How Do You Measure the Bottom Line for Impact Investing?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Since 1993, when I was at the Yale School of Management, to my work with the Calvert Funds and Foundation and now with my company Honest Tea, I’ve been a part of hundreds of discussions and debates about how to evaluate the return on an impact investment.

Centuries of academic work and millions of billable hours have been dedicated to refining the metrics of financial investments so that investors have a clear picture of their return. But those of us in the social investment space continue to navigate in far murkier waters.

The bottom line is that the bottom line for impact investing is harder to understand.

Source: CSR wire (link opens in a new window)

Categories
Entrepreneurship, Impact Assessment
Tags
impact investing, poverty alleviation, social impact