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Building the Impact Economy

Our Future, Yea or Nay


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlviii
  2. Big Business: Climb to Sustainability?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Fashion: Upgrade Supply Chains Versus Dress to Kill

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Maximilian Martin
      Pages 43-60
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  4. Fixing Energy, the Mother of all Markets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Maximilian Martin
      Pages 91-99
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  5. Capital Markets, Time to Graduate from the Casino

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Maximilian Martin
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About this book


This book develops a comprehensive framework for creating sustainable new business approaches on a massive scale. It relates the power of entrepreneurship, investment and technology to four areas in which progress is urgently needed to get out of the world’s current impasse. These are: game-changing innovations in companies; a way forward for the global fashion industry that reconciles competitiveness and worker dignity; turning around the energy crisis; and restoring capital markets to being the funders of human progress and prosperity that they once were—the pieces of the puzzle that is our future. Numerous case studies and actionable guidelines show how to concretely get the job done.


Impact Economy Business Strategy Impact Investment Sustainability Corporate Social Responsibility Impact-focused Economy Green Economy Green finance Climate Change Energy crisis

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Impact Economy SAGenevaSwitzerland

About the authors

Maximilian Martin is the Founder and CEO of Impact Economy. His investment and advisory work as well as more than one hundred articles have helped define the trajectory of market-based solutions and the impact revolution in finance, business and philanthropy. He created Europe’s first global philanthropic services and impact investing department for UBS and the UBS Philanthropy Forum, as well as the first university course on social entrepreneurship in Europe at the University of Geneva. In 2013, he was invited to write the primer on impact investing “Status of the Social Impact Investing Market” for the UK G8 policy makers’ conference, which considered the potential and development options for this new branch of the financial industry. He holds an MA in anthropology from Indiana University, a MPA from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in economic anthropology from the University of Hamburg.

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