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Impact Investing

Impact Investments are investments made in social enterprises or investment funds that target social enterprises with the intention of generating positive social and/or environmental impact alongside a financial return.  The term “double bottom line” is also sometimes used to describe the same concept.  Some definitions include “measurable impact” to emphasize that social and environmental returns […]

SRI vs. ESG vs. Impact Investing

SRI vs. ESG vs. Impact Investing

When it comes to choosing values-based investments, it’s important that investors understand the differences between SRI, ESG and Impact Investing. Impact Investing is among the newest terms, coined by the Rockefeller Foundation in 2007. It is used to describe investments that generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return. However, this form of investing is often confused with Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) or ESG. To understand the differences, let’s take a step back and look at the evolution of these concepts.