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BEYOND TRADE-OFFS: Investor perspectives from across the continuum of impact investing

As impact investing grows, investors are beginning to better understand the relationship between risk, return, and impact. Beyond Trade-offs is a series that includes research from the Economist Intelligence Unit on the factors driving this growth, and perspectives from leading investors who have moved beyond the trade-off debate to...

Millennial Voices: new collection of stories from Authentic Investor

Authentic Investor have released a new collection of short articles written by millennials working in investment. Millennial Voices brings together the stories of six young investment professionals, all working in sustainability roles across Canada, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. Their reflections show the...

GIIN Investor Forum 2018

This year’s GIIN Investor Forum 2018 will be the largest global gathering of impact investors. Join us on the 30-31 October in Paris to meet with peers, potential partners and co-investors from around the world. The Forum provides a unique opportunity to gain insights from industry...

Impact investing for the SDGs

According to a new survey from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), the value of the impact investment market has doubled in the last year, and is now worth $228 billion. Whilst this figure sounds impressive, it’s substantially less than the $5-7 trillion needed to...

Money managers team up with charities to offer ethical investment products

The Economist has an interesting piece on Impact Shares - a non-profit money manager who is developing exchange-traded funds in partnership with non-profits. Impact Shares has drawn on the expertise and experience of non-profits to determine criteria for ethical stocks around particular social justice issues....

UK ethical investment market set for 173% growth

Edie reports that the ethical investment market in the UK will reach £48bn by 2027. New research from Triodos Bank, which surveyed 2020 UK investors, shows a growing appetite for socially responsible investment. Given that this commitment is particularly high among millennials and Gen Z,...

Worthstone launches impact investing awards

Worthstone, the social impact investment firm, have announced the launch of a series of ethical investing awards, to celebrate and recognise best practice in impact investment. Award categories include best impact product, best impact firm and an award for individual advisors. Submissions are open now...

Investing in a just transition

A new paper from the Grantham Research Institute argues that while investors are increasingly taking action on climate change issues, few are integrating social concerns into their strategies - tackling not only the challenge of ‘stranded assets’, but also the risk of ‘stranded workers’ and...

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...

FINANCIAL TIMES’ GUIDE TO IMPACT INVESTING

For someone seeking a crash course in impact investing, as well readers more familiar with the topic, the Financial Time's Guide To Impact Investing is an interesting read. The guide, published this week, covers the origins and development of impact investment in the US and...

A TONIIC REPORT: VENTURE PHILANTHROPISTS & IMPACT INVESTORS

The Toniic Institute released a new report this week titled "Venture Philanthropists & Impact Investors Sharing - Collaboration Successes & Challenges". The report looks at the maturing impact investment movement, where we're increasingly seeing different types of investment models being deployed to address some of the...

Millennials and Impact Investment

Toniic, a global action community for impact investors, released a report on Millennials and Impact Investment this week. Many surveys suggests that millennials have an interest in impact investment, but also suggests that perhaps there is often more talk than action. The report seeks to empower interested millennials to...

A NEW BLOOMBERG GENDER-EQUALITY INDEX

This week saw the launch of the Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index (BFGEI), which scores financial service companies on how well they treat women and whether they can be said to be promoting gender equality. The index provides investors and organizations with standardized data across...

IMPACT CAPITALISM SUMMIT

This week saw the Impact Capitalism Summit hosted in Chicago by Big Path Capital. It has been coined the "Davos of Impact Investment" and is the largest gathering of family offices, foundations, and institutional investors taking a portfolio approach toward Impact Investing globally. Speakers at the...

CLIMATE CHANGE AND SME FINANCE AT THE IDB

Devex recently published an article on the annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank in the Bahamas, where climate change and SME financing were at the top of the agenda. Recognizing the severe threat that Climate Changes poses to the region, the IDB has agreed...

AMIT BOURI ON THE EVOLUTION OF IMPACT INVESTING

NextBillion recently published an interview with Amit Bouri,  the CEO and co-founder of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). Since its foundation in 2007, the GIIN has been a trailblazer in the impact investing sector and today provides resources such as specialized training to fund...