to change the paradigm and move to a new values system. John Fullerton, president of the Capital Institute described his comprehensive vision for a regenerative economy, calling on participants to dare to take a systems approach to their work.

Check out the  Capital Institute

Check out the Capital Institute

IN CLOSING

Thank you GABV for hosting us & for your urgent call for action. We look forward to #connect4impact with you in the years ahead. One entrepreneur, and one city at a time. 

The 6 Market Gaps The Finance Sector Must Address To Help Meet The SDGs

The 6 Market Gaps The Finance Sector Must Address To Help Meet The SDGs

On 30 September 2015, the global community, represented by all 193 member states of the UN, adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Three months later, world leaders charted a new course in our battle against climate change with the Paris Agreement which – for the first time – brought all nations into a common cause to limit global temperature increases.

It's Time To Move: 5 Ways We Can Upgrade Our SDG Navigation Systems

It's Time To Move: 5 Ways We Can Upgrade Our SDG Navigation Systems

We invite you to visit the streets of New York during the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the annual meeting where leaders from across the world, from all sectors and all impact domains, come together to expedite their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These leaders and their entourages converge on the same stretches of congested, restricted-access roads. Traffic barely moves and a lack of signposting means they often struggle to determine the conversations in which to take part and whom to join in action.

Valuing Voices: Why The 2030 Agenda Starts With “Them”

Valuing Voices: Why The 2030 Agenda Starts With “Them”

For 50 years we have tried our best to ‘develop’ ‘less developed countries’ (LDCs). Increasingly, a realization has kicked in that doing ‘development’ for partners and participants through top-down funding, implementation, monitoring and evaluation is inherently certain to fail to break the cycle of inequality. Increasingly, a conviction has emerged that those who control the resources needed to break this cycle; ‘we’ need to be led by ‘them’.

Time For A New Normal In Global Capital Markets: Advancing Investment In The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Time For A New Normal In Global Capital Markets: Advancing Investment In The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Last week, national governments, business, and civil society leaders came together at the United Nations’ High-level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York. With C-Change, we were asked to address attendees to the SDG Business Forum following our report SDG Investing: Advancing A New Normal in Global Capital Markets. The report, jointly commissioned by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), reviews prevalent barriers to investing in social and environmental impact and begins to describe the toolkit that the public sector can tap into, to trigger change.