Impact Investing Explained

According to the World Economic Forum, impact investing is “an investment approach that intentionally seeks to create both financial return and positive social or environmental impact that is actively measured. “  Impact investors invest with the intent of tackling a specific social or environmental challenge while achieving a financial return. The term impact investing is often associated with other terms related to value-based investing such as Socially Responsible Investing and Sustainable Investing. At Boundless, we view the the values-based investing world as following:


  1. Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)- the earliest form of  of values-based investing, SRI is defined by negative screening and shareholder advocacy. SRI investors deliberately seek funds that screen out investments in tobacco, weapons, animal testing, petroleum industries, etc.
  2. Sustainable Investing is the next generation of SRI investing. It is characterized by investing in companies that demonstrate socially-responsible Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices.
  3. Impact investing- investments tackling a specific social or environmental challenge while achieving a financial return. The positive impact must be measurable.


Knowledge Architecture

Boundless takes a sector-specific approach to impact investing. We believe that rigorous impact evaluation differs from sector to sector, and that best-practices should be identified on a sector level.

Boundless is active in the following sectors. (Hover the mouse to review Boundless activity and resources.)

US Sustainable Agriculture
African Sustainable Agriculture
Latin American Sustainable Agriculture
US Food Security
Economic Development
Affordable Housing
SME Finance
Sustainable Infrastructure
Women's Economic Empowerment
US K-12 Education Technology
Low-Cost Private Schools
Education Infrastructure
Ed Tech in Developing Countries
Smart Grid
Energy Storage
Waste Management/ Recycling
Conservation Finance
Forestry Conservation
Food Waste Solutions
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Healthcare IT
Clean Air
Water Management
Water Conservation
Access to Clean Water