So what is impact investing after all? Simply put, it is the effort to maintain the balance between the social impact and the financial returns of the investments. It is finding and funding the start-ups that have a higher purpose in the long-run. Investors being driven by values and the belief that it is, after all, possible to make a change. Profits and returns are still in play, of course, yet they don’t always have to come at too high of a cost.
Top 5 Impact Investing Firms
According to the Assets Under Management, here is the list of the current top 5 impact investing firms:
- Vital Capital Fund – private equity fund with approximately 350 million dollars in assets.
- Triodos Investment Management – subsidiary of Triodos Bank which manages over a dozen sustainable investment funds.
- Reinvestment Fund – non-profit community development financial institution.
- BlueOrchard Finance S.A. – first commercial manager of microfinance debt investment worldwide.
- Community Reinvestment Fund, USA – national non-profit certified community development financial institution.
To learn more about these and how they operate, head to Investopedia.
So What About the Nordics?
As we are discovering the subject in a little more detail, we thought now is a great opportunity to also look into our local impact scene and see who are the key players that are currently active on the market.
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“Awareness of the impact investing trend has been raised with organizations such as Toniic, a global action community whose purpose since 2010 has been to support and empower impact investors and entrepreneurs. Toniic said its members currently have a combined $2.8 billion in impact investments – a huge increase from $1.65 billion in 2016.” – Start Up Guide