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2020 Annual Impact Investor Survey

Global Impact Investing Network June 11, 2020 Dean Hand, Hannah Dithrich, Sophia Sunderji, Noshin Nova

The 2020 Annual Impact Investor Survey is the 10th edition of the GIIN’s flagship report, which provides the most comprehensive overview of the impact investing market. This edition captures data from 294 of the world’s leading impact investors—the most Annual Survey respondents ever—who collectively manage USD 404 billion of impact investing assets, representing an important subset of the USD 715 billion global impact investing market.

The report looks at respondents’ investment activity during 2019 and their plans for 2020, market developments over the past decade, and challenges facing the market going forward. Respondents also shared insights on how COVID-19 might affect their activities.

The report also includes:

  • An updated market sizing analysis, which estimates the current market size at USD 715 billion;
  • Trends analysis of 79 repeat Survey respondents, to show changes and trends over time;
  • Insights on topics such as climate investing, catalytic capital, the evolution of impact measurement and management practices, and policy developments over the past decade.

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Interact with Data on Sub-Groups of Respondents

For greater insight into these findings, analyze specific cuts of data using the interactive features below. These figures show how findings differ between different segments of respondents (such as those focused on a particular geography or asset class). Find a full description of these segments at the bottom of the page.

  • Key finding 1: The impact investing industry remains diverse
  • Key finding 2: Impact investing has grown in depth and sophistication over time
  • Key finding 3: Impact measurement and management practices have matured, but opportunities for refinement remain
  • Key finding 4: Impact investors hold a positive outlook for the future despite headwinds

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Sub-group of Respondents Description of sub-group
DM-HQ Respondents headquartered in developed markets
EM-HQ Respondents headquartered in emerging markets
Developed-Market-Focused Respondents that allocate ≥ 75% of their current impact investment AUM to developed markets
Emerging-Market-Focused Respondents that allocate ≥ 75% of their current impact investment assets under management (AUM) to emerging markets
Private-Debt-Focused Respondents that allocate ≥ 75% of their current impact investment AUM to private debt
Private-Equity-Focused Respondents that allocate ≥ 75% of their current impact investment AUM to private equity
Market-Rate Respondents that principally target risk-adjusted, market-rate returns
Below-Market-Rate Respondents that principally target below-market-rate returns, some closer to market-rate and some closer to capital preservation
Only impact Investors making only impact investments
Both impact and impact-agnostic Investors making both impact and impact-agnostic investments

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