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Qualcomm® believes access to advanced wireless technologies can improve people’s lives. Qualcomm Wireless Reach™ is a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability.

www.qualcomm.com/wirelessreach

Clean Energy Advisors (CEA) provides asset management and financial advisory services to Impact Investors in the Sustainable Energy sector. CEA is focused on creating opportunities for investors to participate in the exceptional returns and positive social and environmental impact provided by Renewable Energy projects. We are dedicated to providing our clients access to financially rewarding investments while maintaining a primary focus on capital preservation. CEA is led by a group of financial industry executives with a passion for the environment and the social well-being of our planet. Having identified access to capital as the major hurdle slowing the advancement of renewable energy projects, the CEA team found a way to solve that problem by aggregating smaller projects to attract the attention of accredited investors, UHNW, family office, and institutional investors.

www.cleanenergyadvisors.net

Trillium Asset Management is the oldest independent investment advisor devoted exclusively to sustainable and responsible investing, managing equity and fixed income portfolios for individuals, foundations, endowments, and religious institutions since 1982. A leader in shareholder advocacy and public policy work, Trillium leverages the power of stock ownership to promote social and environmental change while delivering both impact and performance to our investors.

www.trilliuminvest.com

 

Pirelli & C. SpA, founded in 1872, is the fifth largest tire manufacturer in the world in terms of sales. Present in over 160 countries, Pirelli has 22 manufacturing sites and employs approximately 38,000 people around the world. Pirelli is recognized as a socially aware corporation that applies sustainable practices in everything from “green performance” products to providing a healthy environment for its workers and their families. The company has maintained leadership positions over many years in sustainable stock indexes such as the FTSE 4 Good Global and European STOXX sustainability index and the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe Indexes. Pirelli is the only tire manufacturer to be included in the Global Compact 100 sustainability stock index.

www.pirelli.com

Founded in 1984, Raffa is an accounting, consulting and technology firm based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to service and community. As a B-Corp certified, national Top 100, “Best of the Best” CPA advisory firm specializing in nonprofits and socially-responsible businesses, Raffa provides support to help organizations across the country effectively and efficiently manage their most critical processes. Offering a deep bench of expertise across an array of services, including accounting and tax, human resources, technology and consulting, Raffa’s client-centric, customized approach helps each client meet its potential and ensures each client’s success is sustained and maintained. Part of the Raffa Do More family, Raffa Social Capital Advisors, led by Tom Raffa and Rich Tafel, is matching social impact investors with social entrepreneurs who can successfully transform the world. RSCA vets potential businesses using a seven-step process and matches businesses they feel can succeed with interested investors. Businesses who are matched with investors receive a stipend, hands-on coaching and back-office support to help their idea become a reality.

www.raffa.com

 

Richmond Global is an investment firm. It began investing in emerging markets in 1995 in Santiago, Chile, and is one of the oldest growth stage technology venture firms to invest across five continents. The venture capital firm focus on companies in emerging markets that will generate significant wealth, jobs, and set an example for others to follow. The firm prefers to invest with entrepreneurs who “pay it forward” in their own commitment to fostering entrepreneurship. Richmond has worked with the same entrepreneurs on multiple ventures. In 2016, Richmond launched a global multi-asset fund dedicated to an sustainability and values-based investment philosophy.

www.rglobal.com

 

The CAIA Association, a non-profit organization founded in 2002, is the world leader and authority in alternative investment education. The Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate Program® is a natural extension of CAIA’s mission to provide solutions to specific market needs for alternative investment education. The CAIA Association is best known for the CAIA Charter®, an internationally recognized credential granted upon successful completion of a rigorous two-level exam series, combined with relevant work experience. Earning the CAIA Charter is the gateway to becoming a member of the CAIA Association, a global network of 7,700 alternative investment leaders located in 80+ countries, who have demonstrated a deep and thorough understanding of alternative investing. Having grown rapidly, the CAIA Association now supports vibrant chapters located in financial centers around the world and sponsors more than 120 educational and networking events each year.

www.caia.org

Family Office Insights is a voluntary, “opt-in” collaborative peer-to-peer community of single family offices, qualified investors and institutional investors.

