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Paula Peláez

Paula Peláez is the head of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and sustainable businesses at IDB Invest. She has been head of Business Call To Action (BCtA), a UNDP platform to encourage innovative business models among private sector companies that incorporate return on investment with an impact on development. She has been a program manager at CARE Canada and manager of advisory services at the consulting firm BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) in San Francisco, California. She has a master's degree in environmental studies and sustainable development from York University and a degree in industrial engineering from Universidad de Los Andes.

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Four Ways to Put the Circular Economy to Work for Your Company

The circular economy is tailor-made to tackle climate change and to shepherd the limited natural resources we depend on. In past years, we have seen a tremendous uptake of this agenda in the region, both in terms of policies and public initiatives as well as private sector action.

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As ESG Investors Look for Returns, Sustainability-Linked Bonds are the Hot New Thing

SLBs are new type of ESG-friendly bonds with variable coupons tied to sustainability targets. As opposed to green, social or sustainable bonds, issuance proceeds are not tied to specific green or social projects or assets; the focus is on the company’s ability to meet its commitments.

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The Digitization of Financial Cooperatives, a Must for Inclusion

The digitization of financial cooperatives, a fundamental component of the financial sector in the region, is accelerating. There are numerous examples of progress, from Ecuador to Jamaica, that provide grounds for optimism.

Three Ways to Support the Resilience of MSMEs to Overcome COVID-19
Three Ways to Support the Resilience of MSMEs to Overcome COVID-19

For MSMEs, the response to COVID-19 requires not only ensuring their survival in the short term, it also requires evaluating possible scenarios to align recovery efforts. For this, it is essential to strengthen their resilience.

The Case for Unlocking the Circular Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean
The Case for Unlocking the Circular Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean

Circular economy (CE) presents an opportunity for an inclusive and resource-smart future. It is also a chance for Latin America and the Caribbean to depart from an incremental into a transformative change.

How to Make the Sustainable Development Goals More Meaningful for the Private Sector
How to Make the Sustainable Development Goals More Meaningful for the Private Sector

After IDB Invest’s Sustainability Week 2019 in June, we distilled some key takeaways for the private sector on the Sustainable Development Goals. Here’s what we found.