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Impact Investing

Putting the ‘S’ in ESG: Measuring Human Rights Performance for Investors

By Casey O’Connor and Sarah Labowitz | Impact Investing, Library

Until recently, sustainable investing was a niche in the broader financial landscape. But today, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors are increasingly important to mainstream investors. Large financial firms like Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs are expanding their ESG product and service offerings. Going forward, women and millennials are…

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Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in Impact Investing

By Gray, Ashburn, Douglas and Jeffers | Impact Investing, Library

Impact investing provides investors opportunities to generate social and environmental value through their investable assets. Over the past decade, limited partners have increased capital allocations to socially driven private equity funds. In turn, these funds have increased investment in mission-driven portfolio companies with the goal of increasing the size of…

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Across the Returns Continuum

By Bannick, Goldman, Kubzansky and Saltuk | Impact Investing, Library

For many years, the field of impact investing played host to great debates that involved seemingly irreconcilable positions: Was it possible to achieve both market-rate financial returns and meaningful social impact? Could philanthropic funding coexist effectively with commercial investment? Now, as the field reaches a new stage of maturity, leading…

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How Investors Can (and Can’t) Create Social Value

By Brest, Gilson and Wolfson | Impact Investing, Library

The vast majority of investors throughout the world have a single goal: to earn the highest financial return. These socially-neutral investors only want to maximize their risk-adjusted returns and would not accept a lower financial return from a socially beneficial investment. An increasing number of socially-motivated investors have other goals…

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Impact Investing: A Primer for Family Offices

By World Economic Forum | Impact Investing, Library

This report, published in December 2014, is the latest in a series of reports the World Economic Forum has produced on impact investing. Its authors are Michael Drexler, Senior Director Head of Investors Industries, and Abigail Noble, Associate Director Head of Impact Investing Initiatives at the WEF.  Impact investing has become…

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Impact Investing Through A Donor-Advised Fund

By Levitt, Adler & Colvin | Impact Investing, Library

The Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) is a rapidly growing vehicle for charitable giving in the United States. What is a DAF and how can impact investors use it to invest in social challenges. This report by David Levitt, principal of Adler & Colvin law firm in San Francisco, discusses impact investing through…

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Report: Investing and Social Impact: Practices of Private Foundations

By Phil Buchanan, Jennifer Glickman, and Ellie Buteau | Impact Investing

There’s been a lot of discussion about aligning investment practices and mission at foundations, but to what extent are foundations engaging in practices like impact investing and negative screening? To dig beneath the talk and better understand the current state of practice at large private foundations, CEP surveyed CEOs at those foundations…

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From the Margins to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors

By World Economic Forum | Impact Investing, Library

The World Economic Forum Report highlights the potential of impact investing to generate market returns while addressing key social and environmental challenges. The report provides a market assessment and recommendations for how mainstream investors can more actively engage in impact investing. The overall objective of the Mainstreaming Impact Investing initiative…

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Status of the Social Impact Investing Market: A Primer

By Maximillian Martin | Impact Investing, Library

This report, prepared for the UK Cabinet Office by Dr. Maximilian Martin, Founder and Global MD of Impact Economy, provides an overview of the nascent but fast growing market for social impact investing, through which private capital is invested to intentionally create positive environmental and social outcomes as well as financial…

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