An Overview of Impact Investing
Impact investing is a proactive approach to investing that seeks to solve social and environmental challenges through direct investment in private companies, projects and funds, while also earning a relatively attractive financial return. It is this notion of making it financially attractive to solve social issues that is intriguing a growing number of institutional investors globally, starting with those whose raison d’être already has a social and/or environmental inclination. Developments in this area overall are farthest ahead in the U.S. and the U.K. and are being watched closely by Canadian investors. This paper is intended as an introduction to impact investing for institutional investors in Canada. In addition, we provide examples of various impact investment initiatives, as well as a bibliographical list for further reading.