Categories for Field Notes

Field Notes: Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century

The United Nations Environment Programme's new study seeks to end the debate on whether fiduciary duty is a legitimate obstacle to greater ESG integration.

Field Notes: The Future of Accounting Standards

SEC Commissioner Kara Stein recently spoke on the importance of incorporating ESG factors in financial reporting. The Volkswagen debacle shows why.

Field Notes: ‘An Authentic Human Ecology’

Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change puts forth a vision of an economy that is familiar to the impact investing community.

Field Notes: Impact Funds and Financial Returns

Analysis by Cambridge Associates and Global Impact Investing Network shows that impact funds give returns similar to funds that only aim for profits.

Field Notes: The Good Jobs Score

MIT’s Zeynep Ton has followed up on her Good Jobs Strategy with a simple scoring methodology.

Field Notes: Selling Social Impact Data

Rick Jacobus of CoMetrics reports his findings on the problem of who should pay for social impact data.

Field Notes: A Focus on ‘Building Healthy Organizations’

The Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker discusses the evolution of the foundation and its new thinking on using operating support to bolster organizations.

Field Notes: GIIN Impact Base Snapshot

The Global Impact Investing Network offers up their first analysis of 310 impact funds, demonstrating a focus on finance, basic services and employment.

Field Notes: The Thorny Complexities of Impact Investing

Two articles in the Stanford Social Innovation Review delve into the difficulties of impact investing and why the traditional investment structure remains an obstacle.

Field Notes: Are Private Prisons Responsible Investments?

Impact investor Sonia Kowal takes a look at the problematic aspects of a privatized prison system and the ways that investors can help make a difference.