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“Impact investing” as a strategy for financial success is growing in popularity. Shareholder returns are no longer enough to satisfy the growing cohort of clients who seek purpose behind their profits. Social and environmental considerations are gaining weight among corporate and individual investors. KPMG’s Tania Carnegie provides a convincing, albeit introductory, argument for impact investing. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • How business can help lift people out of poverty and
  • How “impact investing” generates positive social and environmental returns for communities and financial returns for investors.
 

About the Speaker

Tania Carnegie leads KPMG Canada’s community leader strategy, as well as its impact ventures program.

 

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When KPMG’s Tania Carnegie visited rural Kenya in 2005, she marveled that even in the face of hardship, the locals sought opportunities for a better life. They didn’t want direct aid but a chance to set up microbusinesses and to become consumers. This experience prompted Carnegie to develop the community leader strategy at KPMG in 2009. This program aimed to foster social change and sustainability. However, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, companies’ philanthropy budgets were evaporating. Thus, many resourceful charitable organizations developed novel funding solutions, such as community bonds. The crisis...


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