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First look: The infrastructure bill and ESG - InvestmentNews
December 2, 2021
Steve is joined by Craig Jonas, the CEO and founder of CoPeace, for a high-level discussion on the infrastructure bill that has passed the House of Representatives and is making its way through Congress. They chat about the current status of the bill, what might change before it becomes law, what it does for sustainability and what opportunities it creates for investors.
Athletes are driving positive change through strategic impact investments
December 1, 2021
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball and became a lifelong civil rights activist. Muhammad Ali used his immense platform to fight for human rights, peace, justice and inclusion. Billie Jean King famously pushed for equal treatment for female athletes. A multitude of WNBA players have long been social change activists, most recently pushing for voting rights.
Five Questions to Guide ESG Investors When Vetting Companies
November 2, 2021
How to screen corporations claiming to follow environmental, social, and governance guidelines
Global sustainable fund assets hit record $3.9 trillion in Q3, says Morningstar
October 29, 2021
Oct 29 (Reuters) - Global sustainable mutual fund assets hit a record high at the end of third quarter, bolstered by new disclosure rules in Europe, although the pace of net inflows slowed from the prior quarter, data from Morningstar showed.
Colorado composting firm gains backer
September 17, 2021
The Catalyst Division of BASF and China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) have announced a partnership involving battery materials, including cathode active materials (CAM) and battery recycling. The companies say they want to develop "a sustainable battery value chain" in Europe and that "contributes to achieving both companies' global carbon neutrality goals."
The ESG Investing Boom Is Great, But How Can You Be Sure You're Not Being Greenwashed? - Worth
September 16, 2021
Navigating the ESG landscape can be tricky with the lack of uniform standards, but with proper research and/or approach, ESG investors can avoid greenwashing and ensure their investments make a difference. Historically, most investors have looked for investments with a proven record of delivering competitive returns, without considering anything else.
3 Common Mistakes Social Impact Founders Make
September 14, 2021
Social entrepreneurship is popping up everywhere, with tech startups and corporations alike launching impact initiatives and more and more accelerators focusing on social impact-driven innovations. According to gener8tor's 2021 Social Impact Investor Report, more than 60 percent of early-stage entrepreneurs in the U.S.
Wall Street Money Takes on Big Oil
September 13, 2021
May 26 was a day of reckoning for "Big Oil" and an indication that small socially minded shareholders have gained significant financial allies. On that day, ExxonMobil lost three board seats to a small hedge fund that said the oil and gas producer "has no credible strategy to create value in a decarbonizing world."
As Climate Risk Goes Mainstream, When Will Mandatory Reporting Hit The US Market?
September 8, 2021
Extreme weather and its knock-on effect on the economy is an increasing concern for countries, companies and investors. The recent IPCC report warned that over 1.1 degrees of warning has already changed the climate and scientists warn that exceeding tipping points could triple the economic cost of climate change.
The New Math of Socially Responsible Investing
June 27, 2021
ESG investing has come a long way in the past few years. Once a niche investment sector, strategies that screen companies and other assets based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are attracting more money than ever. There are various definitions of-and approaches to-so-called sustainable investing.
New Graduates Can Save Money -- And the World -- Through Impact Investing
May 25, 2021
Editor's Note: This article is a part of a series on investing advice for recent college graduates, drawing on expertise from financial professionals, university faculty and of course, InvestorPlace's very own analysts and writers. Today's article on impact investing and greenwashing comes courtesy of Craig Jonas, Ph.D., the CEO and founder of ESG holding company CoPeace.
Qwick Takes: ESG investing is heating up - Talking Biz News
May 7, 2021
This week, Talking Biz News Deputy Editor Erica Thompson reached out to Qwoted's community of experts to inquire about ESG investments, an area turning into the hottest new trend on Wall Street.
A Quick Guide to Socially Conscious Investing - Worth
May 5, 2021
Socially conscious investing allows you to positively impact the world in a profitable manner. Socially conscious investing is booming. According to the latest biennial report from the United States Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF), total U.S.-domiciled assets under management employing sustainable investing strategies increased 42 percent over the past two years to $17 trillion in 2020.
Which pro athletes have the greatest positive impact on society? This Colorado company has the answers. - Denver Business Journal
April 13, 2021
The NBA's biggest stars are often best known for their relative dominance on the court. But how do they stack up against each other when it comes to their impacts outside of professional sports? That's the question that Highlands Ranch-based CoPeace seeks to answer with the launch of a proprietary tool known as VIBE, which stands for Valuation of Impact Brand Equity.
Kevin Durant is the NBA's top scorer... for impact - Impact Alpha
March 18, 2021
ImpactAlpha, March 18 - A new tool created by impact holding company CoPeace assigns a score to athletes' positive impacts, starting with NBA ...
Finally, Your Investments Can Reflect Your Values
March 12, 2021
So, you are over 50 and you've done okay, maybe even better than okay. You've saved some money for a rainy day and invested the rest wisely. You may have followed the recommendations of a trusted broker or decided to manage your own portfolio.
