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GIIN Annual Impact Investor Survey 2017
Abhilash Mudaliar, Hannah Schi, Rachel Bass, Hannah Dithrich (The Global Impact Investing Network)
Impact Investing - Reports
May 2017

The GIIN’s 2017 Annual Impact Investor Survey is based on an analysis of the activities of 209 of the world’s leading impact investing organizations, including fund managers, foundations, banks, development finance institutions, family offices, pension funds, and insurance companies. Survey respondents collectively manage nearly USD 114 billion in impact assets, a figure which serves as the best-available “floor” for the size of the impact investing market.

It presents investors’ perspectives on key issues important to the impact investing industry, as well as analysis of their investment activity, asset allocations by geography, sector, and investment instrument, impact measurement practice, and performance.

Mobilising capital to finance solutions for today’s challenges
Ursula Oberhollenzer, MSc
Press & News - Articles
02 May 2017

On April 27th, 2017, ICON Vienna took place and we were participating in this 13th conference with distinguished panel and guests. Our contribution: Impact Investing.

CEO Guide to the SDGs
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
SDGs - Reports
March 2017

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched this guide - a new resource aimed at galvanizing engagement from global business leaders in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The CEO Guide to the SDGs sets out clear actions that CEOs can take to begin to align their organizations with the SDGs and plot a course towards unlocking the values they represent.

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United Nations
SDGs - Reports
February 2017

The 2030 agenda is a road map for people and the planet that will build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals and ensure sustainable social and economic progress world-wide. It seeks not only to eradicate extreme poverty, but also to integrate and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development—economic, social and environmental—in a comprehensive global vision.

The aim of this report is to start implementation with a sense of opportunity and purpose based on an accurate evaluation of where the world stands now. It presents an overview of the 17 Goals using data currently available to highlight the most significant gaps and challenges. The latest data show that about one in eight people still lived in extreme poverty, nearly 800 million people suffered from hunger, the births of nearly a quarter of children under 5 had not been recorded, 1.1 billion people were living without electricity, and water scarcity affected more than 2 billion people. These statistics show how important coordinated global data-generation efforts will be in supplying reliable and timely data for systematic follow-up and progress reviews.

This first report is a starting point. With collective global action, the opportunities before us can be seized and, together, the pledge of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind can be achieved.

BSDC Better Business Better World
The report of the Business & Sustainable Development Commission
BSDC
SDGs - Reports
January 2017

The report offers a positive alternative: setting business strategy and transforming markets in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For the past year, the Business and Sustainable Development Commission has been researching the impact on business of achieving these 17 objectives, known as the Global Goals, which UN member states agreed to in September 2015.

Toniic T100 Launch Report
Insights from the frontier of impact investing 2016
Impact Investing - Reports
December 2016

Toniic has published this important report at the launch of the T100: a multi-year study of the portfolios of over 50 Toniic 100% Impact Network members. It discloses for the first time the aggregated impact portfolios of more than 50 investors, ranging in size from less than $2 million to more than $100 million.

In search of impact - measuring the full value of capital
Measuring the full value of capital
University of Cambridge, Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Impact Measurement - Studies
December 2016

Investment is on the verge of a big leap forward. While the financial performance of funds is readily accessible, their social and environmental impacts remain largely opaque, not only to the public but to the investment industry itself. It is time to change that.

The ILG is confident that the investment industry can and will improve its measurement and communication of non-financial impacts to clients and beneficiaries if offered a conceptually rigorous and empirically sound framework. Two years ago, the group set out to design such a framework, engaging with sustainability reporting organisations, information providers and academics in order to refine its development and application.

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Offical Website
United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs
SDGs - Articles
21 November 2016

The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) seeks to provide leadership and catalyse action in promoting and coordinating implementation of internationally agreed development goals, including the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among other mandates, it hosts the secretariat for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the central platform within the United Nations system for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by Heads of State and Governments in September 2015. The 2030 Agenda is a new plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, with 17 SDGs and 169 associated targets at its core.

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UNIDO focusing on Sustainable Development Goals #SDG9
UNIDO
SDGs - Articles
21 November 2016

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as a specialized agency of the UN that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability, is determined to take its part in facilitating with the successful implementation of the SDGs in the globe.

The mandate of the Organization, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) to achieve shared prosperity and environmental sustainability around the world. The concept of ISID is included in the Sustainable Development Goals, namely Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

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Eurosif
Impact Investing - Studies
November 2016

In 2016, the European Sustainable Investment Forum presented the findings of its 7th Sustainable and Responsible Investment Study, first published in 2003. The Study highlights the scale of Sustainable and Responsible Investment practices and trends in Europe and across 13 European countries. For the first time, the Study provides new detailed insights on Exclusions, Impact Investing and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration practices. Some of the Study’s most important findings include, among others:

  • Exclusions are still the most popular SRI approach with over €10 trillion of assets under management, showing a 48% increase.
  • Impact Investing is the fastest growing SRI strategy with €98 billion, up from only €20 billion in 2013.
  • Norms-based screening has now become the second most significant SRI approach with over €5 trillion Assets under Management and a growth rate of 40%.

In this study Impact Investing is once again confirmed as the fastest growing strategy with a growth of 385%. Although the growth remains small in terms of assets, it has made Impact Investing, once more, the most dynamic and definitely the most promising approach for investors. The 2016 SRI study features a special focus section on Green Bonds