Impact Investing

Some clients come to us with a desire to invest their assets to achieve more than just financial returns. As a Certified B Corp, we seek to effect change both at home and abroad. This is done by facilitating investment in high-impact projects for those clients who desire to have a direct connection to their investments.

Impact Investing comes with a different set of risks and returns than traditional investing, and may not be appropriate for all investors. Not all opportunities are available to all investors, but we strive to democratize access to Impact Investing, by seeking out investments that are available both to affluent and non-affluent clients who have an interest in high impact investing.

We are constantly seeking out new opportunities to Invest with Impact. This page is not a comprehensive list of Impact Investments (contact us for a current list), but is intended to showcase the first investment we have sourced directly, through our partners at Vanderbilt Financial Group.

An investment that fights climate change, reduces your carbon footprint, cleans the air, helps farmers build revenue, and produces sustainable timber all at the same time

About World Tree

World Tree USA, LLC (“World Tree”) is an agroforestry company focused on promoting the environmental and economic benefits of the  Empress Splendor (Paulownia) tree.

Founded in 2015 by Wendy Burton, the World Tree group includes foresters, agronomists and scientists with extensive experience with agroforestry and, more specifically, the Empress Splendor (Paulownia) tree.

World Tree is the largest grower of Empress Splendor (Paulownia) trees in North America, with 2000 acres under management across the USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico. The management team has over 30 years of experience working with the Empress Splendor (Paulownia) tree and grows 18 exclusive tree varieties.

The Eco-Tree Program (Opportunity Overview):

The Eco-Tree Program provides investors with the opportunity to participate in a timber investment while creating direct environmental benefits relating to forest restoration, carbon sequestration and promoting healthy eco-systems. The Eco-Tree Program leverages the fast growth rate of the Empress Splendor (Paulownia) tree to maximize the economic and environmental benefits of agroforestry.

World Tree’s objective is to meet the growing global demand for timber in a more sustainable way. The Empress Splendor (Paulownia) tree has been rated the fastest growing tree in the world, maturing in only 10 years, to produce a timber that has the highest strength to weight ratio of any hardwood commercially grown. The Company diversifies risks for investors through growing trees in 5 countries, at hundreds of unique farm locations