chinazh
Sustainable Investing Glossary

Impact investing

Impact investing is the process of intentionally making investments with the aim of creating a measurable beneficial impact on the environment or society, as well as earning a positive financial return.

One of the most popular forms of impact investing is by targeting companies that can contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Impact investing has three key components:

  • Intentionality: an investor sets out to exert a positive impact
  • Return: it should generate a positive return on the investment
  • Measurability: the benefits should be measurable and transparent.

Some investors believe that impact investing should also incorporate the concept of ‘additionality’, which involves only allocating to businesses that they would not otherwise have chosen to invest in if they were not seeking to achieve a positive social impact. Once considered a niche form of investing, the increasing awareness of the SDGs has made it increasingly mainstream. It has also branched out to focus on specific SDGs or other themes, such as gender diversity and creating a circular economy.

Our RobecoSAM-labeled strategies offer a range of credits and equities strategies that target the SDGs. In addition, a gender equality impact investing strategy looks for companies making a strong contribution to promoting female participation in the workplace. And a circular economy strategy targets companies involved in tackling the current ‘take-make-dispose’ linear economic model and replacing it with one focused on recycling, reusing and reworking. All of these strategies have been designed to have a positive, measurable impact on the environment and society and to contribute to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

See also: Sustainable Development Goals, definitions of sustainable investing

Creating returns that benefit the world we live in
Creating returns that benefit the world we live in
Sustainable investing
透过ESG参与致力改善后疫情时代用工实践
透过ESG参与致力改善后疫情时代用工实践
荷宝最新的参与主题确保劳动者得到充分保护,以及企业对劳工问题承担应有的责任。
12-08-2021 | 市场观点
荷宝CEO参加全球财富管理论坛:完善可持续性战略,支持绿色复苏
荷宝CEO参加全球财富管理论坛:完善可持续性战略,支持绿色复苏
7月24日,荷宝首席执行官Gilbert Van Hassel以视频形式参加了全球财富管理论坛2021北京峰会。
03-08-2021 | 视频
全球拉响生物多样性危机警报!
全球拉响生物多样性危机警报!
6月5日是世界环境日,由联合国设立并旨在促进全球环境意识、提高对环境问题的注意。
17-06-2021 | SI Opener