News and Views

  • No more 'pick and mix' sustainability reporting for EU companies - commissioner

    Up to 50,000 firms required to meet stricter reporting standards from 2024, with proposed directive that seeks to fill major data gaps and overcome what finance chief Mairead McGuinness calls “systemic risks” for the economy.

  • Impact Finance Bulletin: ‘World’s biggest’ investment fund for creative arts names first investees

    PLUS: $100m MacArthur grant to end homelessness; Dutch VC fund backs digital-only fashion house; ImpactAssets custom investments surge; new pooled fund for southeast Asia; Resonance's launchpad loan for mums' mental health; and more.

  • How philanthropists and impact investors can do more good – by giving up control

    Participatory funding puts decisions into the hands of those most affected by the money. It's a massive shift – but one that could make philanthropy and impact investing more open, transparent and community-driven.

  • Good business in limelight at UK’s first unrestricted conference since pandemic start

    Mask-free and ready to mingle: sustainable capitalism takes centre stage at government-backed pilot event in Liverpool – with organisers aiming to create a festival vibe “without the private jets” and a “radical rethink” of business events. 

  • Debt-for-equity: a social economy response to the Covid debt burden on SMEs

    Government-backed Covid lending schemes have been a lifeline – but in the long term, high levels of debt cause problems. One solution: transitioning at-risk, viable private businesses into employee or community ownership at scale. 

  • University of Manchester named world’s best for social and environmental impact

    Work on sustainable cities and responsible consumption sees Manchester become first UK institution to lead the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings, knocking University of Auckland off the top spot.

Will accountants save the world?

We need ‘warrior accountants’ who must do more than help “standardise ESG”, warns Jeremy Nicholls. The risks of depending on declining environmental resources or below-standard working conditions must also be “managed and reported".