Why should you invest sustainably?

Written by Carolyn @ Recap

Metro. Boulot. Dodo. Repeat.

Leave it to the philosophical French to distill the rat race down into three very simple words: Commute. Work. Sleep.

How can we change it up? How can we shift our routine to feel our day is more impactful than these three simple words? How can we discover our True North, that thing that makes us tick?

Finding My True North

After spending my early work years building a career as an ambitious international tax lawyer, I woke up one morning in my beautiful office. At the time, I was working in-house as a multi-billion dollar asset manager. That morning in my office, I came to an existential realization: I had complete and total personal mission drift. I was yearning to influence greater change than grinding away, selfishly working towards my success. So I quit.

With a new mission to seek out deeper, more meaningful change, I started voraciously seeking information. I wanted to learn how to have a greater impact in the financial sphere.
I started attending every conference and summit I could find, working on my MBA, and talking to anyone who would offer even a few minutes to share their stories.

I also took a closer look at a societal problem I thought I could make an impact on promoting women. As with any effort to improve social or environmental issues, I started by investing money in initiatives focusing on providing equal opportunities, equal pay, etc.

Impact investing into causes important to me including female entrepreneurs was a way of offering my two cents – both literal and figurative. I sought impact alongside financial returns. But soon I realized my impact capital alone wasn’t creating the impact I was seeking. That’s when I realized I also needed to share all the intellectual capital I had laboriously earned through my many degrees.

This “Aha!” moment led me to work as an adjunct professor in two programs educating the next generation of leaders to launch careers in impact investing. Working with students is fulfilling, but doing it one classroom at a time is an incremental change. Still hungry to make bigger changes at-scale, – I was looking to aggregate capital toward impact en-masse.

Lucky for me, just as I was having this thought, two of my most thoughtful, visionary, and mission-aligned Wharton classmates, Mike Chu and Ariel Yusim, were simultaneously having this same revelation. We came together to explore ways of democratizing sustainable investing.

Together, we started exploring questions like, “How can we create an opportunity for people to financially more impactful with their investments?”.

We wanted to go beyond simple returns on investments to achieve a significant return on impact.

Typically, it’s challenging to do this kind of impact investing without a large amount of money to put at risk, not to mention the special know-how required to truly invest sustainably.

But why should that be the case? Why is the system set up to make it cumbersome or expensive? Why shouldn’t everyone have equal access to the information and customized, automated, value-aligned portfolios?

We’re building Recap Investing to fix this problem. Our goal at Recap is to democratize sustainable investing.

We believe everyone who wants to have a positive impact on our society or this planet through their investments should have access to a product that makes it easy for them to do it.

Why should you do it?

The world is changing. The planet is warming. It needs our attention.

The urgency of these challenges is increasingly palpable. In a world where this pressure is growing every day, people are feeling spurred to action.

Yet so many people are wondering, “How can I make a difference? I still have to make money, pay rent, support our families and save for retirement?” The answer? Investing sustainably.

While generating active income in our day to day jobs, we can let our earnings grow passively.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to plant the seeds for a bright financial future then sit back and just let it grow? All while knowing these funds are being used not only to help us save for our next big purchase but also to help alleviate hunger, increase gender equality, and decrease gun violence?

Join Recap Investing and you’ll see how we’re making this possible.

After all, investing in your future and someone else’s could be your ticket to making your rat race more meaningful (just like me).

Join us in our movement to help us to save the world one investment at a time.

Ready to invest differently?

See what your impact portfolio could look like. No strings attached.

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