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Layering Evidence for Impact Investing Success

The field of impact investing turns 12 this year. As any parent knows, 12-year-olds can be precocious, and while they’re still young, they’re also maturing and ready to take on more responsibility and accountability. The same is true of the impact investing field. In particular, now is the time for more maturity and accountability in measuring social

Sustainability themes too important to ignore

2019 was a pivotal year in the journey towards a more sustainable future. The recent wave of public attention generated by the nature documentary series ‘Blue Planet II’ has helped to create a backlash against single-use plastics. Sustainability issues have made front-page news courtesy of environmental movement Extinction Rebellion and Swedish teenage climate activist Greta

Impact Investing Calls for a Head, Heart and Math Approach

Impact investing—in which social and environmental performance is considered on par with financial performance–has become an increasingly popular investment approach in the last few years. According to a Global Impact Investing Network report, the impact-investing sector has doubled in size over the past couple years. Moreover, impact investors say their impact investing allocations will continue to grow.

How can impact investors balance the green energy equation?

Impact investors must be aware of both the positive and negative consequences of their activities. Clean energy sources all involve some environmental cost, such as disposing of equipment at the end of its life. Understanding these impacts throughout renewable sources' lifecycles can help investors strike the right balance. Impact investing has always been a matter

The ESG Megatrend Meets Green Bonds

It’s clear that sustainable investing has been thrown into the limelight. Increasingly, investors are seeing both the financial and social imperative for sustainable investing. In particular, the rapid growth of green bonds—a fixed income investment that is designed to raise funds for the climate or environment—is booming. The above infographic from Raconteur navigates the growing green bond

Against All Odds, It’s a Boom Economy for Sustainable Investing

In a troubled economy, a continuing bright spot continues to be growing interest in sustainable investing with a lens on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Global financial services firm Morningstar’s latest Global Sustainable Fund Flows Report shows that sustainable funds rebounded strongly after the initial pandemic-induced market sell-off. It’s a bleak economy, but sustainable investing is on the

Roles Foundations Play in Shaping Impact Investing

“Impact investing,” as a term of art, was coined at Rockefeller Foundation retreats in northern Italy in 2007 and 2008. The attendees visiting the foundation's Bellagio Center near Lake Como—people working in organized philanthropy, asset management, social enterprise, and consulting—discussed how to describe the wide variety of their activities that had for decades engaged private

Impact Investing Won’t Save Capitalism

Next month will be the anniversary of the U.S. Business Roundtable’s 2019 call for a shift from “shareholder capitalism” toward “stakeholder capitalism.” Business leaders asked us to imagine a transformed world, but a bat virus in Wuhan had its own ambitious plans — and has, for the time being, transformed the world in quite another way. It

Wealthy investors’ growing demand for sustainability suggests new investment trend

The world’s uber wealthy are increasingly putting their money towards socially, ethically and environmentally conscious businesses, which could spur the growth of sustainable investments. In Capgemini’s World Wealth Report 2020, more than a quarter (27%) of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) — those with investible assets of $1 million or more — said they were interested

Coronavirus will heighten adviser focus on ESG

Teamshares is a provider of business purchasing services intended to provide liquidity to small entrepreneurs through buyouts. The company acquires small businesses with fast decision making in initial interviews and deal closing within months after signing LOI, thereby enabling business owners to easily sell their established business at a fair market price and retire

How Investors Can Integrate Social Impact With Financial Performance to Improve Both

After years of framework development, metric definition, and data collection, many investors are increasingly able to anticipate, measure, and manage the social and environmental results of their investments. Many of these practices are now codified in frameworks such as the Operating Principles for Impact Management. But for investors to play an even greater role in solving

Impact investors come together to tackle economic and social costs of coronavirus

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) convened the new Response, Recovery, and Resilience Investment Coalition (R3) with the purpose of maximising global impact investing response efforts to the pandemic, by identifying high-impact investment opportunities and co-ordinating impact investors to fill financing gaps. “Impact investing is more important than ever. Impact investors have been at the

This Nigerian Company Is Using Light From The Sun To Fight Coronavirus Spread

In rural areas all of over the world, two things can be really scarce: reliable electricity and adequate healthcare. To help solve this, solar companies in Nigeria are pitching in to provide electricity to the front-line healthcare facilities fighting COVID-19. Lumos Nigeria is one of four renewable energy companies that has been selected to receive a share

Global Impact Investing Network launches COVID-19 coalition

Several impact investing networks have formed a coalition to facilitate COVID-19 related impact investments, the Global Impact Investing Network said Tuesday. The Response, Recovery, and Resilience Investment Coalition, will be managed by GIIN, a non-profit organization aimed at increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. Initial supporters for the R3 Coalition

How The Impact Investing Model Could Support Vulnerable Communities In The Time Of COVID-19

For the second time in a little over a decade, the United States is facing an economic crisis on a near-unprecedented scale, while simultaneously battling the worst pandemic in over a century. To date, over 80,000 people have died in the United States from COVID-19, and more than 33 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits

COVID-19’s Market Impact Will be Transient for Life Sciences

As the COVID-19 outbreak has halted the world, we are witnessing the life sciences industry come together and aggressively react to one of the gravest threats of our lifetime. The stock market’s reaction to the outbreak has been unprecedented with daily 1,000 point moves in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) becoming standard fare, and

Impact investing in the time of COVID-19

With the world now in the throes of a deep recession, one thing is clear: helping countries recover from COVID-19 will require billions of dollars to revive jobs and value chains, tackle systemic inequalities and promote a greener reconstruction. This will present significant opportunities for investors to innovate and finance projects that contribute to sustainable

Why sustainable investing is key to post-pandemic recovery

A few days ago, Andrew Cuomo, the much lauded governor of New York – who recently captivated legions of fans due to his handling of daily coronavirus briefings – spoke of the need to have personal protective equipment (PPE) manufactured in the US and accessible on home soil. He framed this as an urgent matter

This is an opportunity to prove our money can do more than just make more money

The coronavirus pandemic is testing our global community in unprecedented ways. The unbearable human toll is already staggering. The toll on our healthcare system, our global economy, and our personal lives is still coming into focus. This pandemic is changing us. Among the most striking changes is our collective return to what is ‘essential.’ Governments

Impact investing: Build back better

It is a common observation – supported by the likes of the World Bank and the United Nations – that incorporating resilience into communities after a natural disaster helps prepare them for future catastrophes. This is known in the jargon as ‘building back better’. Investors and asset managers serious about addressing the UN Sustainable Development