Spectrum of Values

Spectrum of Values

Impact investing appeals to a variety of investors because it balances commerce and compassion. It also offers a broad range of options; some strategies emphasize financial return while still seeking to benefit society. Other approaches put social impact first, accepting returns that vary from below-market rate to a simple repayment of principal.

Whatever the interest of an investor, finding one’s place along the spectrum is a key consideration. While the approach depends on the investor, there remain two key elements to any impact investment: intentionality and measurement. The investor’s intention needs to include some element of both social impact and financial return. And while there is more standardized metrics for financial returns (i.e. ROI), investors should also aim to measure the social impact. To do this, we recommend you refer to the GIIN’s IRIS+ system. It is the most commonly accepted system for measuring, managing, and optimizing impact.

Socially Responsible Investing (“SRI”)

Socially Responsible Investing or “SRI” is an investment style that is often referred to as “do no harm.”  It is an investment strategy that u...

Development Impact Bonds (“DIB”)

DIBs are similar to Social Impact Bonds, but instead of a local government paying for achieved results, an aid organization or philanthropic founda...

Benefit Corporation

A benefit corporation is a type of business that allows for-profit, mission-driven companies to pursue positive benefits to society as part of thei...

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