Articles by Adam Bendell
Bringing Impact Data Out of the Dark: Why Impact Investors Need Harmonized Reporting Platforms to Reach Their Goals
Impact reporting today is inconsistent, unverified and locked up in information silos, with multiple, competing reporting platforms and methodologies. As Adam S. Bendell of Toniic explains, this makes it difficult for impact investors to compare and maximize the positive net impact of their investments. The key to solving this dilemma, he says, is to develop an interoperable ecosystem for reporting impact data. He shares four ways the sector could move toward this goal, building a system in which investors can easily compare impact performance across their portfolios.
The impact investor community Toniic recently released a report on the growing number of Toniic members who have committed to a 100 percent impact portfolio. The 76 portfolios in the report represent $2.8 billion in capital committed to impact – a 9 percent increase from its 2016 survey. Toniic CEO Adam Bendell discusses the trends revealed in the report, and what they suggest about the sector's evolution.
While today there are more impact firms and product offerings to choose from than ever before, information on impact intermediaries such as advisors and consultants, especially for private asset owners, remains sparse, writes Adam Bendell, CEO of Toniic. In a study released over the summer, the impact investing organization spoke with 37 impact advisors and consultants in 12 countries who are partnering with Toniic 100% Impact Network members to move their portfolios to 100 percent social or environmental impact.