Topic: Fresh Water

Fresh Water Articles

John Tobin Advises Bridging the Rift between Banks and NGOs

Environmental NGOs and banks are both increasingly interested in conservation as a business opportunity. However, in the past, they have sometimes had an adversarial relationship. Their approaches to financing have also differed. In this interview, John Tobin-de la Puente, former managing director and global head of sustainability at Credit Suisse, said that partnerships between banks and NGOs are evolving toward mutual exploration of business opportunities. However, a substantial rift remains between these two types of organizations. The divide is political, pragmatic and programmatic. To reach large-scale solutions, Tobin said, NGOs must work with profit-motivated businesspeople.

Four Areas to Consider as You Dive into Program-Related Investing

More and more foundations are turning to program-related investments (PRIs) to meet their goals. While each foundation does it differently, the successful ones are looking closely at their strategies for staffing, sources of PRI funding, ways to identify investable projects, and options for locating co-investors. Rather than starting from scratch when making these decisions, foundations should look to successful case studies and industry organizations to help ease their own transition to PRIs. These are some of the key findings from a July 12 report: “How Foundations Can Use Program-Related Investments to Address Water Challenges,” by Yale School of Forestry and...

Amplifying the Investor Voice in Corporate Water-Risk Discussions

Companies and investors can both take steps to promote regular and substantive conversations about corporate water risk. At Ceres Conference 2016 in Boston on May 4, Monika Freyman, director of the Water Program at Ceres, led a session in which 100 investors, corporate representatives, and social-sector leaders showed remarkable unity on this topic. Both the panelists and audience members agreed that two of the primary goals should be to have companies disclose the water risks in their value chains and to work together to develop mandatory, standardized, and sector-specific water disclosure requirements. So where are the pain points in the...

Stormwater Credits in D.C. Could Provide a Blueprint for Other Cities

Taking advantage of a unique credit-trading program in Washington, D.C. that could be replicated in other cities, The Nature Conservancy has partnered with Encourage Capital and Prudential Financial to set up a $1.7-million loan for stormwater management to protect the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. The investment will reduce water pollution, develop rain gardens, and cool urban heat islands. It will also prevent flooding due to climate change and severe weather.

Colorful Software Facilitates Corporate Conservation Investment

It can be a murky process for managers to delve into the performance of their corporate investments in environmental conservation and track their outcomes. Now, two tools, IRIS and iPAR, can work together to provide a visually attractive way to watch how these investments are performing. iPAR was released for public use on April 26.