18 May THE GIIN ANNUAL IMPACT INVESTOR SURVEY
The GIIN published its Annual Impact Investor Survey this week. The Survey analyses the activities of over 200 of the world’s leading impact investing organisations, covering the entire universe: fund managers, foundations, banks, development finance institutions, family offices, pension funds and insurers.
The Survey’s 208 respondents currently manage US$114 billion in impact investing assets, a figure which serves as the best-available “floor” for the size of the market. The analysis touches on the ‘mainstreaming’ of impact investment – the entrance of large financial institutions. Although respondents find that large-scale firms will help professionalise the market as well as bring credibility and much-needed capital with them, there is a worry about mission drift.
According to Amit Bouri, CEO of the GIIN, multinational initiatives such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement have highlighted the scale and urgency of which capital must be deployed to help solve the world’s most pressing sustainability issues. 60% of the investors surveyed say they track the financial performance of their investments in accordance with the SDGs.