In January 2018, Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock published an open letter to the CEOs of publicly traded companies. His message was clear, companies have a responsibility to deliver profit, and make “a positive contribution to society.” Failure to do the latter comes at the risk of losing its license to operate. Consumers can influence through decisions to purchase products … [Read more...] about Sustainable Finance: What can the financial sector do to better manage environmental and social risks?
With a nearly $200 billion a year financing gap, it is virtually impossible for the development banks in Latin America and the Caribbean to close it alone. However, there is good news. Even though regional balance sheets can provide a fraction of the financing needed, development banks are multiplying their impact in other ways. One of the latest structures allowing them to do … [Read more...] about What is a B-bond?
For the private sector, 2017 was a year marked by major changes and a call to prepare for the future. From the damages done by natural phenomena to the adoption of new technologies, several factors made this the year of adaptation, for both businesses and people. In this context, many Latin American and Caribbean countries began to explore new ways to grow, invest and even … [Read more...] about The issues that marked the private sector in 2017
The discovery of the first gold nuggets in General Sutter’s sawmill became a true “gold rush” in the United States. In the mid-19th century, California attracted a generation of immigrants and adventurers looking to become wealthy in the blink of an eye, with their picks and shovels. However, to achieve this dream it was necessary capital, energy and luck. In addition, this … [Read more...] about Mining Bitcoin in Latin America: opportunities … and dangers!
Until the end of 1990, Latin America and the Caribbean was the region with the greatest proliferation of public-private partnerships (PPPs). At that point, investments plummeted, partly due to negative reactions caused by its deficient implementation. In 2005, thanks to the joint efforts of public, private sector, and multilaterals, PPPs became again a widely used … [Read more...] about What have we learned after a decade of public-private partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean?