Author Ben Bingham talks about how you can make money while making a difference through impact investing.
While no investment is guaranteed, research is suggesting that well managed companies that watch their environmental, social and governance issues can outperform other companies in the public stock market. And Ben is bringing that information and new investment choices to investors who want their money to be profitable while supporting the common good.
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About My Guest
Ben is a certified financial planner and he author of Making Money Matter: Impact Investing to Change the World. His work draws on an incredibly rich and diverse set of experiences as an artist, bio-dynamic farmer, Waldorf teacher and co-founder of three social enterprises. Growing up in a legacy family, as a direct descendant of Hiram Bingham III (US Senator and explorer who uncovered Machu Picchu), Ben became a different kind of explorer when he left the family’s traditional educational path (Groton School then Yale University) to learn about the worlds of sustainable agriculture, social causes, and community – and ended up giving away his inheritance to help the ventures he cared about succeed. But eventually his relationship with money shifted, and he saw that money, managed well, could serve the common good while also profiting its investor. In 2001, Ben became an investment advisor and in 2007 an independent money manager.
He is the CEO/Founder of 3Sisters Sustainable Management and Scarab Funds: a platform for qualified investors to make impact investments.
From the Show
- How Ben made the journey from sustainable agriculture to sustainable investments.
- What impact is and how it sometimes differs socially responsible investing.
- How those of us who don’t have massive estates can still use the ideas of impact investing in making financial decisions.
- How the philosopher/social reformer/esotericist Rudolf Steiner has influenced how Ben has developed his own philosophy of investing.
The Show Notes
www.wikipositive.org – monitors public companies and what they’re doing for the common good
www.CSRhub.com – the largest aggregator of environmental, social and governance ratings
3Sisters Sustainable Management Ben’s investment company