Thought leadership. Inspiration. Impact.

A series of powerful forces are changing business as we know it. From the speed of communication to information accessibility, all lead to increased transparency and a more systemic perspective. Whether we choose to brand the resulting evolutions as Shared Value, Conscious Capitalism, Institutional Logic, Benefit Corporations, Triple Bottom Line, SRI, ESG, or Regenerative Capitalism, Builders sees all as having the same foundation and aims to represent growth stage private equity as part of the vanguard of this evolving movement. We will remain deeply engaged in the thinking driving this high-potential market. Here is some of the content which has been inspiring us lately.

The Next Generation of Capitalism Has Evolved: Catch Up Before You’re Left Behind

Written by Tripp Baird

Success Through Community: Traditional Medicinals Found Aligned Investor by Seeking Shared Values

Written by B the Change

The maturing ecosystem around mission-aligned capital is growing the connections between impact businesses and impact investors. That was the case for The Builders’ Fund investment in Traditional Medicinals earlier this...


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Sustainable Investing | Establishing Long-Term Value and Performance

Written by Mark Fulton, Bruce M. Kahn, Ph.D., Camilla Sharples

The evidence is compelling: Sustainable Investing can be a clear win for investors and for companies. However, many SRI fund managers, who have tended to use exclusionary screens, have historically...


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The Non-Paradox Of Highly Successful Profit-From-Purpose Businesses

Written by Aaron Hurst

VCs still have questions about impact businesses, but the businesses are showing more and more that they have answers.


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Saving the Planet from Ecological Disaster Is a $12 Trillion Opportunity

Written by John Elkington

How can we create $12 trillion a year in market opportunities by 2030? How about by meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals? The goals, a set of 17 stretch goals...


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The Builders Fund Completes Minority Investment in Traditional Medicinals

Written by AccessWire

The Builders Fund, a private equity fund that invests in high-growth, purpose-driven businesses that generate both social/environmental benefit and attractive financial returns (“Builders”), today announced that it has made a...


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Builders Fund invests in Traditional Medicinals, closes on $30 mln

Written by Chris Witkowsky

The Builders Fund made a minority investment in Traditional Medicinals, which sells wellness tea in the U.S. Builders Fund, which brings an ESG focus to its investments, also announced it...


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The Soul of a Corporation

Written by Timothy Egan

We know from an infamous Supreme Court ruling that corporations are people. They may be heartless, like the pharmaceutical company that jacks up the price of a lifesaving drug. Or...


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The Engine of Purpose That Drives Successful Companies

Written by Vishal Vasishth

Inside the healthy tensions that fueled us at Patagonia, and what entrepreneurs can learn as they themselves build for the long term.


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Trump Energizes Impact Investors

Written by Carol J. Clouse

Impact investors like Liesel Pritzker Simmons are a passionate bunch, who care about social and environmental issues and believe their investments should reflect that. So what happens when that conviction...


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300 Sustainable Solutions To Turn Global Challenges Into Business Opportunities

Written by Ben Schiller

The Global Opportunity Explorer connects businesses to cutting-edge ideas for solving the world’s problems—and the big profits that come with those solutions.


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Purpose Drives Performance

Written by Aaron Hurst

Science tells us purpose-oriented people take on harder challenges, stay longer with their employers, and become leaders. Why aren’t we designing more systems to support them?


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The Cultural Shift Transforming Business as We Know It

Written by Tripp Baird

As consumers become more globally aware, tech-savvy, and well-informed, companies will have to do better to thrive.


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The Next Generation of Capitalism Has Evolved: Catch Up Before You’re Left Behind

Written by Tripp Baird

Humanity today is confronting unprecedented and systemic social and environmental challenges—natural resource degradation, an obesity/chronic disease crisis, climate change, a lack of access to affordable education, to name a few....


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5 Myths Socially Conscious Entrepreneurs Need to Ignore

Written by Tripp Baird

A series of powerful forces are changing business as we know it. From the speed of communication to information accessibility, all lead to increased transparency and a more global perspective

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The Case for Letting Business Solve Social Problems

Written by Michael Porter

Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society’s biggest problems? Michael Porter admits he’s biased, as a business school professor, but he wants you to hear...


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Innovating for Shared Value

Written by Marc W. Pfitzer, Valerie Bockstette, Mike Stamp

Companies that deliver both social benefit and business value rely on five mutually reinforcing elements.


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The Necessary Revolution

Written by Peter Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur and Sara Schley

The Earth faces grave sustainability problems, including global warming. In this new book, experts Peter Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur and Sara Schley discuss how people, organizations and...


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The Deloitte Millennial Innovation Survey

Written by Alex Edmans

Deloitte’s Millennial Survey revealed that our world’s future leaders are increasingly viewing business through the lens of social impact.


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Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles And Patterns Will Shape Our New Economy

Written by John Fullerton

Over the last two years, Capital Institute has been working with many of these thought leaders and entrepreneurs in a quest to understand what a theoretical framework for regenerative economies...


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Literature review: seminal papers on ‘Shared value’

Written by Richard Williams & Janet Hayes

This paper identifies seminal papers on the concept of shared value and the framework in which it is thought of by the business community. The literature obtained predominantly focuses on...


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The Link Between Job Satisfaction and Firm Value, With Implications for Corporate Social Responsibility

Written by Alex Edmans

How are job satisfaction and firm value linked? I tackle this long-standing management question using a new methodology from finance. I study the effect on firm-level value, rather than employee-level...


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Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals: What role for business?

Written by Paula Lucci

There appears to be increasing consensus that the private sector has to be more involved than last time in the design and/or implementation of any new development goals, particularly as...


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Corporate Social Responsibility and Access to Finance

Written by Beiting Cheng; Ioannis Ioannou; Georgios Serafeim

In this paper, we investigate whether superior performance on corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies leads to better access to finance. We hypothesize that better access to finance can be attributed...


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CSR vs. CSV - What’s the difference?

Written by Mark Kramer

We believe that CSR is a different—​if overlapping—​concept from creating shared value. Corporate social responsibility is widely perceived as a cost center, not a profit center. In contrast, shared value...


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Amo La Vida

Written by Nic Askew

In this black-and-white interview, filmmaker Nic Askew interviews Julio Olalla. It is not an interview to sell anything or pitch anything. Its just Julio being Julio. He candidly speaks about...


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The Business Logic of Sustainability

Written by Ray Anderson

At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional “take / make / waste” industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated...


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Putting the Service-Profit Chain to Work

Written by James L. Heskett, Thomas O. Jones, Gary W. Loveman, W. Earl Sasser, Jr., Leonard A. Schlesinger

This article sets out a simple, elegant, and ultimately tough-minded way to build profitability in a service business. Originally published in 1994, it offers as much today as it did...


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Does the Stock Market Fully Value Intangibles? Employee Satisfaction and Equity Prices

Written by Alex Edmans

This paper analyzes the relationship between employee satisfaction and long-run stock returns. A value-weighted portfolio of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” earned an annual four-factor alpha...


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Natural Capitalism

Written by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins

For decades, environmentalists have been warning that human economic activity is exceeding the planet’s limits. Of course we keep pushing those limits back with clever new technologies; yet living systems...


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