Gazing into the jungle of impact investments

A fast-growing number of investment strategies claim to be designed to have an intentional, positive and measurable impact on society and the environment while delivering an attractive risk-adjusted financial return. But what are best practices to measure the non-financial return?
Photo: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Photo: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The term "impact investing" was originally coined in 2007, and the number of strategies to pick between grows at a fast pace. The Global Impact Investing Network estimates that the current size of the global market is around USD 502bn.

Tomorrow, AMWatch is a partner at the Nordic Investment Forum, aiming to shed a light on questions, such as:

  • Impact investing – where is the industry headed?
  • What type of impact investment products are available?
  • How to measure the non-financial impact of investments?
  • Does it make sense to use rating tools to measure impact?
  • And much more.

Here are some of the articles from AMWatch's archives on impact investing:

Impact investors fail to measure negative outcomes

Philanthropic investor ahead of green impact curve  

Former Danske Bank fund selection chief launches Nordic Impact firm

Nuveen discusses impact investing with pension funds in Copenhagen

AP7 hires two managers for green impact active equities

AP1 and BlackRock coinitiates EM Impact Fund

Philanthropic investor in drive to boost green impact of its assets

Hermes says continual innovation gives competitive edge

Novo Nordisk owners launch impact investment fund

BMO GAM: Impact investing may be mere marketing ploy for some

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