June 6

Perspective: The Rapid Mainstreaming of Impact Investing

It’s no secret impact investing is mainstreaming quickly, with large, commercial investors like Zurich, Blackrock, and UBS taking significant strides. Yet the question remains: just how rapidly is the market changing, and what are the implications?

Amid all the noise about impact investing it can be difficult to get a clear read on what counts as fact or fiction. Yet each year the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) makes a critical contribution in the form of its comprehensive investor survey.

As a headline number indicative of mainstreaming, 59 percent of impact investors reported targeting market-rate financial returns in the 2016 survey, up from 54 percent in 2014.

However, there are a number of other findings that may be more predictive of the accelerating pace of commercialization.

The first relates to the experience of fund managers in impact investing.

Source: The Huffington Post (link opens in a new window)

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