Articles by Ben Thornley
A Watershed Moment in Impact Investing: The ‘Ninth Principle’ Shifts the Focus Beyond Good Intentions
In 2014, the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce laid out recommendations for the development of the impact investing market, in what Tideline managing partner Ben Thornley calls a "watershed moment" for the sector. Now, he says, that vision is becoming a reality, thanks in part to the launch of the IFC’s Operating Principles for Impact Management. He explores the importance of these principles – and why the ninth principle "is the real game-changer."
Impact investing has not been growing as quickly as many practitioners might have hoped, and knowledge of what does and does not work remains closely held. But in what they bill as "an unprecedented exercise in disclosure," Pacific Community Ventures and its partners are sharing the inner workings of 12 high-performing funds, hoping to spark a new era in impact investing.