A detailed look at impact investing

What is impact investing?

Impact investing in the latest wave in the RI evolution. Impact moves beyond simple exclusionary screening and recognises that through innovative financial solutions investors’ capital can be put in motion towards greater social utility while aiming to generate market equivalent returns.

The challenge of impact investing is in simultaneously delivering financial and societal returns. These two criteria are not conflicting but are both demanding. The financial targets are not token, but competitive, market rate returns. The societal objectives require a demonstration of clear, measureable benefits. Our clients hold us to exacting standards on both.

Impact strategies cover a broad range of complex social and environmental themes and in many cases harness the latest technology or pioneer delivery systems to gain efficiencies and reach those most in need.

Here we take a look into how some investments work in practice under three prominent themes across our Impact strategies.