There was a lot of discussion and heightened interest in 2017 by institutional investors looking to align their investments with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a collection of 17 global goals adopted by the United Nations in late 2015. The broad goals are interrelated, covering a range of social and economic development issues, though each has its own targets to achieve by 2030. Objectives include targeting poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water sanitation, energy, environment, and social justice.1Read More
One of the questions we often hear from financial advisors who are considering adding impact/ESG investing strategies into client portfolios is, “Where do I start?” Where to start might seem like the most difficult stage but there are a multitude of resources and products in impact/ESG investing to make the initial step easier.Read More
As pioneers in the management of impact/ESG investing and fossil fuel free bond portfolios, the team at Community Capital Management (CCM) is committed to sharing thought leadership and educational perspectives. One space we have seen a need for these perspectives is in the research of bonds labeled as “green.”Read More
As pioneers in income impact investing and fossil fuel free bond portfolios, the team at Community Capital Management (CCM) is committed to sharing thought leadership and educational perspectives. One space we have seen a need for these perspectives is in the research of bonds labeled as “green.”Read More
During our Annual Impact Report Webinar on March 7, CCM’s Chief Impact Strategist, David Sand and Director of CRA & Impact Research, Jessica Botelho, discussed what makes the firm tick. The discussion included impact stories, case studies, and trends in impact investing.
Below we highlight a question asked during the Q&A portion of the webinar.
Q: Have you noticed any changes in the market in the last year related to tax & healthcare reform or other policies that have shifted interest in impact investing in your target geographies?Read More
As investors continue to invest in bonds labeled “green,” the team at Community Capital Management (CCM) is committed to sharing thought leadership and educational perspectives on the space. As pioneers in managing impact/ESG investments and fossil fuel free bond portfolios, we incorporate the “environmental” and “social” aspects of ESG investing in multiple elements of our investment process including a use of proceeds analysis for all impact investments, green bonds included.Read More
Lately, it seems as if high net worth, RIA, family office, and institutional investors may be seeing the world of bonds more and more through green-tinted glasses. In 2017, $155 billion of green bonds were issued, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), a nonprofit that promotes the debt market as a way to raise money for projects related to climate change. CBI expects $250 billion of green bonds to be issued this year, compared with just $3 billion issued in 2012. These figures cover “labeled” green bonds, but what does the label tell investors?Read More
On International Women’s Day, CCM is excited to share it has added yet another positive gender lens component to its fixed income impact investing strategy through customized mortgage pools that are providing capital exclusively to low- and moderate-income women AND minority borrowers. The fourteen loans span 11 states allowing minority women the opportunity for affordable homeownership.Read More
Racial inequalities in the housing market are still quite deep. In the decade from 2006 - 2016, African-American homeownership declined nearly 6 percentage points which is more than any other racial group and is double the decline among whites. African-Americans began that 10-year period with the lowest homeownership rate and at the end of the year, they still had the lowest.Read More