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What Impact Investors Can Learn From Dirty Development

Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Accountability Counsel

As impact investors move into sectors that have traditionally dominated by industries with harmful social and environmental legacies, what can they learn from those experiences? This session explores the due diligence and operational rules that investors like the World Bank have developed over the past decades in sectors such as agribusiness, energy and even finance. It draws insight for impact investors regarding the pitfalls that come from due diligence failures and provides a framework for what a sound policy and accountability framework should look like for investments with human rights and environmental risk.
accountability, due diligence, environment, human rights, Impact Investing, impact measurement
Natalie Bridgeman Fields - Accountability Counsel
Andrea Armeni - Transform Finance David Pred - Inclusive Development International Joanna Levitt Cea - IDEX Joanne Bauer - SIPA

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Important Dates

  • June 14, 2017
    Final day to submit an idea.
  • June 15 - 29, 2017
    Commenting and voting period. All sessions open for voting.
  • June 30 - July 13, 2017
    Judging panel and final selection by SOCAP17 Content Team.
  • July 14, 2017
    Winning sessions announced to session organizers.


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