Spurred by shifting societal expectations about the role and responsibility of business in the larger world, impact investing is part of a larger movement that deepens the sense of purpose of the financial markets and raises the bar for responsible business and investment.
This undertaking presents an immediate opportunity for private equity funds and investors, if done with authenticity, transparency, and the true integration of impact throughout the investment lifecycle.
We sought insights from senior private equity executives and investors to understand the key factors that drive impact investing activity and support the continued growth and success for the market.
In exploring these topics with those at the forefront of the industry, we found consistent viewpoints on:
Trust must be earned not only at the fund level, but across the impact investing ecosystem, requiring the collaboration of all stakeholders to reach more investors, and support the development of standards and guidance that bring greater consistency and accountability to impact investing.