More Evidence of Impact Investing Growth–And What It Means for Social Entrepreneurs

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sustainable, responsible and impact (SRI) investing is expanding, offering new opportunities for social enterprises, especially those registered as Benefit Corporations.

Those are some of the implications of a recent study conducted by the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) Foundation ‘s report, US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2016, according to Meg Voorhes, director of research.

“There are encouraging signs for social entrepreneurs,” she says.

Specifically, the biennial report found that SRI assets have expanded to $8.72 trillion in the U.S., a 33% increase from 2014. That’s a significant portion of total assets under management. The research, first conducted in 1995, studies U.S. asset  managers and institutional investors using one or more sustainable investment strategies.  Asset managers, including 477 institutional investors, 300 money managers and 1,043 community investing financial institutions, consider environmental, social or corporate governance (ESG) criteria across $8.19 trillion in assets, up 69% from two years ago.

Source: Forbes (link opens in a new window)

ESG, impact investing