Over the past couple of years, the Impact Investing Club, in collaboration with SEE PIC and B&G PIC, has hosted leaders from the Impact Investing field to educate and discuss the field. Topics have ranged from the overall landscape and financial practice of impact investing to the tension and collaboration between private markets and government policy.
Past Events and Speakers:
HKS Alumni in Action Social Mixer
Impact in International Development
Hiromichi Mizuno, Exec. MD and CIO of Government Pension Investment...
As the world begins its much needed transition from high-carbon to low-carbon economies, investors will have to take a holistic view. The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has been working with investors on the carbon performance of their portfolios and assisting them to engage with the companies they invest in, particularly the world’s largest emitters of carbon dioxide, on their transition plans. We also need to look beyond these physical environmental issues and consider the social aspects: what is called the ‘just transition’.
2011 How can policymakers, investors, and civil society better evaluate and develop impact investment policies? Impact Investing: A Framework for Policy Design and Analysis, a report by the IRI and InSight at Pacific Community Ventures with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, draws on case studies from around the world to address this key question.
2015 Following our first eighteen months of research with colleagues Enterprise Community Partners and InSight at Pacific Community Ventures, we’ve released this summary of our work to date. A working draft meant to catalyze discussion of how to stimulate impact investing policy reform, the paper includes a review of existing policy levers for investment as well as a framework for designing and evaluating new policies.
2014 (102 pages) 17-page summary available here. This report is a first-of-its-kind publication from the IIPC focusing on country- or issue-areas relevant to impact investing. The report offers a range of insights, from conceptual pieces on the development and mapping of the policy system, to examples of specific policies that have supported market development, and insights from private firms into how impact investing intersects with other key market areas such as international development and infrastructure investment.
2014 Coauthored with the IIPC, this snapshot report provides insight into how a range of development finance institutions (DFIs) self-define their work in the impact investing space. The report lays the groundwork for discussions among and between DFIs, and the broader impact investing community, regarding crucial issues like geographic and mission focus, product design and development, cross-sector partnerships, standardized terminology and measurement, and the often fraught relationship between impact investing and investment return expectations.
2013 Co-authored with the Schwab Foundation for Social Enterpreneurship, InSight at Pacific Community Ventures, and SK Group, this report focuses on policies that support the development of social enterprises globally, with the first half providing a framework for government policy action, supported by case studies, and the second profiling leading social enterprises as a way to illustrate models of social innovation.
2012 The second report of the Global Impact Investing Policy Project focuses on the practices of large U.S. institutional investors around impact investing the extensive role of public policy in shaping how institutional investors channel capital. The paper presents three strategies for engaging these institutional asset owners on impact investing, leveraging public policy.