WHAT IS IMPACT INVESTMENT

“Doing well and Doing Good”

“Investments intended to create positive impact beyond financial return”

“New terminology but a mature concept”

Impact investments aim to solve social or environmental challenges while generating financial profit. Impact investing includes investments that range from producing a return of principal capital to offering market-rate or even market-beating financial returns. Although impact investing could be categorized as a type of “socially responsible investing,” it contrasts with negative screening, which focuses primarily on avoiding investments in “bad” or “harmful” companies – impact investors actively seek to place capital in businesses and funds that can harness the positive power of enterprise. (http://www.thegiin.org)