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Retirement planning is one of the most ubiquitous types of investing. There’s a good chance that you and lots of people you know have a 401(k) or similar retirement plan because it just makes good financial sense. Retirement planning is making your money “work for you.”
But, as is true in so many systems, there’s a dark side to retirement planning. If your retirement plan has your money invested in corrupt businesses or industries, you could be inadvertently funding the further destruction of the planet or harm to communities and workers.
This week, we had a chance to chat with investing experts about ethical retirement planning and the options employers and employees have to pursue ethical options.
New Article: Is Your Retirement Plan Invested According to Your Values?
If you have a retirement plan, such as a 401(k), congratulations: You’re an investor. But do you know what you’re invested in? ESG investing (“ESG” stands for environmental, social, and governance) offers new layers of information to financial managers as well as investors — information about how companies are prioritizing the environment, communities, workers, and ethical business practices. We spoke with two experts about the current ESG investing landscape, what it currently has to offer investors, and how employers and employees can make ESG investing part of their retirement plans.
ESG & the Transformation of Business Education in the Fashion Industry
We talked to Fordham University’s Responsible Business Coalition’s Executive Director Frank Zambrelli about the transformation of business education to cater to the growing focus on ESG investing – particularly in the fashion industry.
Podcast Episode You’ll Love
Meet Steward, the Innovative Online Lending Platform Helping Fund the Growth of Regenerative Agriculture | We speak with Dan Miller, Founder and CEO of Steward on creating an innovative online lending platform that helps fund the growth of regenerative agriculture for the next generation of regenerative farmers.
Leading the Way
Learn more about impact investing as a catalyst for mental health awareness and solutions from Joshua Haynes, Managing Partner at Masawa Fund, here.
Discover Impact Investors from Around the World
Causeartist designed impactinvestor.io to help early-stage and growth-stage impact entrepreneurs discover investors and accelerators that share their vision and values within a particular sector.
What’s Inspiring Us
- How to Start Impact Investing with Beth Bafford (SOCAP) | Beth Bafford of Calvert Impact Capital walks through her experience shifting her personal portfolio to impact.
- Impact Investing: Proven Financial Instruments And Strategies Beyond ESG (Forbes) | Investors looking for best practices to create Profit & Impact can find inspiration from expert leaders in the field of Sustainable & Impact Investing, across asset classes at the base of the spectrum of capital. There is still hope! We only need more investors to “walk the talk” at every level.
- Why impact investors should pay attention to practices, not just performance (ImpactAlpha) | Most of us were taught growing up that the ends don’t justify the means. It matters how you go about achieving your goals.
- Social Impact Summer Connector | July 29 | Be Social Change’s annual online facilitated networking party, connecting purpose-driven professionals driving impact around the world.
- Cultivating Intentional Workplace Communities | August 12 | This Bioneers-hosted 2-hour conversation is a step toward cultivating a nourishing and intentional workplace where safety, inclusivity, emotional health, equality, and justice are available to everyone.
- SPECTRUM21 Virtual: Color of Money | September 22 | A half-day event on the importance of finance and race with a range of conversations focused on the need to diversify fund managers, a call for more investment in Black and Brown entrepreneurs and closing the wealth gap.
- Sustainable Brands 2021 | October 18-21 | Taking place in San Diego, SB’21 offers inspiration, resources, and guidance toward unlocking the power of regenerative business.
Product of the Week: Elvis & Kresse Messenger Bag
Upcycling FTW: The Elvis & Kresse Messenger Bag is made from genuine decommissioned fire hose and has a reclaimed Burberry black cotton and military-grade parachute silk lining.
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