Topic: Impact Investing

Impact Investing Articles

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Q&A: The Inside Track on BHP & Conservation International’s Unlikely Partnership

With support from Conservation International, BHP also integrated forest carbon into its broader climate change strategy, through support for REDD+, the United Nations program for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. This included development of the Forests Bond, a first-of-its-kind bond issued by the IFC.
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Making an Impact With Green Bond ETFs

As more and more exchange-traded fund (ETF) issuers launch their own ESG products, it's gotten harder for investors to sort the real impact investments from those that make an impact in name only. Enter green bonds. This special category of debt allocates dollars toward specific eco-friendly projects, making it one of the most concrete ways for investors to make an impact with their money.
Grassland and trees

Investment Advisor Perspectives on How To Bring Conservation Into Traditional Portfolios

This article is the second of a two-part series focusing on the challenges and opportunities of incorporating conservation finance into traditional investment portfolios. CFN spoke to investment advisors about strategies for overcoming major barriers. Increased interest in impact opens opportunities for greater incorporation of conservation finance into traditional investment portfolios across a variety of scales, from small retail to large institutional.
Reports

Soil Wealth: Investing in Regenerative Agriculture across Asset Classes

As the investment community in the United States, particularly within the fields of sustainable, responsible, and impact investing, shows an increasing appetite for investing in sustainable agriculture and food systems across asset classes, a subset of investors is demonstrating growing interest in financing not simply “sustainable” agriculture but agriculture that is deemed explicitly “regenerative.”
Wayne National Forest

Wayne National Forest in Ohio / Dan Keck

Pay-for-Success Financing

Traditionally, conservation efforts raise funding for projects and actions in the hope that those activities will result in desired outcomes. This Toolkit explores Pay-for-success financing, an alternative approach. This model ties funding for conservation to project outcomes, incentivizing the achievement of objectives and shifting risk away from public agencies and conservation organizations that implement on-the-ground work.
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Morgan Stanley Expands Investing with Impact Platform

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management has created six new “impact portfolios” of publicly traded investment options to reach a wider swath of investors who want to create environmental and social impact alongside financial returns.
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Taking an ‘Impact Tranche,’ Packard Foundation Pushes Forest Fund beyond Business as Usual

A new Southeast Asia forestry fund launched by Australia-based New Forests includes a tranche aimed at impact investors with specific reforestation, biodiversity and community livelihood goals. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation helped negotiate the impact tranche and has approved a $10 million equity investment in the planned $300 million fund.
Commentary

Outcome-Based Infrastructure — Innovative Financing Structure Could Help to Get Country on Track in a Variety of Ways

By linking payments to outcomes, pay-for-success has an opportunity to make capital more efficient, and positively affect social and environmental factors. Pay-for-success fills in gaps in existing funding by forging creative connections to additional beneficiaries who may be incentivized to help pay if they can enjoy the financial and social outcomes.
Lettuce crops in California

Lettuce crops in California / Malcolm Carlaw / CC BY 2.0

New Collaborative Looks to Make Market-Rate Investments with Conservation Impact

Impact Capital Managers (ICM), a network of impact-focused venture capital and private equity funds, is out to disprove the notion that investing for impact requires sacrificing financial return. On the contrary, ICM members aim to match or exceed the overall performance of the market, and they believe social and environmental objectives contribute to their success.