Why Impact Investing Makes Sense For Baby Boomers
March 12, 2021
Many of today's older investors likely have investments in assets that are not aligned with their values, and a lot of them may not even realize it. These investments might be in companies that are doing well financially but are negatively impacting..
Craig Jonas of CoPeace: "Gambling and investing are two different things"
March 12, 2021
Gambling and investing are two different things. Speculators and investors are two different animals. Speculators are more like football gamblers. They're hoping for a very quick profit. A company's fundamentals are of little or no concern. And neither is whether or not a particular company is making a positive impact on society.
Could sport be the ideal vehicle for impact investing?
March 4, 2021
The Equity League, Oklahoma City Thunder Launchpad and CoSpo are attempting to drive positive impact and economic returns by encouraging sports entities to back social entrepreneurs In the days after Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old African American man, was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Mark Murphy, the president and chief executive of the Green Bay Packers, called on all NFL teams to throw their collective weight behind the growing movement against social injustice in the US.
Craig Jonas of CoPeace On The 5 Essentials for Smart Investing
January 29, 2021
Thank you for doing this with us! Our readers would like to learn a bit more about you. Can you tell us the "backstory" about what brought you to the finance industry? It has been quite the zig zag journey, for sure!
New SEC Rules Allow Financial Advisor Testimonials
January 22, 2021
Prospective clients often search for testimonials and reviews of financial advisors on Facebook, Yelp or other social media sites. Often, their searches come up short. That's because advisors, unlike other service providers such as attorneys and insurance agents, have been prohibited from using testimonials in their advertising. But that is changing.
More Than a Nasdaq Proposal Is Needed for Diversity in Corporate America
December 21, 2020
In the future, the year 2020 will be remembered primarily for COVID-19, the devastating global pandemic that ran rampant for most of the year. But we'll also recall 2020 as the year the United States finally got serious about social justice, starting with diversity.
Doing Good Is Good Business - Wharton Magazine
December 10, 2020
Seven steps for creating positive social and environmental impact through business policies and culture Why is this happening? Millennials care a great deal about what companies they invest in and how they spend their money. They are voting with their wallets by choosing to invest in, and buy from, companies that are socially and environmentally responsible.
Why CoPeace modeled its impact investing after Berkshire Hathaway - Denver Business Journal
November 12, 2020
A Colorado organization focused on impact investing is expanding its portfolio as it works to show that investing in social good can have a strong financial return. Highlands Ranch based Companies of Peace, or CoPeace, was founded in 2018 as an entity focused on impact investing - the concept of investing in companies that are focused on a public benefit, such as the environment, social justice or other issues.
CoPeace Sport aims to bridge the gap between sports, investing & social justice
November 12, 2020
Craig Jonas, the CEO of impact investing company CoPeace, is a believer in caring about the long-term future of our world, but Jonas says it also has the advantage of being "a good business decision." Now Jonas is looking to bring that mission to the athletic world with CoPeace Sport.
Sports Industry Primed to Join the Environmental, Social and Governance "Party"
November 4, 2020
Record amounts of capital are being invested into exchange-traded funds comprised of "woke" environmental, social and governance (ESG) companies. $22 billion has poured into ESG-themed ETFs through the first 10 months of 2020, triple the total amount invested in the space all of last year.
CoPeace Sport Looks To Bring Impact Investing To Athletes and Sports Start-Ups
October 13, 2020
Impact investing firm CoPeace is launching CoPeace Sport, a division that seeks to expand environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts among athletes and in sports businesses. The aim is to provide brand management and impact measurement for teams and players, identify sports investments on behalf of third-party ESG-minded investors and add sports businesses to the CoPeace portfolio.
You Can Help Solve the Climate Crisis Through Impact or ESG Investing
October 12, 2020
Our climate change clock is ticking - literally. The Climate Clock is a digital clock that displays the time the world has left to avoid a climate change catastrophe. It counts down the years, days, hours, minutes and seconds until the Earth's carbon budget is depleted, based on data from the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change.
You Can Help Solve the Climate Crisis Through Impact or ESG Investing
October 12, 2020
InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Editor's note: This column is part of's Ultimate Guide to ESG Investing. Our climate change clock is ticking - literally. The Climate Clock is a digital clock that displays the time the world has left to avoid a climate change catastrophe.
INSPIRED IMPACT :: Craig Jonas | CoPeace
October 7, 2020
Craig Jonas is CEO and Founder of CoPeace headquartered in Denver, Colo. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube and learn more at TELL US, WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO? My name is Craig Jonas, and I'm the CEO and founder of CoPeace.
Impact Investing Calls for a Head, Heart and Math Approach - Worth
October 5, 2020
True impact investments differ from typical socially responsible funds. Impact investing-in which social and environmental performance is considered on par with financial performance-has become an increasingly popular investment approach in the last few years. According to a Global Impact Investing Network report, the impact-investing sector has doubled in size over the past couple years.
