Impact Investing: A Growing Practice
A growing community of investors worldwide has begun to invest with the aim to generate positive social and environmental impact while also producing a financial return. These impact investors are channeling billions of dollars to fund social and environmental innovations in sectors as diverse as sustainable agriculture, affordable housing, clean technology, and financial services for the poor.
Appealing to a wide range of investor interests, impact investments can be made into companies, organizations, and funds in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns, from below market to market rate, depending upon the circumstances. By tapping the power of markets, impact investing has the promise of unlocking new capital sources to address the world’s most pressing problems. It can also catalyze market-based innovations that complement government and philanthropic efforts.
The GIIN Investor Forum
At this first-ever conference held in partnership by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and the City of London Corporation, more than 400 investment professionals from around the world came together to discuss and learn about the practice of social and environmental impact investment. Asset owners, asset managers, and other industry experts shared diverse perspectives on impact investing in developed and emerging markets, industry trends and opportunities, and how to best address common challenges.
The main program occurred over a day and a half and covered topics relevant to both experienced impact investors and those new to the practice. Investors representing financial institutions, pension funds, foundations, development finance institutions, and investment funds presented on plenary panels and breakout sessions covering topics including investment strategy, asset classes, risk and return spectrum, and impact measurement. The Forum also provided structured breaks to facilitate networking with peers and preeminent experts in the field.
Thank you to all who gathered to help advance the impact investing industry through in-depth and thoughtful conversation, connections, and collaboration.
About the Global Impact Investing Network
The GIIN is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. Visit the GIIN website to access investor resources such as our Knowledge Center and ImpactBase, as well as learn more about our initiatives to promote Impact Measurement and our diverse global Membership. GIIN Members enjoy a marked discount on the conference registration fee, so be sure to inquire about membership for your organization—it’s not too late!
About the City of London Corporation
The City of London Corporation provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. This encompasses three roles: (1) we support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration, education and skills projects. In addition, the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust makes charitable grants of more than £15 million annually. (2) We also help look after key London heritage and green spaces including the Museum of London, Barbican Arts Centre, Tower Bridge, City gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important ‘commons’ in south London. (3) And we also support and promote the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events, and research-driven policies. See www.cityoflondon.gov.uk for more details.
The City of London Corporation is playing a pivotal role in raising the profile of the social enterprise and social investment sector. Its vision is for London to become a global hub of social investment, as a key driver of economic growth.
Work focuses on:
- Encouraging and steering a growing supply of suitable finance into social investment (including the management of the City of London Corporation’s £20m social investment fund)
- Improving the regulatory and fiscal framework needed to support the marketplace
- Developing the capacity of social organisations to access investment and secure contracts and markets