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Many investors believe that they must forego profits to advance social or environmental goals with their investments, but the World Economic Forum’s Michael Drexler and Abigail Noble say otherwise – advancing good causes and earning good returns can go together. “Impact investing” is a relatively new investment approach that seeks to generate financial returns and to have measurable, positive social effects. This report presents a well-organized, balanced view of impact investing and addresses its obstacles and benefits. getAbstract recommends this intriguing study to foundation executives, family offices, private equity firms, asset managers, institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals considering impact investments for their portfolios.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What “impact investing” is,
  • What its benefits and limitations are,
  • Why it remains largely unknown among institutional investors, and
  • How impact investing can become more mainstream.

About the Author

Michael Drexler is senior director and head of investors industries at the World Economic Forum USA, where associate director Abigail Noble heads impact investing initiatives.



Assessing the Landscape
“Impact investing” seeks to generate a financial return and to have a measurable, positive social impact. This investment niche accounted for an estimated $40 billion in assets under management worldwide in 2013. Family offices, pension funds and insurance companies...

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