Impact investors have a long way to go to get impact management right. They need to get better at it, or risk meeting the same fate as ESG investing – being branded as a scam – and fail in their mission to save people and planet.
Just 28% of BlueMark's US$160bn-strong sample commit to “critical” practice, with impact investors that target below-market rates scoring better overall on impact management practices than market-rate peers.
Head of Harvard Business School’s Impact-Weighted Accounts Project sets out his vision for true impact transparency as he emphasises that existing sustainability accounting approaches focus too much on risk.
Data-savvy entrepreneurs connect better with their customers and run healthier businesses. But social startups often lack technical knowhow. The Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship wants to change that – but it faces a learning curve, too.
Progressive investors have long grasped the need to measure their impact at both investee and investor level. But there's a third level at which they can make a difference, as new research finds – even if measuring this isn't easy.
Different tribes of the impact economy are converging as the ESG movement hots up and impact-focused leaders open arms to their fellow problem-solvers. We report from a recent Social Value International event.
Pioneering researcher argues need for higher expectations of impact investing, as global problems are worsening despite growing investment, while TIIP’s Monique Aiken bets on innovation and says we shouldn’t do things like it’s 2019.
In his latest Nicholls & Dimes column, Jeremy Nicholls applies Monty Python’s analysis of the Roman Empire to current challenges of reporting performance on ESG and corporate impact – and concludes that charities already have the answer.
We need ‘warrior accountants’ who must do more than help “standardise ESG”, warns Jeremy Nicholls. The risks of depending on declining environmental resources or below-standard working conditions must also be “managed and reported".