Substitute the word “impact” for “social performance,” and current debates in the investment community sound exactly like the ones the microfinance industry had 10 years ago. The investor community can learn from microfinance’s successful efforts to set standards for non-financial returns—the “other bottom line.”
How impact investors, commercial investors, and social enterprises can take advantage of Series B financing and create greater impact.
Let’s be ambitious about using innovative financing to help sort out global supply chains, provide catalytic capital for energy transition, and link talent in emerging markets to online marketplaces.
Solving the problem means taking an inclusive approach to foster sustainable development in the countries of origin.
Even foundations that don’t have an impact investment program can catalyze market-based social innovations by getting creative with how they structure their grants.
The favorites of the year.
Two federal agencies have removed barriers that have discouraged foundations and pension funds from seeking out impact investments.
Two considerations for impact investors looking to extend their reach to fragile and conflict-afflicted markets—where the need for responsible capital is greatest.
A four-point framework for funders to advance a low-carbon future using their entire endowment.