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93% of U.S employees believe companies must lead with purpose- according to a recent Harvard Business study. Now more than ever, companies and investors should have a greater good in mind.
The Global Impact Investment Network's vision is to globally transform capitalism to a force for good: positively contributing to social, economic, and environmental issues.
Who They Are
Global Impact Investing Network was founded in 2009 to help build industry infrastructure and support activities, education, and research to help accelerate the development of the impact investing industry.
If you aren't familiar with the term "impact investments," the term can be defined as "investments that are made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate positive, measurable, social, and environmental impact alongside a financial return."
The GIIN is the global champion of impact investing. They are dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of it around the world.
Their Misson & How They Fulfill It...
Impact investing challenges the long-held view that social and environmental issues should be addressed only by philanthropic donations, and that market investments should focus exclusively on achieving financial returns.
The Global Impact Investing Network seeks to help increase social responsibility for investors around the world. Leading supporters of the organization include the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and Prudential Financial.
Climate Crisis Initiatives
The climate change crisis is the single biggest threat to sustainable development and has an impact that disproportionately affects the poorest and most vulnerable communities. In order to combat this crisis, mobilizing capital from investors will be a key factor in driving change.
Learn more about what GIIN is doing to help through their case studies and research 👉 here.
Global Impact Investing Network Membership
The GIIN offers a network of like-minded investors and organizations interested in deepening their engagement with the impact investing market. Through this network, you gain access to special members-only in-person events, priority access to the latest industry resources, webinars, and more. The diverse, global community consists of over 360 organizations in approximately 50 countries.
Learn more about this program 👉 here.
The GIIN offers a training program with coursework to help investors build applied skills to successfully attract, deploy, and manage capital. Their coursework builds on the latest market data, case studies, simulations, and feedback from leading LPs, GPs, and advisors.
Learn more about the training program 👉 here.
A Case Study of Impact Investing
Acumen & Everytable
Ernie Gutierrez's commute and errands take him through the center of Compton, California nearly every day. The Compton region has a 16% higher rate of obesity compared to the rest of the Los Angeles area. He saw firsthand how few healthy options there were in grocery stores.
Ernie then noticed a new restaurant open with a different menu and approach, Everytable. Acumen, a nonprofit organization, saw the potential that it had to help the community and decided to invest. Acumen invests “patient capital” – that is, philanthropically-backed investment capital—in early-stage social enterprises.
Ernie is now one of many who recognizes that the health benefits of opening Everytable are compounding for the Compton community, thanks to the help of impact investments.
What's Next? How You Can Get Involved...
Join GIIN's commitment in transforming capitalism as a force for good. You can donate below and choose the amount you wish to contribute to help the cause.
To learn how we work with different organizations >>> Read the Case Studies