Impact Investing

Transformational Business

The global action community for impact investors wants China’s elite to start investing for good social and environmental outcomes, accountants are the new activists on the green scene, Investment products that promote gender equality are becoming more popular, and we list the top 20 global social impact bonds.

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Investor network pursues’ holy grail’ of rigour and transparency in helping planet

A way to generate funding for social policy while also attracting investors

US private sector development veteran celebrates progress with reservations

Don’t dismiss activist bean-counters: spreadsheets make more difference than placards

Advocates say it is a way to assess investment risks, rather than to set limitations

Misuse of social impact investment for the purpose of public relations is becoming harder

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Despite huge scope globally, where and how to invest funds is often confused

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Innovation can improve healthcare but also widen inequalities

A new model to attract private capital for social projects has struggled to succeed

Claims made by some social projects do not stack up: investors beware

One investor has proved there is often value in businesses no one else will touch

Capital manager Chris West and impact investor Bill McGlashan offer their perspective

Technology, from blockchain to satellites, can track funded projects in real time

Socially responsible investment can be a way of bringing the generations together

Howard Buffett has put a social impact twist on grandfather Warren’s value investing

Demand for homes attracts investors, though their focus might not be social impact

Backlash against aggressive microlenders has encouraged new breed of flexible banks

A generational shift towards impact investing will test the financial industry’s mettle

Spending money to do good is great but defining the desired outcomes is important

The popularity of the strategy has prompted some to define its aims more clearly