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Blog - June & July 2021

June / July 2021 News, Events, and Resources from Net Impact Chicago

Theme:  Sustainable Finance and Investing 

Hello to everyone from Net Impact Chicago (NIC)

Wishing you a happy Pride Month, Juneteenth, Fathers' Day, and Solstice during an eventful time!

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Net Impact Chicago presents our June virtual event:

ESG: The Sustainable Investing Landscape

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central Time. Plus Time for Q&A.

More info and RSVP link here

Join us on June 23rd at 11 am CST as we explore the sustainable investing landscape as a whole and discuss the "how", "what", and "why" of this growing industry.  Topics Discussed:

  • History and evolution of responsible investing
  • How Environmental/ Social/ Governance (ESG) investing works
  • Practicality and applicability for a non-expert investor
  • The societal and environmental impacts of responsible investing
  • Responsible investing careers

Our speakers:

  • Sylvia Panek (Investment Advisor & Financial Planner at Natural Investments, LLC)
  • Dan Nielsen (Head of Product Management, ESG Indexes at Morningstar)

The panelists will discuss ESG investing and how it incorporates environmental, social, and corporate governance criteria into the investment process and evaluates how effectively companies address these issues. Yet, there is more than one-way investors can put the ESG discipline into practice, and sustainable/responsible/impact investors all have different goals for the application of ESG.  We look forward to seeing you soon and learning more about this topic!  RSVP TODAY via this link

June/ July Spotlight on Sustainable Investing and Finance 

The term “sustainable investing” encompasses ESG (short for “environmental, social, and governance”), socially responsible investing, and impact investing. Investors are looking for investments that reflect their own values and practices with Sustainability Ratings for funds and scores based on ESG factors. Below are sources for learning more…

Morningstar is headquartered in Chicago and is a financial services firm that offers investment research and data. Check out their Sustainable Investing Handbook.

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC) have formed a new alliance as the leading socially responsible business and impact investment group. Check out their weekly series NEXT Economy LIVE.

Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit leading the most influential investors and companies to transform the economy. Join them for their Sustainable Investment Forum North America 2021.

Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT is a locally based organic farmland finance company that provides farmer-friendly leases and mortgages to the next generation of organic farmers. Meet their farmers!


What We're Reading

  • Interested in Sustainable Investing? Here's What You Need to Know About Sustainable Funds  (Morningstar)

  • Video: Walk the Talk of Stakeholder Capitalism  (Harvard Business Review)

  • The Big Benefits of Employee Ownership  (Harvard Business Review)

  • Senegal architects ditch concrete for earth in revival of old techniques  (Reuters)

  • 3 things to know before you start a sustainability-based company  (Fast Company)

  • How Impact Investing Can Relieve the Rent Burden (Knowledge@Wharton)


Other Upcoming Virtual Events

Our next Blog update will be posted in August 2021. Watch our events page for future happenings, including hopefully a return to in-person events in mid September!


- Your Net Impact Chicago Leadership Team



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