ESG for Early-Stage

In the world of startups, incorporating policies and practices for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues is often seen as something for later-stage startups. We challenge that notion.

We believe that it’s far easier and more effective to integrate ESG from the beginning, making the next generation of unicorns or Fortune 500 companies more diverse and inclusive, more conscious of their employees’ health and safety, and better serve their communities and the environment.

What is ESG?

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria are a set of standards for a company’s operations that 500 Startups latest global flagship fund is integrating into its investment analysis and decision-making and portfolio management processes

Environmental

Environmental criteria consider how a company performs as a steward of nature.

Social

Social criteria examine how it manages relationships with employees, suppliers, customers, and the communities where it operates.

Governance

Governance deals with a company’s leadership, executive pay, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights.

The Global Flagship Fund V

ESG Policy

The purpose of the ESG Policy is to ensure that the Fund takes a responsible approach to investment throughout its investment cycle and recognizes the potential impact of its companies on the environment, workers, communities, and society, as well as the potential impact of climate change on the companies in which the Fund invests.

Specifically, the policy helps the Fund to:

Account for material risks and potential opportunities which may make the business more or less attractive for investment.
Advise companies on ESG value creation opportunities.
Encourage the building of diverse and inclusive teams.
Environment.
Build and scale technology responsibly.

Contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

What Founders Need to Know About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

What Founders Need to Know About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

500 Global hosted Mariah Lichtenstern, founding partner at DiverseCity Ventures, for a fireside chat to explore why DEI matters for early stage startups and how founders can implement DEI.
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How to B Corp for Startups
B Corp
8 min read

How to B Corp for Startups

500 Global spoke to consultant Eliza Erskine to discuss the benefits of B Corp for startups and gain a deeper understanding of the process and requirements.
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Why Water Conservation and Innovation Matter for Startups
Environment
6 min read

Why Water Conservation and Innovation Matter for Startups

Alaina Harkness, Executive Director at Current, joined 500 Global to discuss why early stage companies need to think about water conservation now, and how they can approach stewardship and innovation when it comes to water.
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ESG Resources

Reid Blackman on Ethics in Tech
Webinar

Reid Blackman on Ethics in Tech

We discuss how to create organizational and product development ethics with KPIs, and how to operationalize them across the organization.

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Ganes Kensari on Cognitive Bias in Decision Making and AI
Webinar

Ganes Kensari on Cognitive Bias in Decision Making and AI

Ganes discusses why deeply understanding good data stewardship matters for early-stage startups, getting the foundations in place to enable meaningful consumption of data over the long-term, how leaders can overcome cognitive bias in decision making and champion good data stewardship from the early stages, and suggesting questions to embed in the product development process to eventually ensure you're getting ROI from data.

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Kat Zhou on Anti-Patterns in Tech
Webinar

Kat Zhou on Anti-Patterns in Tech

Kat covers the basics of anti patterns in tech: what they look like, why they're problematic, and how to avoid utilizing them in your own products.

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Ferry Heilemann on Environmental Management for Startups
Webinar

Ferry Heilemann on Environmental Management for Startups

Hear about Ferry's own experience as an entrepreneur implementing environmentalism at a startup, about the work of his organization Leaders for Climate Action and how they intend to reshape the role startups play in climate activism, and his insights on how investors might consider environmental impacts in a company's valuation.

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Paula Goldman on Ethics in Tech
Webinar

Paula Goldman on Ethics in Tech

Paula discusses the rapidly-changing landscape for ethics in tech, frameworks for implementing ethics at the organizational level and across product development, and sharing specific examples and case studies to highlight key issues in this increasingly important area.

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Coded Bias: Film Screening and Director Q+A
Workshop

Coded Bias: Film Screening and Director Q+A

Coded Bias explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini´s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.

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Eliza Erskine on How to B-Corp for Startups
Webinar

Eliza Erskine on How to B-Corp for Startups

Eliza specializes in helping early-stage companies implement sustainability into their business models and strategies. She speaks on why startups should consider B-Corp certification, does a detailed walk-through of the process, and answers questions about the process, benefits and challenges for early-stage companies.

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Sal Giambanco on Culture for Startups
Webinar

Sal Giambanco on Culture for Startups

Sal shares his thoughts on building a culture that prioritizes the wellbeing of all of a company's stakeholders, starting with employees and extending to community, customers and supply chain.

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Toolkit

Leading with Vision

Mission, Vision and Values with Tandem Impact

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Lyel Resner on Responsible Tech as a Business Imperative
Webinar

Lyel Resner on Responsible Tech as a Business Imperative

We discuss the growing intersection of technology, business, politics, and social responsibility. And why now more than ever, responsible tech is a business imperative.

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Mike Stopka on Environmental Sustainability for Startups
Webinar

Mike Stopka on Environmental Sustainability for Startups

We discuss how early-stage companies can get started right now implementing sustainability in meaningful and strategic ways, build credibility with investors, customers and suppliers around environmental and social responsibility, and updates on the key ESG issues we should all be following.

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Jeremie Bacon on Startup Environmental Stewardship
Webinar

Jeremie Bacon on Startup Environmental Stewardship

We discuss why it's essential startups focus on environmental stewardship from day one, where to get started and common pitfalls to avoid, advice for communicating on ESG with investors, customers and suppliers.

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Paul Estes on the Market Signals around Gig Economy
Webinar

Paul Estes on the Market Signals around Gig Economy

We discussed Paul Estes' take on the current market signals around the gig economy following the Deliveroo IPO, what that means for all tech businesses, post-pandemic trends around engaging with gig workers, and how early stage startups can start developing a gig economy strategy.

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Ilene Lang on Gender Equity for Startups
Webinar

Ilene Lang on Gender Equity for Startups

Ilene discusses her experience as a pioneering tech executive in the 1980s and 90s (at Lotus Development Corporation, then as the founding CEO of AltaVista Software, Inc.), and her work at the global forefront of thought leadership and research to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion.

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Alaina Harkness on Water Conservation for Startups
Webinar

Alaina Harkness on Water Conservation for Startups

Some topics Alaina discussed are where to look for water hidden in the supply chain, the state of water innovation and the water conservation movement globally, how startups can support the Blue Economy, and tips on what startups can do today to help protect local water resources.

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Mariah Lichtenstern on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Startups
Webinar

Mariah Lichtenstern on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Startups

As an investor and operator, Mariah shares her expertise on implementing DEI within company culture, what it is that signals to investors a company is serious about DEI, and an overview of the Startup DEI Pledge, which she helped design.

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