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A Champion of Responsible Investing Takes On the Gun Industry

John Streur, the chief executive of the investment firm Calvert Research & Management, remembers exactly where he was when he learned of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Mr. Streur recalled standing in New York’s Pennsylvania Station on the afternoon of Feb. 14, squinting at his iPhone in disbelief as

Impact Investing: Using Your Dollars to Make Change

Maybe you’re the sort of person who participates in boycotts, deletes an app or protests a company because of an issue you’re passionate about. But what if you invested in the company instead? It may seem counterintuitive, but one way to effect change is through impact investing — investing in a company with the goal

How to avoid ‘impact washing’ in ESG’s fastest-growing sector

Third-party certification, shared principles or a code of conduct could help guard against product providers exaggerating their impact investing claims, according to a survey by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). More survey respondents were in favour of greater transparency on impact strategy and results, with 80% agreeing that this would help mitigate the risk

People are really into impact investing

In just one year, the estimated value of the impact-investing sector has roughly doubled. There are now $228 billion in assets under management, according to a recent survey from the Global Impact Investing Network, which is up an estimated $114 billion since mid-2017. Placing bets that provide both a financial and social or environmental return is booming. Because GIIN is a

Emerging markets next on map for impact investing

Impact investing in emerging markets might be poised for a major growth spurt, as proponents see pension funds and other institutional investors taking an increasing role in a field that largely has been filled by government financial institutions, foundations, and more specialized private equity managers. Large asset owners are starting to get more interested in

Can Impact Investing Avoid the Failures of Microfinance?

The impact investment industry is growing rapidly, a fact that many of us in the field celebrate. In 2010, J.P Morgan projected up to $1T in investment would be deployed this decade — which would make impact investing twice the size of official development aid to the world’s less develop countries (as defined by the United Nations), presuming

Housing Affordability Rises on the National Agenda

When Kaiser Permanente last month announced it would commit $200 million to address homelessness in areas it serves, the huge health care provider served notice that the private sector is recognizing that housing insecurity is both a pressing health problem and a significant drag on economic growth in key parts of the country. The money

Millennials are leading an investment revolution

Nuveen’s Third Annual Responsible Investing Survey of over 1,000 affluent investors found there is increased interest in working for, buying from, and investing in socially responsible companies. This is even more true among the millennials surveyed. 92% of millennials agreed with the statement “I care more about having a positive impact on society than doing well

Men are shifting their giving from nonprofits to social enterprises

For years, wealthy donors who wanted to make change in the world had pretty much one option: donate to charity. That’s changed with the rise of impact investing, which offers people the chance to back social ventures and potentially receive a financial return. But not all “high-net-worth donors” use the two options equally. A new

7 things I’ve learned about impact investing

he MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT) is a hands-on programme run by the Bridges Impact Foundation and Wharton’s Social Impact Initiative to give students first-hand experience of what impact investing is like. “There’s real money on the line,” says Nicole Kamra, an MBA student at London Business School. “This isn’t just a PowerPoint of what

Why Environmental Impact Bonds Are Catching On

Washington, D.C., had a problem. Like many cities with antiquated sewer systems, D.C. was under orders from the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce stormwater runoff that threatened the region's water quality. To solve the problem, the city wanted to experiment with "green infrastructure" as an alternative to building costly new pipes and pumps. But green

How to Meet Client Demand for Impact Investing

In 1970, economist Milton Friedman published his seminal magazine article, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits.” Since then, the line between portfolio management and philanthropy, profit and purpose, has blurred. Profits may still be a key measure of a company’s value to consumers and society, but perspectives on corporate social responsibility

From Landfill to Windfall

Trash nerd. That’s how Emily Landsburg identifies herself. Her colleagues agree the label fits, and so do her kids. “I have created a detour more than once on a family vacation to visit some sort of waste facility,” she says. “I get genuinely, passionately excited learning about new waste-to-value technology and projects.” In her role as

Impact investing goes mainstream

Impact investing is coming of age. Earlier in this decade, this new style of investing raised the question of whether socially conscious investors could really do well while doing good. Today, while we are still early in the journey, we think the answer to the question is clearly yes. This view is based on a

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

Investing to Make an Impact

A REVOLUTION IS underway in population health, carrying it far beyond the state and local health departments that are often its overworked and underfunded champions.Among the new practitioners are health systems, insurers, lenders – and a special breed of institutional and individual investors who seek to put private capital and entrepreneurial thinking to work to transform blighted

A Critical Reflection on Social Impact Bonds

At first glance, social impact bonds (SIBs) appear to be an ideology-free response to a range of social problems. As public resources are not always made available to adequately fund public and social services, SIBs leverage private investment to finance such services so that providers do not have to front the cost of delivery. Investors

Impact investor Acumen is helping solving global issues across the world

Jacqueline was then offered the mandate of starting Duterimbere, the first ever credit institution in Rwanda, a landlocked East African country.And, in 2001, when impact investment was unheard off, she founded Acumen, with seed capital from the Rockefeller Foundation, Cisco Systems Foundation and individual philanthropists. In the last seventeen years since its inception, the nonprofit global venture fund has invested