January 2017 Impact Investing Roundup

  • Forest Trends Ecosystem Marketplace published a new report: The State of Private Investment in Conservation 2016: A Landscape Assessment of an Emerging Market. The report surveyed 128 banks, companies, fund managers, family offices, and non-governmental organizations and found that the private sector channeled $8.2 billion into investments that seek environmental benefits and financial returns between 2004 and 2015.
  • The Economist discusses how impact investing is becoming increasingly mainstream and some of the growing pains the sector is currently experiencing.
  • Toniic expects an increase in membership after President Trump’s tumultuous first weeks in office have proven to be a wakeup call to family offices.
  • new report by the Bank Information Center accuses the World Bank of funding the creation of policies that promote investing in fossil fuels. The World Bank strongly denies the report’s findings.
  • President Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City policy, aka the global gag rule, may make it harder for health workers to fight cancer, HIV, Zika, and Ebola.
  • How do you know if your aid is making an impact? Some researchers have begun implementing randomized controlled trials but are worried this tactic isn’t being deployed widely enough.
  • The recent Global Family Office Report 2016 found that two-thirds of family offices around the world are already active in or will likely be active in impact investing. Nearly half of respondents stated socially responsible investing is a more efficient way of achieving impact than philanthropy.
  • Here are the top 10 achievements and some of the biggest stories from Davos 2017.
  • The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that narrowing the global gender gap could add $12 trillion in annual gross domestic product.
  • Almost half of the top 50 business schools in the world now offer some kind of social impact program.
  • The Economist will host its inaugural impact investing conference on February 15th in New York.
  • Matt Onek, CEO of Mission Investors Exchange, describes how foundations are poised to become leaders in impact investing.
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a partnership with the Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS). GIIRS will serve as one factor to rate and authenticate the Small Business Investment Companies it reviews and licenses in 2017.
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