IIP — Nancy Pfund: The Impact of Venture Capital and Renewable Energy

The Impact Investing Podcast
September 16, 2015

 By Jamieson Webking:  Nan­cy Pfund is a leg­end and expert in Ven­ture Cap­i­tal, Renew­able Ener­gies and Impact Invest­ing. She has been in the field for over 20 years and is wide­ly cit­ed in her writ­ing and speak­ing about the impor­tance in renew­able ener­gy.  Her fund, DBL Investors just fin­ished clos­ing a new $400 mil­lion fund — which is now the largest social impact fund ever raised.

DBL Investors assists its port­fo­lio com­pa­nies in achiev­ing a “dou­ble bot­tom line”: that is, strong long-​​term finan­cial suc­cess as well as pos­i­tive social, envi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic impact in the local com­mu­nity. We have found that dou­ble bot­tom line prac­tices that com­pa­nies choose to adopt can be sig­nif­i­cantly ben­e­fi­cial to the fis­cal bot­tom line both via direct ben­e­fits of cost sav­ings and val­ue cre­ation, and via indi­rect ben­e­fits of cre­at­ing good­will with their mar­ket, cus­tomers and com­mu­nity, and enhanc­ing employ­ee morale and retention.

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