More than Measurement: A Practitioner’s Journey to Impact Management

Bridges Ventures: More than Measurement is a new report by Bridges Impact+ and Skopos Impact Fund. It describes our development of an ‘impact management’ approach – which we define as the management of assets in order to meet explicit impact goals (alongside financial goals). This paper has catalysed a global effort to develop a shared[…]

The State of Venture Philanthropy & Social Investment in Europe

European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA): This report is the report for those of you who are interested in taking the pulse of our sector and the players within it. Five years of data has allowed us to analyse interesting trends and evolutions in the Venture Philanthropy / Social Investment sector. Below we highlight the most striking ones: •[…]

How Impact Investing Can Reach the Mainstream

McKinsey: In this article, McKinsey analyses the current impact investing market and how asset managers, investors, governments and entrepreneurs can grow the impact investing sector. Clear measurement standards, high-grade operations, specialized products, and more training for entrepreneurs can make impact investing a more influential practice. Read the full article here.

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

World Economic Forum: Investors have great influence over the social, environmental and economic challenges of societies, yet operate within a market infrastructure and investment ecosystem where the incentives do not generally balance social, environmental and economic impact. Impact investing – an investment approach intentionally seeking to create both financial return and positive social impact that[…]

Understanding the World of Impact Investing

Cambridge Associates: Tom Mitchell, Managing Director at Cambridge Associates in Arlington, outlines the practitioner’s perspective around the growing interest of impact investing, a field that is rapidly evolving with an infusion of new ideas and participants, as seen in the Committee Report: Investments in Trust & Estates. “In a world facing challenges related to a changing climate and stark[…]

Benchmarking Impact: Australian Impact Investment Activity and Performance Report 2016

Impact Investing Australia: The first data-set of Australian impact investments has revealed a diverse market that is delivering positive financial returns and impacting the lives of tens of thousands of people, through job creation, disability support, education and renewable energy generation, among other outcomes. The Report presents the findings from analysis of impact investment activity and[…]

Investment Policy: Process & Practice

Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI): PRI today announced the launch of the publication, Investment Policy: Process & Practice: Asset Owner’s Guide to Complete ESG Incorporation, which provides concrete, step-by-step guidance on how asset owners should be integrating ESG. The new guide is aimed at assist asset owners—public and corporate pension funds, superannuation funds, insurance companies, endowments,[…]

Investing for Global Impact 2016

FTAdviser: FTAdviser has published their third Investing for Global Impact report, which builds on the body of data exploring the philanthropic and impact investing activities of family offices and foundations. With a three-year data set accrued, the 2016 report is now able to start identifying trends in the behaviour of wealthy families, who have a[…]

The Business Value of Impact Measurement

The Global Impact Investing Network: The Business Value of Impact Measurement highlights ways in which impact investors and investees use impact measurement practices to inform investment and management decisions to drive business value. The report focuses on the connection between measuring the social and environmental performance of impact investments, and the application of these data[…]