John Wilson McConnell, a Canadian businessman and philanthropist, founded the McConnell Foundation in 1937. The Montreal-based organization seeks to address social, cultural and environmental challenges through the use of impact investing and philanthropic grants. As of December 31st 2017, the Foundation had CA $650 million of assets under management.
The Foundation focuses on the following areas: Sustainable Food, Health, Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Affordable Housing, Civic Assets, Energy, Water and Indigenous Communities. By 2020, the McConnell Foundation seeks to invest 10% of its assets in impact investments. The organization invests for impact in two ways: Mission-Related Investments (investments aligned with the Foundation's mission and expected to have market or above-market returns) and Program-Related Investments (investments that further specific program objectives and that have a tolerance for below-market returns).
Bloomberg: Global socially responsible investments grew by 34 percent to $30.7 trillion over the past two years, lifted by Japanese pension funds, retail investors everywhere and broad, growing concern about climate change.
Opalesque: The Core Characteristics, which have been developed with input from leaders across the impact investing industry, will help investors understand the essential elements of impact investing, define the credibility of their practices, and consider the quality of the practices of potential investment partners.
UNDP: The potential of social impact bonds (SIBs) to contribute to an estimated US$2.5 – 3 trillionin annual investment for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has attracted increased attention over recent years.
IPE: ESG is on everybody’s lips these days but there are still no generally accepted standards as to what it really entails – or even what it means. Moreover, today’s investment management norms in a benchmark-focused world still materially constrain ESG actions.
IR Magazine: Petrochemical companies are facing pressure to disclose incidents where they have spilled plastic into the ocean, which leads to what is said to be a major source of pollution.
IPE: The Norwegian government is allowing the country’s NOK9trn (€932bn) sovereign wealth fund (SWF) to invest up to 2% of the fund’s value in unlisted renewable energy infrastructure.
IR Magazine: With the government’s gender pay gap reporting deadline of April 4 only two days away, UK asset management trade body the Investment Association (IA) has today launched a new report that looks into the make-up of the gender pay gap in the asset management sector.
The Sydney Morning Herald: Amid disagreement between investors over how best to structure executive pay packets, company directors say the regulator may need to help boards withstand short-term pressure from investors by encouraging a more "holistic" view of pay and performance.