Croatan Institute Celebrates its 9th Anniversary

April 22, 2023

Croatan Institute celebrates its 9th Anniversary on Earth Day, April 22nd! We’re proud to have spent the last nine years driving positive change through integrated systems of sustainable finance, racial equity, and social justice. Here’s a look back at some of our key initiatives:

  • Total Portfolio Activation (TPA) has been a cornerstone of our work over the past nine years. By integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions across asset classes, we’ve helped shift millions of dollars towards more sustainable investments.

  • We’re committed to advancing racial equity in finance and investing. Our work in Racial Equity Investing has led to increased understanding of how racial bias can impact investment decisions and has helped to create more inclusive and equitable investment strategies. This work, as well as a greater effort to integrate racial equity across Croatan Institute’s programs, led to the development of our Racial Equity, Economics, Finance and Sustainability (REEFS) Initiative in 2018.

  • Through the Organic Agriculture Revitalization Strategy (OARS) pilot project, we explored how impact investing could support the growth of the organic food and farming sector. The lessons we learned continue to inform our work in regenerative agriculture and sustainable food systems. Through our TPA report on sustainable agriculture and our pilot project in 2016 on the Organic Agriculture Revitalization Strategy (OARS) in North Carolina, we laid the groundwork for our work that eventually evolved into our 2019 Soil Wealth Report and our current Soil Wealth Areas project.

As we celebrate our 9th anniversary, we’re reminded of the incredible progress we’ve made towards building a more sustainable and just world. But there’s still so much work to be done. We’re excited to continue working with partners and stakeholders to drive positive change in the years ahead!

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