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Why impact investing isn’t just for millennials

The young are vocal about climate change, pollution and inequality. Last year, Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg was catapulted to fame when her climate protest sparked an international wave of school strikes. The youngest-ever US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been making waves with her Green New Deal. One of the most powerful recent appeals, however, comes from Sir

9 Things Beginner Investors Should Know About Impact Investing

All investing has an impact. Impact investing, or the pursuit of making tangible positive change through your investments, has become a hot topic in the investment world. What you may not realize is that whether or not you’re consciously investing for change, your investments are making an impact, says Megan Schleck, CEO of the investment

Socially responsible investing: is it a thing in 2019?

With a large variety of investment opportunities available, it can be quite difficult to decide where to invest your money. There are many aspects to consider, including the return, dividends, risk, inflation, taxes and diversification. However, there are some investors who purposely choose to make it even more complicated. Today, people are becoming more conscious

Study says: Trees ‘most effective solution’ for climate change

According to a newly published study in the journal Science, planting billions, if not trillions of trees globally could be the single most effective way to fight climate change. The proven ability of trees to capture and absorb carbon dioxide has made them a valuable and relatively cheap tool in the fight against climate change. According

Why Social Impact is a C-Suite Issue

Solving the most pressing issues of our time has a colossal price tag. Today, the global impact investing market has reached $502 billion – which is excellent – but that’s nowhere near the $5 to $7 trillion that’s needed to achieve the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals over the coming decade. Whether it’s feeding the 821 million undernourished

How Sustainable ETFs Let Small Investors Make A Difference

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that invest in securities with sustainability goals are growing in popularity. According to predictions from BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, sustainable ETF fund assets are poised to grow from the current $25 billion to more than $400 billion by 2028. Millennials, in particular, are attracted to these ETFs because they offer low

Why hasn’t ESG investment really taken off yet?

In the future, when the planet is much hotter and the seas are clawing at our coastal trading cities, those dealing in finance and capital markets will look back and wonder why we hadn’t got our act together. Why hadn’t we acted quickly enough to address the burning environmental, social and governance, or so-called ESG, issues of

‘Socially responsible’ & impact investing: What’s the difference?

More and more investors are looking for "double bottom line returns" that meet financial goals and advance their personal values where people and the planet are concerned. Socially responsible investing and impact investing are both mission-driven investment strategies, but there are significant differences - semantic and practical - between the two approaches. What is socially responsible investing?

G7 ministers support impact investments

A gathering of G7 Ministers responsible for development cooperation has just finished in Paris, France, with the issuance of a statement supporting the impact investing market and the outcome-based funding instruments. "Coming on the heels of the supportive G20 Leaders Declaration in Japan, this extraordinary statement sets the scene for a strong declaration from the

Avoiding the greenwash in sustainable investing

Ethical, SRI, ESG, best-in-class, stewardship, sustainability and impact. As its popularity has grown, the responsible investment landscape has become confusing and overcrowded with terminology that excludes rather than enables. There is also little clarity or agreement on what the various terminologies mean. We believe confusion and poorly regulated product labelling may potentially lead to mis-selling.

Turning Impact Investing Upside Down To Erase Racial Wealth Gaps

“Biomimicry is the practice of solving problems by asking the question, ‘What would nature do?” says Boston Impact Initiative Fund founder and President Deborah Frieze. Her answer to that question has her flipping conventional investing wisdom on its head to close the racial wealth divide in Boston. While she hopes the fund will serve as

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

Fear Not The Family Office, This Is What Banks Should Think About

The family office has become a significantly powerful sector in the world of business, research conducted by Campden Wealth indicates that family offices now control assets in excess of $4 trillion. Despite the significant costs relating to setting up and sustaining a Family Office, EY estimates that there are currently 10,000 single-family offices, a ten-fold increase since 2008. Traditionally,

Sustainable Investing: How To Avoid Greenwashing?

With the rise and rise of new sustainable funds, the question of how to avoid greenwashing becomes more prevalent, and there is a lot of attention in the media for this. SRI labels are popping up and the EU is in the process of defining an ecolabel. Whereas in the past a fund would simply be

The promise of impact investing in India

Achieving the ambitious sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030 will take an estimated $5 to $7 trillion per year, with a financing gap of $2.5 trillion in developing countries.In India alone, the outsize challenge has been translated into a financing gap of $565 billion. While the country has seen huge progress across the social sectors,

Impact Investing’s ‘Third Phase’: What New Challenges Lie Ahead?

A dozen years have passed since the term “impact investing” was coined at a meeting of investors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists at the Rockefeller Foundation’s retreat center in the Italian seaside town of Bellagio. Antony Bugg-Levine, who was then managing director at the Rockefeller Foundation, recalled that the new term helped create a way for profit-oriented

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

Why ESG Investing Is Here to Stay

There’s bad news and good news about sustainable and impact investing in the U.S., says Andrew Lee of UBS. The bad: Adoption is slow, with just 12% of U.S. investors owning sustainable investments. The good is that sharp growth may lie ahead. UBS expects adoption to increase by 58% within five years. Sitting down with

Growing Universe of Impact Investors Satisfied With Results

The Global Impact Investing Network’s ninth survey of impact investors finds most are achieving their goals for positive social and environmental impact as well as for financial returns. The annual snapshot of the market reveals an industry that’s growing steadily and is increasingly diversifying, in terms of the types of investors as well as the

People, planet and profits: Impact investing exceeds $500bn

In a world where the dual scourges of immense poverty and global warming often overwhelm even the most optimistic people, investors of a new breed are stepping into the breach and staking hundreds of billions of dollars on solving the massive problems facing humankind. But this path to positive impacts isn't just about doing good. It's also about making