Measuring impact, to finance the future

2022-23 Scale-up project   Overview  Measuring non-financial impact is difficult, particularly across business activities, countries, and even more so in the Global South, and for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s). This prevents financing decisions being made that are informed by more than profit metrics, and current data, and regulatory requirements exclude and/or disadvantage MSME’s. … Continued

SDG Impact

Current environmental and social crises are the result of businesses & investors systematically making decisions that do not consider people and the planet. We need new systems and a concerted push to enable these actors to direct financial flows towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The collaborative SDG Impact initiative has devised a bold, actionable … Continued

Empowering Women through Careers in Tech

At Laboratoria, we empower women who dream of a better future to start and grow transformative careers in technology by providing a 6 month bootcamp in technical and life skills. We have trained 2,500 women as web developers and UX designers who have gone on to fill the talent and gender gap in tech, and … Continued

Sustainable Growth via Responsible Capital

Illicit forest economies and environmental crime are taking a heavy toll on the environment, as well as on the lives and livelihoods of those who dwell in the Amazon. The Igarapé Institute addresses these issues by not only shedding light on the ecosystem of environmental crime in the region, but also by strengthening governance and … Continued


Africa is a world leader when it comes to female entrepreneurship. Women entrepreneurs are the backbone of African economies, accounting for 58% of the continent’s self-employed population and making up a large part of micro, small and medium-sized businesses especially in agriculture, and food production, trade, tourism, care, fashion, and general services. Unfortunately, women business … Continued

Women’s Entrepreneur Acceleration Initiative

Entrepreneurs are solving critical challenges affecting gender equality, such as financial inclusion and healthcare, that have only been exacerbated by Covid-19. Yet women entrepreneurs who have experienced such inequalities first-hand often do not receive the resources needed to scale their businesses and solutions. In emerging markets, women-led startups receive only 11% of seed funding and … Continued

Digital Accountability Process

The initiative aims to encourage organizations to adapt and improve their internal culture and process to increase online trust and the safety of internet users. In the longer term, the Digital Accountability Process will provide independent evidence to regulators, companies, and their stakeholders about organizational progress and challenges in digital responsibility. A first accountability report … Continued

Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI)

The Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) improves the quality of jobs in multinational companies’ operations and supply chains by enhancing corporate transparency and accountability, supporting SDG 8: decent work for all. Founded in 2016 by NGO ShareAction and supported by an international investor coalition, WDI promotes disclosure of impactful metrics related to working conditions and engages … Continued

Social Entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean

The project aims to promote the development of the social entrepreneurship sector as a driver for inclusive growth and job creation in the Southern Mediterranean partner countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Palestine). The initiative will see the implementation of a set of complementary activities aiming at: (1) promoting country and cross-country policy and … Continued

B-Tech Project

The B-Tech Project is a flagship initiative designed by UN Human Rights, aiming to advance the uptake of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in the tech industry. To create a rights-respecting level playing field, the project seeks to strengthen efforts by tech companies to apply the UNGPs and engages with … Continued