To address the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges, trillions of dollars need to be mobilized from both the public and private sectors over the next 10 - 15 years. Institutional capital is a critical component in narrowing this capital gap via commercially viable, market-based mechanisms, including impact investing.
The GIIN Initiative for Institutional Impact Investment supports institutional asset owners seeking to enter, or deepen their engagement with, the impact investing market, by providing educational resources, performance research, and a community of practice.
What is impact investing? Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. They often aim to address the world’s most pressing challenges, including in areas that have the opportunity to generate attractive returns, such as inclusive finance, clean tech, access to healthcare, sustainable forestry, or affordable housing. Impact investing can have a wide range of return expectations as it includes financial assets across the risk-return spectrum in both emerging and developed markets.
Impact investing for institutional investors: Impact investing increasingly offers institutional investors the opportunity to earn a risk-adjusted, market-rate return on their investment while having a positive social or environmental impact. Institutional investors can put capital to work directly in funds, organizations, companies, or projects that generate a financial return alongside a measurable social or environmental impact. While not exclusive to impact investing, the direct and measurable effects achieved through impact investments often distinguish this approach from other categories of Responsible Investment (RI) (e.g., ESG Integration and ESG-screened funds), which tend to be more indirect and, therefore, more difficult to measure.
 Mudaliar, A., Schiff, H., Bass, R., Dithrich, H. (2017) 2017 GIIN Annual Impact Investor Survey
 Portions shared from: Unnithan R., (2016). The rise of impact investing: TIAA Global Asset Management
The GIIN Initiative for Institutional Impact Investment aims to support the meaningful participation of institutional asset owners in the impact investing market and ultimately increase the amount of institutional capital allocated to impact investments globally.
Leveraging the resources and expertise of the GIIN, the GIIN membership, and other industry bodies, the Initiative seeks to remove key bottlenecks common to institutions active in or entering the impact investing market by:
The Initiative benefits from the leadership and guidance of an Advisory Group composed of experienced institutional impact investors who are committed to leading by example.
Advisors include: Aegon NV, AXA Investment Managers, Christian Super, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, Prudential, TIAA, Wespath Benefits and Investments, Zurich Insurance Group
The Initiative is made possible by the generous support of JPMorgan Chase & Co., a founding member and longtime partner to the GIIN.
The GIIN is collaborating with and building on the work of other relevant industry groups as part of this Initiative. If you are interested in joining this initiative as an industry partner, please email Joshua Scott at email@example.com.
For questions, to share ideas, or obtain further information, please contact Joshua Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Global Impact Investing Network is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. Impact investments aim to solve social or environmental challenges while generating financial returns.
The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry. Check out some of our resources below:
IRIS is the catalog of generally-accepted performance metrics that leading impact investors use to measure social, environmental, and financial success, evaluate deals, and grow the credibility of the impact investing industry.
ImpactBase is the searchable, online database of impact investment funds and products designed for investors.
In an effort to clarify the impact investing market, the GIIN’s Knowledge Center aggregates key industry publications, and GIIN-authored research, Investors Spotlights and Investment Profiles.
The GIIN’s Network Membership provides a platform for like-minded investors to meet and take part in activities that build the impact investing industry from a practitioner’s perspective. GIIN Members gain access to industry information, tools, and resources to enhance their capacity to make and manage impact investments and connect with one another through virtual and in-person members-only events.
GIIN Training Program
The GIIN training program offers practical coursework to help fund managers build applied skills to successfully attract, deploy, and manage capital.