FINANCE MATTERS AT THE GIIN INVESTOR FORUM 2016

09 Dec FINANCE MATTERS AT THE GIIN INVESTOR FORUM 2016

Finance Matters attended the GIIN Investor Forum in Amsterdam this week. The forum brought together over 800 participants from 45 countries and 6 continents from various areas across impact investment: asset managers and owners, social enterprises, civil society and academia – to discuss the most pressing issues facing the industry today.

While the industry has experienced exponential growth in the past 10 years, panel debates at the forum emphasised the fact that the next five years will require even more concerted action. After COP21, there is great recognition that private capital will need to fill incredible gaps in order to keep the world on the path to limit temperate rises below 2C .

As Amit Bouri, Chief Executive of The GIIN stated, business as usual is not enough – we need rapid accelerated growth and sophistication of the industry to achieve these ambitious goals. However, it is not just about scaling up, not just about counting money – but rather making sure money counts and has the right impact. Impact measurement thus becomes essential to maintain the integrity of the industry as it continues to grow.

Finance Matters left the conference slightly overwhelmed by the massive challenges posed by climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. But also inspired by the fact that the impact investment community now encompasses so many people immensely passionate about using finance to adress them.