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August 18, 2021

Over the last two years, I have interacted closely with a few Indian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and been both a donor as well as an adviser. My aim has been to enable “capacity building” in the NGOs so that they can scale faster, be cost efficient and make a large impact in the communities that they serve.

Over the last two years, I have interacted closely with a few Indian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and been both a donor as well as an adviser. My aim has been to enable “capacity building” in the NGOs so that they can scale faster, be cost efficient and make a large impact in the communities that they serve.

As a serial entrepreneur in startup businesses, my objectives have also been scale, cost efficiency and impact.

August 11, 2021

There has been a growing focus on mental health and work—but this has been restricted to startups and mental health in the workplace. We have conversations about employee wellbeing, but not about the health of the leader of the enterprise, or the next generation entrepreneur.

There has been a growing focus on mental health and work—but this has been restricted to startups and mental health in the workplace. We have conversations about employee wellbeing, but not about the health of the leader of the enterprise, or the next generation entrepreneur.

This is an important question to explore because it affects not only individual wellbeing, but also could affect the way business is conducted and may cascade down to employees.

July 13, 2021

We have been talking of inflation for well over a decade—which is not the same thing as calling its timing. An impasse was created by the failure of the economy to grow after the 2008 crisis—all the risks (as we patiently explained) were deflationary, and in vain did the central banks and governments try to force an inflationary impulse into a sluggish world. Their primary weapon? An invention, deployed on a grand scale—quantitative easing (QE to its friends).

I am writing this just before a US inflation report which, to quote Bloomberg, “May provide clues on the monetary-policy outlook; S&P futures were little changed, as were European stocks [awaiting] the next policy statement from the European Central Bank…”

May 27, 2021

In the family council meeting in a city in India, the patriarch of the fast-moving consumer goods family business proudly proclaimed: “I have blocked a bed, nurse, doctor, oxygen cylinder and injection, which will be available for anyone of us if we fall prey to Covid-19. I’m not taking any chances.”

In the family council meeting in a city in India, the patriarch of the fast-moving consumer goods family business proudly proclaimed: “I have blocked a bed, nurse, doctor, oxygen cylinder and injection, which will be available for anyone of us if we fall prey to Covid-19. I’m not taking any chances.”

A hand went up: “Uncle, what if more than one of us needed it at the same time?” He smiled and said not to worry.

May 24, 2021

Heineken brews acquisition of South Africa’s Distell Group, Berlusconi family's Fininvest exits Mediobanca, Nathan Cummings Foundation calls for racial equality in impact investing.

Heineken brews acquisition of South Africa’s Distell Group

Family-owned Heineken, the world’s second-largest brewer, could buy a majority share of a unique $1.8 billion South African wine and spirits company, making the deal its second acquisition in 2021.

The fourth-generation Dutch beer maker confirmed last week it is in talks with Distell Group Holdings over a “potential transaction”. The $23.7 billion brewer added discussions were ongoing and there was no certainty an agreement would be reached.

May 3, 2021

Samsung’s Lee family to pay $10.8 billion inheritance tax bill, Ferruccio Ferragamo passes leadership torch to brother Leonardo Ferragamo, Fifth-gen Robert Buchbauer declares Swarovski sustainability goals.

Samsung’s Lee family to pay $10.8 billion inheritance tax bill

The family of late Samsung patriarch Lee Kun-hee has unveiled an instalment plan to pay its 12 trillion won ($10.8 billion) inheritance tax bill, to include large donations to South Korean healthcare and museums.

February 11, 2021

ESG has been at the heart of the investment process of Amundi’s corporate private debt funds since 2014. Integrating ESG into private debt is part of Amundi's strategy to be a leading asset manager in ESG. 

ESG has been at the heart of the investment process of Amundi’s corporate private debt funds since 2014. Integrating ESG into private debt is part of Amundi's strategy to be a leading asset manager in ESG. 

The corporate private debt team at Amundi has two objectives, namely to reduce certain risk factors in their portfolios and to support companies’ efforts to improve their ESG practices.

But how are ESG criteria integrated within the investment and tracking processes? And how does it translate in to practical terms? 

February 8, 2021

Adiraj Gupta has channelled his passions for social entrepreneurship and global finance to co-found Impact Launchpad, a new startup incubator with $100 billion ambitions for impact investments.

Adiraj Gupta has channelled his passions for social entrepreneurship and global finance to co-found Impact Launchpad, a new startup incubator with $100 billion ambitions for impact investments.

February 1, 2021

Russell Investments has a long history of highlighting the role of environment, social and governance (ESG) factors in adding value to an investment practice. We share three proof points of the value-add associated with ESG awareness and integration, and analyse the importance of considering ESG risks both in the security selection process and the asset manager selection process.

Russell Investments has a long history of highlighting the role of environment, social and governance (ESG) factors in adding value to an investment practice (1). In this post, we share three proof points of the value-add associated with ESG awareness and integration, and analyse the importance of considering ESG risks both in the security selection process and the asset manager selection process.

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