Impact investing for a sustainable future

28 May 2015 by Priscilla Sani-Chimwele, Programme Analyst, Private Sector Development and Engagement

Big players are already engaging heavily in various impact investment ventures in various parts of the globe. Photo: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
In this blog series, our experts share their thoughts on key financing for development issues. Business does not take place in a vacuum. It takes place in countries, within communities and amongst people. Some say that the most critical aspect of a successful business is the customer. I would agree: A business that contributes to the wellbeing and affluence of its customers, by giving back, ensures that in the long run those clients are able to afford and continue to consume the goods and services that the business provides. Smart business sense.    While many business people have given back to communities through philanthropic ventures over the years, some investors rather only prefer to ensure that their investments are responsible, wherein they explicitly acknowledge the relevance of environmental, social and governance factors to their investment, without necessarily aiming to have a positive social or environmental return from their investments. Taking responsible investment (PDF) a step further, impact investment is a concept which responds quite strongly to the driving force behind running a private corporation… the need to make a profit, and in addition to a financial return, ensures measurable positive social and environmental impacts from an investment. Impact investing has been … Read more

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