For our first VFG Impact Leadership Retreat, Vanderbilt brought together the leaders within our impact investing group to learn and connect over the ideas currently circulating within our community.
For 2019, we're celebrating Earth Day over a full week of festivities and service. In service to our mission as a firm, we want to be the most impactful we can while aligning ourselves with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. We believe this includes investing with a specific purpose around environmental and social issues as well as offering up our service and our volunteer time to issues we deeply care about.
Today, March 8, marks the unofficial 110th celebration of International Women's Day. This day is not only a celebratory day, it's also a reminder of the work that's still left to do in gaining gender parity. While there are a million people and subjects we could've highlighted on this day, we decided to stay true to the Vanderbilt way of highlighting and celebrating the women entrepreneurs in our lives and the overall contribution they're making to our global economy.
We are pleased to announce that Vanderbilt Financial Group has joined the United Nations Global Compact initiative — a voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible business practices. With this announcement, VFG is proud to join thousands of other companies globally committed to taking responsible business action to create the world we all want.
For the month of February, Vanderbilt Financial Group (VFG) honors Black History Month through sharing the stories of significant contributions made to the finance and banking industry. In true Vanderbilt fashion, we highlight individuals whose impact rippled out in service of others.
For our first in a four-part series, we’re slightly breaking with tradition to highlight a woman of color who is not an American, yet impacted the lives of many Americans with the financial concept she developed and pioneered on the continent of Africa. We are proud to highlight the contributions of Ghanaian social entrepreneur and an early innovator of micro-lending, Esther Afua Ocloo.