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Winning Sustainably: Harvard Students Make Top Ten Finalists in Morgan Stanley Sustainable Invest...

  1. Fewer hospitalizations due to gastrointestinal diseases caused by contact with human waste.

  2. Reduced soil and water pollution, leading to improved health and environmental outcomes.

  3. Decreased work absenteeism due to improved health care, thereby increasing productivity rates.

  4. An increase in the percentage of female literacy.

  5. A significant reduction in the number of deaths for children under the age of 5. According to a February 2015 report by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, data suggests that 71% of individual investors are interested in Sustainable Investing, with females and millennials leading the way. The demand for social responsibility in investment decisions is rising and this presents new opportunities which are no longer deemed unprofitable. Recent research done by the WHO indicates that for every dollar invested in both water and sanitation, there is an economic return between $3 and $34 based on the region. Creating a sustainable and profitable template that works in Brazil, this same strategy would have a positive effect in the developing world. The Agua Potavel Infrastructure fund team believes in a mission that is greater than simply financial gain as they have effectively bundled a package that delivers on profits and aids with poverty alleviation. We wish them the best of luck! Natasha Larsen runs operations at the Harbus and previously worked as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. She spends her spare time reading books on social entrepreneurship, honing her culinary skills, drinking tea at coffee shops and travelling the world, while dancing to 90's pop music. You can follow her on Instagram @Natboston.

Established in 1937, The Harbus News Corporation is the independent student news publisher of Harvard Business School.

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