NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 19, 2013) - Today GATE Global Impact (GATE) announced a collaboration with the UN Global Compact to feature select projects from the newly launched Social Enterprise Action Hub on its own GATEWAY Platform. The partnership aims to raise the profile of social enterprise projects to an investor audience.
Developed by the UN Global Compact, the Social Enterprise Action Hub is an online platform where social enterprises, corporations, investors, Governments and NGOs can take collective action to create and advance innovative business models with social impact to address global development challenges.
The partnership between the UN Global Compact and GATE, to be officially launched following the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, will connect participants on the Social Enterprise Action Hub to funding opportunities through a central, standardized and regulatory compliant investment transaction platform. GATE's GATEWAY Platform, which enables access to new funding sources from across society and enterprises that offer innovative solutions to global challenges, will be able to connect capital to social impact and environment-related projects. The ability to integrate standards and metrics through the GATEWAY Platform will greatly increase cost efficiency and the enhanced visibility will create education and awareness of this emerging asset class. The objective of the partnership between GATE and the Global Compact is to drive capital to those projects that need it most.
"With this collaboration, we are pleased to embark on a new, high-tech approach to development project financing that is at the core of how modern financial capital will be delivered," said Vincent Molinari, CEO of GATE Global Impact. "Together, the UN Global Compact's Social Enterprise Action Hub and GATE Global Impact's GATEWAY Platform will enable funding sources to find the global projects that are in need of capital and, for the first time, execute transactions on social enterprise. This represents a global paradigm shift in development economics."
The UN Global Compact provides a framework for businesses to align their strategies and operations with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. With the launch of the UN Global Compact Business Partnership Hub and its issue-specific Action Hubs, the Global Compact is providing an unparalleled online platform for businesses to connect with potential partners to scale up projects on key global issues. The GATE Global Impact GATEWAY Platform will provide greater connectivity to potential investors in order to increase exposure, resulting in accelerated and broader funding.
The GATEWAY Platform is a robust, regulatory compliant electronic end-to-end solution that supports evolving financial regulatory frameworks and provides information and data levels to facilitate strategic decision-making regarding capital deployment.
"We call this 'actionable knowledge' for buyers and sellers of Impact Investments -- investments that have the ability to generate a measurable social and/or environmental benefit alongside a potential for financial return," added Mr. Molinari. "A key advantage of the GATEWAY Platform lies in its technology suite which is able to provide investors and project owners with the information and metrics they need to transact, settle and clear assets, while delivering exceptionally high standards of market transparency and security. All securities are offered through GATE US, a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC)."
The UN Global Compact and GATE will highlight their new partnership at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit: Architects of a Better World on 19-20 September in New York City. For more information about GATE's special event on Impact Investments in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: New Marketplaces for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Focused Investing on 19 September, please visit www.leaderssummit2013.org/side-events or see the press release at http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/gate-global-impact-to-host-impact-investing-and-development-meeting-at-un-summit-1827230.htm
About GATE Global Impact INC.
GATE Global Impact INC is an impact investing-focused electronic regulatory compliant marketplace that provides market infrastructure and related services for the emerging Impact Investment industry -- public and private investments with a sustainable social and/or environmental component that also may generate a healthy rate of financial return. All securities are offered through GATE US LLC, a New York-based broker dealer and a member of FINRA and SIPC. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
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