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Why impact investing matters

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  • Mar 19, 2018
Why impact investing matters

Ten years ago, impact investing was virtually unknown. Today, it's been referred to as a $250 billion market. Want to learn more?

Ivey Assistant Professor Diane-Laure Arjaliès recently worked with Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) to publish a primer on impact investing. She breaks down the basics as to what exactly impact investing is, and covers the measurement issues, types of investment, and risks.

Impact investing, or socially responsible investing, supports sustainable organizations with social and environmental benefits, while also generating financial returns. Here's how she describes it.

"The best way to fish for a long time is to make the fishes flourish," Arjaliès writes. "Impact investing creates a healthy ecosystem for those fishes — the organizations and stakeholders that compose our society. Without them, the 'fishermen' in financial markets will ultimately fail."