Survey Gauges Global Trends in Impact Investing, Anticipates Continued Growth Despite Pandemic

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) first surveyed impact investors in 2010, when only 24 members responded. Ten years later, impact investing has grown significantly, and nearly 300 impact investors participated in GIIN’s most recent annual survey about their 2019 efforts and 2020 plans. That growth in the impact investing sector alone evidences the importance of tracking trends in methods and motivations. GIIN set out survey data and findings in a report (Report) highlighting the prominent and critical role asset managers play in the impact investing market. The Report also explores tools market participants use to inform their investing; examines investment performance and portfolio risks; and analyzes two topics of particular interest in the current market: climate investing and catalytic capital. In addition, participants expressed a range of views about the likely effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This article summarizes the key takeaways from the Report. See our two-part series on environmental, social or governance factors in fund investing: “Past, Present and Future” (Nov. 10, 2016); and “Designing an ESG Investing Policy” (Nov. 17, 2016).

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