SMART objectives: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Time-Bound. Sustainable and inclusive growth, and collective impact and shared value. An outcome is new partnerships and trust, and the most efficient ways of financing Eco Innovation.
Eco Commerce Exchange (ECE)
ECE is the first network of Capital Industry and Eco Innovation business executives, entrepreneurs and investors in the world leveraging the experience and expertise of Eco Commerce.
The ECE is a catalyst for the development of the Eco Commerce capital industry through investments in Eco Innovation. ECE builds on the network of Eco Commerce Hubs, regional gateways for leaders and learners in Eco Commerce.
To stimulate investment in Eco Innovation, ECE delivers a deal flow, sector specific portfolios of highly qualified innovations, to values-based investors
To improve and accelerate access to much needed capital, ECE provides hands-on advisory services to business executives, entrepreneurs, and investors.
The ECE global hub in Atlanta, acts as an umbrella organization leading the global efforts in developing unique investment strategies, financial instruments, and regional funds that will meet specific requirements of ECE stakeholders.
To boost knowledge transfer and to build capacity, ECE provides access to education and partners. Specifically, by joining ECE events hosted by regional enterprises and organizations, participants will learn about unique loan, guarantee, co-guarantee, counter-guarantee, equity guarantee, foreign direct investment, export‑credit insurance, lease, securitization, venture capital, matching fund, transfer fund opportunities and partners projects.
Investment approach that aims to proactively create positive social and environmental impact against an acceptable risk-adjusted financial return. This requires the management of social and environmental performance (in addition to financial risk and return). With impact investing “impact” comes first, whereas with sustainable investing “financial returns” come first.
Investment approach that integrates consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into investment decision-making and ownership practices, and thereby improve long-term returns to beneficiaries. Source: UN PRI NB: in this paper “sustainable investing” and “responsible investing” are used as synonyms
Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)
Socially responsible investing, an area often affiliated with the retail financial sector, incorporates ESG issues as well as criteria linked to a values-based approach. For example, it can involve the application of pre-determined social or environmental values to investment selection. Investors may choose to exclude or select particular companies or sectors because of their impact on the environment or stakeholders. Negative screening (such as weapons exclusions) and positive screening (such as Best-in-Class or thematic approaches) typically fall in the remit of such investments.
Investment approach that integrates long-term environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria into investment and ownership decision-making with the objective of generating superior risk-adjusted financial returns. These extra-financial criteria are used alongside traditional financial criteria such as cash flow and price-to-earnings ratios.
Social Venture Capital Investing
Is a form of venture capital investing that provides capital to businesses deemed socially and environmentally responsible. These investments are intended to both provide attractive returns to investors and to provide market-based solutions to social and environmental issues. Social venture capital can refer to debt or equity investments in socially-oriented enterprises, which includes BoP (Base of the Pyramid)-targeted efforts to stimulate economic development in the poorest regions of the world.
Due Diligence and Disclaimer
The due diligence process is negotiated between the interested investors and the companies seeking funding. ECE does NOT engage in the sale or resale of securities.