Speaking following a convention about impact investing in Sao Paulo earlier this month, Ms Brandenburg stated that investing in socially and environmentally responsible projects is continuing to attract attention and interest. This interest is coming from philanthropists and entrepreneurs, but also increasingly from regular investors and even institutional investors who may not have even have considered alternative investments a few years back, claims AAA.
In her Huffington Post article, Ms Brandenburg explains that this interest is stemming from a growing feeling that ‘business as usual’ is simply not sustainable and often not ethical. “This has been brought into the public consciousness since the economic crisis began and we all realized that there were some fundamental problems with the way the business world, and particularly the financial world, was operating,” explained AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson.
AAA supports the sentiment that impact investors have the opportunity to help millions of people around the world and contribute to local economies by helping people to set up businesses and work themselves out of poverty. “These are long term solutions that can generate returns for investors in the West while helping those in developing nations to create a future for themselves and their communities,”
AAA supports ethical alternative investment projects that help communities and environmental causes. An example is the plantations run by Greenwood Management in Brazil, which offer foreign investors the chance to buy up a section of sustainable plantation forest. The timber grown in the forest is sold when it is mature and new seedlings are being planted all the time. “This form of managed forestry is a great alternative to using native forests in countries like Brazil where the ecology is so valuable in the fight against climate change,” added Mr Johnson.
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