Social Issues, Outperformance Are Increasing Interest in ESG Investing | ThinkAdvisor
September 22, 2020
The pandemic and protests are drawing attention to ESG investments, which lost less than the market in Q1.
This Proposed Rule Change Could Threaten Retirement Plans Using ESG Investments - Worth
September 22, 2020
A new rule threatens to prevent ESG investments in retirement accounts, hindering investors from building wealth for good. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed rule changes that would prevent 401(k) plans from using an environmental, social and governance (ESG) or sustainable investment as a default choice in any public or private retirement plan.
Proposed DOL Rules Undermine Investors' Ability to Gauge ESG Risks
August 27, 2020
This new rule will potentially affect more than $10 trillion in U.S. retirement plans and poses a massive threat to the responsible investment industry - an industry that has touched over 490 million lives with a cumulative investment of $11 billion over the last 10 years.
Best Investment Strategies for Millennial Investors
August 18, 2020
Millennials are a segment of the population that has endured many financial hardships, thwarting their efforts to build wealth - but there are investing strategies they can adopt to balance their obligations while allocating funds toward growing a stable financial future.
CoPeace Founder Craig Jonas is Investing in a Better World - Kingscrowd
August 11, 2020
Summary Sometimes it can seem like there's a hard line between making investments that can yield solid returns and putting money into worthy social or environmental causes. Everyday investors often find their choices further limited due to decades-old legal regulations. For those who want their money to help make a positive impact and still receive a return, options are scarce.
Opponents Of New ERISA ESG Guidance May Inadvertently Prove DOL's Point
August 10, 2020
This past June, the Department of Labor ("DOL") released new guidelines regarding the proper use of incorporating Environmental, Social, and Governance ("ESG") factors in determining the investments within a retirement plan covered by ERISA. This hasn't gone over well with ESG advocates.
CoPeace Introduces Equity Crowdfunding Offering To Fund Impact Initiatives
July 13, 2020
CoPeace, a holding company that invests in companies demonstrating a positive impact and strong fiscal health, formally announced it launched an equity crowdfunding offering, allowing investors the opportunity to invest in solutions that mend societal and environmental problems.What Does It Mean? For
CoPeace Introduces Equity Crowdfunding Offering To Fund Impact Initiatives
July 13, 2020
CoPeace, a holding company that invests in companies demonstrating a positive impact and strong fiscal health, formally announced it launched an equity crowdfunding offering, allowing investors the opportunity to invest in solutions that mend societal and environmental problems. What Does It Mean? For a minimum investment of $360, investors can gain exposure to socially impactful organizations.
Denver's CoPeace lands $1.6M for impact investments
June 26, 2020
Denver's CoPeace, a diversified holding company which invests in growing businesses demonstrating positive impact, announced that it has secured $1.6 million in funding through a private capital raise. The round included more than 48 individuals from within the company's private network of investors.
Denver holding company focused on profitable 'positive-impact' firms raises $1.6M - BusinessDen
June 26, 2020
A Denver-based holding company building a portfolio of businesses that it believes have positive social and environmental impact announced a private capital raise of $1.6 million on Tuesday. CEO Craig Jonas launched investment company CoPeace in 2018. The private funding round included about 48 investors, generally friends and family of the company's staff.
As society changes, Colorado investors want to make more impact with their money
June 25, 2020
Back in 2014, the Colorado Health Foundation made an unusual decision. The philanthropic organization, known for helping nonprofits, put its money into a for-profit startup, myStrength, a behavioral health app. It was neither a grant nor a donation. And it wasn't quite venture capital, where multimillion-dollar investments often aim for tenfold returns.
CoPeace Raises $1.6M to Grow Its Impact Investment Portfolio
June 23, 2020
CoPeace is a holding company for startups focused on solutions to problems like climate change and economic inequalities. It currently has three startups in its portfolio and aims to grow that slate to about 10 companies over the next year.
CoPeace Raises $1.6M in Funding | FinSMEs
June 23, 2020
CoPeace , a Denver, CO-based diversified holding company which invests in growing companies, secured $1.6M in funding. The round included more than 48 influential individuals from within their private network of investors, including family/friends and entrepreneurs and businesspeople.
How CoPeace is democratizing impact investing
April 23, 2020
Companies of Peace puts together companies doing good things for the world under one umbrella CoPeace is a holding firm at the vanguard of sustainable impact investing. It has worked to build a profitable, ethical, sustainable portfolio that everyone can invest in.
The Dramatic Growth of Impact Investing
April 13, 2020
The impact-investing sector has doubled in size the last two years, according to Global Impact Investing Network’s 2019 Report on Sizing the Impact Investing Market. According to the report, impact investors say their impact investing allocations will continue to grow.
8 Denver-area environmentally focused investment firms
April 22, 2019
Many people who are concerned about the environment will donate to nonprofits in order to help the planet. But increasingly in Colorado, financial institutions are finding ways to both improve the environment and make money through sustainable investing, also known as investing that meets environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.
Who's Who in Impact Investing
November 1, 2018
2018 Who's Who in Impact Investing - Craig Jonas
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