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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

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

Will the coronavirus crisis make or break impact investing?

The ethos of impact investing for positive change seems tailor-made to tackle the devastating repercussions of the coronavirus crisis as states buckle and a recession looms, but cometh the hour, cometh the family impact investor? The $502 billion impact space is where investments are made with the aim of generating measurable environmental or social impacts

The Growing Call for New, More Sustainable Investing

In December, thousands of world leaders gathered in Madrid to address what is arguably the most pressing issue of our time: the climate emergency. We are, as the United Nations secretary general said, nearing “the point of no return.” Heads of state, business leaders, scientists, and activists at the COP25 conference urged drastic changes to

Impact Investing: Conscience, impact and abundance

When it comes to investing, financial returns and social considerations did not always go hand in hand. In fact, businesses went through a phase of prioritising profit maximisation at the expense of everything else, including the environment and community. However, the pendulum is slowly swinging the other way as impact investments, which support businesses that

Impact Investing VS Investing With Impact

Right now, interest in impact investing is experiencing explosive growth as the concept continues to capture the attention of mainstream investors the world over. In fact, The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) estimates the current size of the global impact investing market to be around $502 billion. While many are fully invested in making an impact, there's

An impact investing boom is under way

With concerns about climate change, human rightsand social justice dominating popular culture today, impact investing is experiencing a boom. The sector's phenomenal growth is being driven by investors who are not only seeking a healthy financial return, but also aiming to meet social or environmental goals. These twin desires are creating new opportunities and challenges for the "do

Global Impact Investments Show Healthy Growth: Study

The impact investing market continues to grow and mature, according to the Global Impact Investing Network’s ninth annual investor study. The 266 investors that participated in the study collectively manage $239 billion in impact investing assets, which they allocate across geographies, sectors and instruments. GIIN said this figure represents nearly half the total impact investing market as measured

Do-Good Capitalism Has to Act as If the World Depends on It

Climate change, extreme poverty, and all the world’s other big problems will be expensive to solve. The United Nations estimates that its 17 Sustainable Development Goals—a list of initiatives ranging from zero hunger to clean energy—will require annual commitments of private capital from $5 trillion to $7 trillion globally over the next decade. This daunting task

Your business can do well by doing good

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force in January 2016. These comprise 17 core goals, ranging from ending hunger to stemming climate change, providing a critical roadmap to a sustainable future and more prosperous world. It is clear that governments alone cannot fix these social, environmental,

U2’s Bono and TPG Launch Company to Measure ‘Impact Investments’

Bono and TPG are teaming up to try to prove that investments meant to benefit society at large do what they purport to do. The U2 frontman and his business partners at the U.S. private-equity firm announced a new company called Y Analytics, which will use a method they developed to measure social and environmental change created

This Brewery Staffed By Gang Members Is a Case Study In Measurable Impact Investing

It was a few days before Christmas 2015, and George Taylor could not believe what he was reading. Shane Simpson, a 16-year-old in Wilmington, North Carolina, had been killed in a gang-related drive-by shooting. Taylor didn’t even know his city had gangs, and he was so shocked and saddened by the killing that he vowed

The Year In Impact Enterprise and Investing

As the year draws to a close, let’s pause to consider what took place in the world of social enterprise and impact investing. Here are five noteworthy happenings. Impact investing activity keeps growing, with healthy returns.  According to the Global Impact Investing Network’s (GIIN) most recent Annual Investor Survey, the size of the global impact investing market

Impact investors win 13 per cent growth rate as the sector rapidly develops

The headline result of the 2018 Annual Impact Investor Survey , the eighth from the Global Impact Investing Network,  shows the size of a diverse and dynamic impact investing market. This level of return on investment was reported by the 82 respondents that completed the survey both five years ago and this year. The report findings are based on

The brave new world of impact investing

The emerging trend of socially responsible “impact investing” is grappling with growing pains. Big questions loom on the horizon. How should investors measure environmental or social impact? How can they prove their investments are sincere? Panelists at a summit hosted by cleantech incubator Vertue Lab (formerly Oregon BEST) on Wednesday addressed the challenges and opportunities for impact

Champions of Impact Investing

The Rockefeller Foundation coined the term “impact investing” in 2007 to describe private investments that generate a financial return alongside social or environmental impact. At the time, the idea wasn’t new; it just didn’t have a name, and, more importantly, there wasn’t a cohesive strategy or infrastructure to support the development of a variety of

Impact investing is booming–but not nearly enough to make radical change

Between mid-2017 and mid-2018, the value of the impact investing market roughly doubled to $228 billion in assets under management, according to a survey from the Global Impact Investing Network, a nonprofit that works to increase the scale and effectiveness of financial bets with social and environmental returns. But that’s still a drop in the bucket

Impact Investors Hold US$228 Billion in Assets

The relatively young market for impact investments—those that seek to have a positive effect on the environment and society—is continuing to expand at a steady pace as more players enter the market, the Global Impact Investing Network reported in its latest snapshot of the market released late Tuesday. The 229 investors that responded to the

Proof of Performance in Private Impact Debt

Proving that debt vehicles can deliver market returns as well as solutions to social and environmental problems, the Global Impact Investing Network announced financial performance benchmarks for impact investors in private fixed income funds on Tuesday. The benchmarks are the third category of impact investing measurements created by the GIIN, a nonprofit, in an effort

New impact investing ‘road map’ to help boost scale, effectiveness

The Global Impact Investing Network is calling on the investing community to take various steps to increase the "scale and effectiveness of impact investing." Among 18 actions outlined in the network's "Roadmap for the Future of Impact Investing" report are forming principles and standards to strengthen the identity of impact investing; aligning incentives with impact