A safe, private, curated environment where investors not only learn from experts, thought leaders and asset managers, but also from their peers. The private Family Office Insights investor community represents a wide spectrum of investment views and levels of investment knowledge. Family Office Insights community participants share a commitment to improving their understanding of the complexities of the financial landscape with their peers and seek to become more effective stewards of wealth.

www.familyofficeinsights.org

Ramblers Way farm is a premium brand of fine wool and pima cotton garments made sustainably in America. Founded in 2009 by Tom and Kate Chappell, also coincidentally founders of Tom’s of Maine in 1970, Ramblers Way fine worsted wool fabrics are made to innovate the use of wool for soft and lightweight application, such as next to skin. The pioneering family creates unique and distinctive clothing with the ease of a culture that has lived these values for two generations. The second generation of Chappell’s is actively involved in the leadership with Eliza Chappell, Designer; Chris Chappell, Ecommerce/Marketing; Nick Armentrout, Supply Chain Director. Available at www.ramblersway.com or at its premier concept store in Kennebunk, Maine. Ramblers Way plans to ramp up its concept in 10 new stores in New England and Northern California. Contact Tom Chappell for more information about its equity sale, tom@ramblersway.com

www.ramblersway.com

GoodCompany Ventures is developing a new program, Climate Ventures 2.0, in collaboration with the White House’s Climate Data Initiative. As announced by the White House in December 2014, Climate Ventures 2.0 will engage entrepreneurs to apply the scientific and technical resources of the Climate Data Initiative to global threats at the nexus of water and food security. Since the launch of GCV’s first accelerator program to serve high impact social entrepreneurs movement in 2009, GCV has earned a reputation as the “graduate school” for social entrepreneurs and its graduates have raised over $50mm in private capital to fuel their social missions. Compared to funds invested in our programming, this represents a return of over 700x to our donors. As a GCV is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, GCV has developed services for social entrepreneurs and the impact investors who fund them with support from Halloran Philanthropies, the Knight Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, Investors’ Circle and the Kind Foundation.

www.goodcompanyventures.org

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment provides a platform for generating, incubating and launching innovative action at the intersection of business and the environment
The Center convenes diverse resources and skillsets from across the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

cbey.yale.edu

 

Making resources count for the planet and those we share it with.

VegFund empowers vegan activists worldwide by funding and supporting effective outreach activities that inspire people to choose and maintain a vegan lifestyle.

Since 2009, VegFund grants have enabled activists to:

  •      –   Organize thousands of vegan outreach projects in dozens of countries.
  •      –  Distribute hundreds of thousands of vegan food samples and brochures.
  •      –  Show tens of millions of online viewers the benefits of veganism.

www.vegfund.org

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 16,495+ companies from 135 industries in 133 countries. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

www.csrhub.com

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Founded in 1990, VBSR is a statewide, non-profit business association with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines: economic, social, and environmental. Our 750+ members believe that business cannot be truly sustainable unless each of these areas are managed. Through education, public influence, and economic development, VBSR strives to help businesses set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of the state’s residents, while remaining profitable.

www.vbsr.org

Founded in 2009, 3BL Media is a corporate communications platform exclusively for the distribution of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news and content. The company works with corporations and non-profits to distribute multi-format media assets through social, traditional and new media channels. 3BL Media has grown organically and through acquisition, operating a network of focused, authoritative sites including CSRwire, Justmeans, SocialEarth, Ethical Performance and ReportAlert. Content issued by 3BL Media clients also appears on hundreds of thousands of Bloomberg and Reuters terminals.

www.3blmedia.com

Recently honored as one of the “Best LinkedIn Groups for Small Business,” this international discussion and networking group of 8000+ individuals from 100+ countries is focused on the “social entrepreneur 2.0” and the new business ecosystem that supports them. Impact entrepreneurs are pioneering businesswomen and men who have gone a step beyond creating companies that do good in the world to actively building and populating a new paradigm and infrastructure for business founded upon the rigorous application of blended value (i.e. certified triple bottom line). Impact entrepreneurs are systems thinkers who believe that a truly sustainable and just world can only be achieved by creating a wholly new continuum for business, and cooperatively build alliances with like-minded entrepreneurs, companies and investors in growing their businesses, strengthening the impact ecosystem, and transforming the world.