Growing Universe of Impact Investors Satisfied With Results

Thursday, June 20, 2019

By Abby Schultz

The Global Impact Investing Network’s ninth survey of impact investors finds most are achieving their goals for positive social and environmental impact as well as for financial returns.

The annual snapshot of the market reveals an industry that’s growing steadily and is increasingly diversifying, in terms of the types of investors as well as the breadth of their interests.

This year the GIIN surveyed 266 investors—the most so far—managing US$239 billion in assets, just under half the US$502 billion the GIIN recently estimated are invested globally.

Most impact investors (66%) are looking for risk-adjusted, market-rate returns, although 70% of foundations and not-for-profit fund managers investing for impact—26% of all surveyed—seek below-market returns, the survey shows. Overall, 90% of investors are satisfied with the financial and impact returns they track, based on their range of objectives.

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Source: Barron's (link opens in a new window)

ESG, impact investing