Is microfinance true impact investment?

Here is Part 2 of a two-part article co-authored by Mal Warwick, Paul DiLeo, and Paul Polak for Devex.com.  Is it possible for the microfinance industry to attract enough capital if it refocused its mission and objectives on the overriding goal of …

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Reducing environmental impact is smart business

In the early days of Corporate Social Responsibility, that label was generally taken to imply doing something about a company’s environmental impact. Though the more serious practitioners of CSR have long since expanded their efforts into other areas, the environment was …

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Do impact investors expect too much?

The history of microfinance shows how far off-mission social enterprise can go under the weight of massive investment. By Mal Warwick, Paul DiLeo, and Paul Polak Today, microfinance is estimated to be a $68 billion industry worldwide, with a track …

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In business for good, what goes around, comes around

Call it “corporate social responsibility,” “socially responsible business,” the Triple Bottom Line, or any one of a dozen other terms of art to characterize how entrepreneurs and established businesses alike are adopting new ways in a search for long-term sustainability …

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Does business always exploit the poor?

By Paul Polak and Mal Warwick We recognize that a great many readers of our book, The Business Solution to Poverty, might fear that the big companies we advocate building — the “new breed of multinational corporations” we write about — would …

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How to end poverty

Paul Polak and Mal Warwick’s award-winning book, The Business Solution to Poverty, highlights 20 “takeaways” that encapsulate much of the book’s essence. Today we’re featuring the first of those takeaways. Future posts will include others.  We believe there is one …

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Mission? Vision? Values? Forget It.

By Cheryl Heller We’re reprinting the following post because it probes the heart of the question faced by any entrepreneur setting out to design a new business venture: how do you determine what is paramount in the enterprise, and how …

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