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The Impact Investment Forum is a member-based not-for-profit association of business leaders, industry experts, and thought leaders. The Forum is a place where members come together and share ideas around a common vision for achieving evidence based outcomes for targeted capital deployment with social and/or environmental priorities.
Trends in Impact Investing
In March 2018, GIIN published its Roadmap for Impact Investing designed to facilitate access, alignment, and measurement of impact investments, as well as fifteen other defined action criteria. This Roadmap sets the stage for a prospective plan based on the impact investing community’s historical experience.
Today’s Fortune piece, by Ryan Derousseau, How ‘Impact Investing’ Can Put a Profitable Spin on Charity, highlights a growing investment community axiom that social and environmental impact investing is and has been trending to strike the balance between mission focus and profitability.
Organic Returns illustrates what is possible when mission meets financial performance hurdles.
The massive transfer of wealth that is now underway will have the ability to accelerate social and environmental impact finance in ways that were not contemplated a decade ago. We can expect the trend to continue for decades to come.
The Global Impact Investing Network's new report, and others like this, which focus on the profitability of impact investments is critically important for purposes of guiding the investment community and other would-be investors in overcoming perceptions of impact strategy as pure philanthropy.
In a recent telecomtv.com post, Martyn Warwick, expands on his headline Majority of US municipalities now investing in smart city technology. He cites from the TechRepublic, that there are six key technologies to make a city smart, including: Smart Energy, Smart Transportation, Smart Data, Smart Infrastructure, Smart Mobility and Smart IOT Devices. Martyn’s conclusions on the infrastructure required to harness these technologies are on point.
Investors are stepping up their appeals for robust corporate sustainability reporting, with increased focus on climate impact and long-term performance in a carbon-constrained world.