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Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade

 

 

For the eighth year in a row, SOCAP15 will convene leading impact investors, world-class entrepreneurs, and innovative cross-sector practitioners for three full days of networking and engaging content at the intersection of money and meaning, at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, CA, October 6-9.

Last year's sold out-event gathered more than 2,200 participants in September of 2014. For 2015 the SOCAP team is gearing up for over 2,500 attendees with over 100 sessions for learning, connecting, and meeting peers and potential partners.


Since its founding, the foremost objective of the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) has been to promote sustainable economic development by improving efficiency and transparency in financial markets for sustainable small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging economies.


"The results of WWF's new report challenge the assumption that the costs of FSC certification, particularly in the tropics, are greater than the benefits," said Rod Taylor, Director, WWF's Global Forests Programme. "This study shows that while the investment costs of entering into an FSC certification process can be considerable, for tropical forest operators and small or medium enterprises, the investment can be good for the bottom line. This is an important finding given the crucial role of these groups in safeguarding forests for the future."