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OpenImpact helps you find impact investment opportunities in Canada.
Shift is a nonprofit, mission driven organization, and that makes a critical difference. Our sole purpose is to help shape a world in which businesses have the knowledge skills, and incentives to respect human rights. We love diving into tough challenges and asking ourselves the hard, seemingly unsolvable questions. That is how we have constantly pioneered in the world of business and human rights, being frank and forthright about what needs to change, and demonstrating how practices can rise to meet ambitions.
The mission of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Foundation is to establish and maintain disclosure standards on sustainability matters that facilitate communication by companies to investors of decision-useful information. Such information should be relevant, reliable and comparable across companies on a global basis. The SASB Foundation envisions an investment universe where a shared understanding of companies’ sustainability performance enables companies and investors to make informed decisions that drive improved sustainability outcomes and thereby lead to improved long-term value creation.
The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) is a network of banking leaders from around the world committed to advancing positive change in the banking sector. Our collective goal is to change the banking system so that it is more transparent, supports economic, social and environmental sustainability, and is composed of a diverse range of banking institutions serving the real economy.
Kwusen is a specialist consulting company who works with Indigenous communities to conduct community-based research on Indigenous Knowledge, cultural heritage, and traditional land use. Our participatory approach emphasises community capacity building to engage community members in researching their own cultural heritage, Indigenous Knowledge, and land use practices. We specialize in traditional ecological knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge, and Traditional Land Use and Occupancy research in relation to land claims and environmental impact assessments. We also provide innovative services to utilize documentary video, websites, apps and web-based mapping technologies in our research and reporting.
A ground-breaking book on the transformative power of impact investing This is the first book to chart the catalytic path of this new industry, explaining how it is and can be a positive disruptive force. It shows how impact investing is a transformational vehicle for delivering "blended value" throughout the investment spectrum, giving a single name to a set of activities previously siloed in enclaves, revealing how they are linked within what is becoming a new field of investing. Written by two leaders in the growing field of impact investing, the book defines this emerging industry for participants on all sides of the funding equation (investors, funders and social entrepreneurs). Filled with illustrative examples of impact investing success stories Reveals how the field can expand in order to address the most critical social and environmental issues of our day Explores the wide-ranging applications of impact investing as well as entrepreneurial opportunities The authors do not take a normative approach to argue how investors should behave like an investment guide might but show how entrepreneurial people and institutions are already offering an integrated alternative.
Antony Bugg-Levine & Jed Emerson
Facing injustice against Indigenous peoples, the environment, the impoverished, and uprooted peoples who arrive here, Canadians need extraordinary solutions. Given our mission to promote positive change, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation joins a growing momentum of Impact Investing. This report shares our experience and encourages colleague foundations or organizations who may be pondering such investments. We honour the beating heart of impacts we seek: the passionate, inspired work of groups, communities and organizations.
Catherine Donnelly Foundation
The magazine for clean capitalism
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Start Something That Matters - Tom's Shoes
Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One®, a business model that helps a person in need with every product purchased. A simple idea has grown into a global movement: TOMS Shoes has provided over 86 million pairs of shoes to children since 2006, TOMS Eyewear has restored sight to over 600,000 people since 2011 and TOMS Roasting Company has helped provide over 600,000 weeks of safe water since launching in 2014. In 2015, TOMS Bag Collection was founded with the mission to help provide training for skilled birth attendants and distribute birth kits containing items that help a woman safely deliver her baby. As of 2016, TOMS has supported safe birth services for over 25,000 mothers.
Blake McCoskie
The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The World Happiness Report 2018, ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants.
United Nations - written by Independent experts
It is now well understood that investing in women is one of the most meaningful ways to lift up entire communities. With the proper resources and opportunities, women not only support the economy through their direct participation it, but they also tend to pay their good fortune forward.
Melinda Gates
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Rights of Nature
To what extent do existing laws recognize the rights of nature? This is the question that David Boyd sets out to answer in his book.
David R. Boyd
In the year 2015, leaders from 193 countries of the world came together to face the future. They created a plan called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This set of 17 goals imagines a future just 15 years off that would be rid of poverty and hunger, and safe from the worst effects of climate change. It’s an ambitious plan. 
The United Nations
This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Organizations as Resources

Ark is an international charity, transforming lives through education
Co-creating the Regenerative Economy.
A three year initiative led by the Green Economy Coalition and their partners.
Positive, informed and original perspectives on environmental issues, activism, social justice, arts and ethical living
Ensuring development benefits people and the planet through transparent and accountable governance