Recently, I spoke at the Emerging Economies Family Office Summit here in London. The subject under debate was Impact Investing. It certainly was a lively discussion. Impact Investing, of course, is not a new phenomenon, the term first being coined in 2008 by the Rockefeller Foundation and I indeed agree with those that argue that it is a development of SRI (Socially Responsible Investing). As a sector of the global financial industry, Impact Investing is still relatively small however it is the influence it is exerting over conventional investment strategy which is most interesting. Then there is the question of balancing a wish for a positive social and environmental impact with the need for a financial return. When it comes down to the crunch – which takes precedent? Do feel free to read my article which looks at the growth of Impact Investing, its reach into the conventional financial investment market and the problems it will face in the future.
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