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The State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice

First Edition

Global Impact Investing Network December 7, 2017 Abhilash Mudaliar, Aliana Pineiro, Rachel Bass, Hannah Dithrich

This report, The State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice, presents findings from the GIIN’s first comprehensive survey of the state of impact measurement and management (IMM) in the impact investing industry.

A hallmark of impact investing is the commitment to measure – and increasingly to manage – impact. Impact management is the process by which impact investors can understand the effects of their investments on people and the planet, and set goals to adapt processes and improve outcomes. Over the years, the impact investing industry has dedicated increasing resources to IMM, deepening the sophistication of practice as the industry has developed.

The State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice captures data from 169 impact investing organizations to provide valuable insights into why impact investors measure and manage their social and environmental impact, how they do so, and challenges that remain. By providing critical data and transparency regarding IMM practice, this report enables investors to better understand this core element of impact investing.

This study was produced with the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation.

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Interact with Data on Sub-Groups of Survey Respondents

In order to offer greater insight into findings from The State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice, the figures below show how findings vary between different sub-groups of respondents that share certain characteristics. Examples of sub-groups are investors with the majority of their capital allocated to a particular asset class or geography. The table to the right details the sub-groups included and their defining characteristics.

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Sub-group of RespondentsDescription of the category
Emerging Market Respondents that allocate ≥ 75% of their current impact investment AUM to emerging markets
Developed Market Respondents that allocate ≥ 75% of their current impact investment AUM to developed markets
Primarily direct investors Respondents that invest ≥ 75% of their current impact investment AUM directly into companies, projects, or real assets
Primarily indirect investors Respondents that invest ≥ 75% of their impact investment AUM indirectly into funds or other intermediaries
Direct and indirect Respondents that invest their impact investment AUM both directly and indirectly
Conventional and impact Respondents that make conventional and impact investments
Impact only Respondents that make only impact investments

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