Evidence on the Financial Performance of Impact Investments

GIIN, Nov 2017: Click here to read the report.


Throughout the impact investment industry’s development, investors have questioned the ability of impact investments to generate financial returns similar to traditional investments.


Of course, financial performance is just one side of the equation. Impact investors are defined by their intent to generate a positive social and/or environmental impact alongside a financial return.


Key insights that reinforce the broader credibility of the impact investing market:

  • Market-rate returns are achievable in impact investing, with returns distributions among market-rate-seeking impact investments comparable to those of analogous conventional investments.

  • Small funds do not necessarily underperform relative to their larger peers.

  • The impact investment market includes opportunities for investors with varied risk appetites, investment strategies, and target returns

This report synthesises findings across over a dozen studies on the financial performance of investments in the three largest asset classes in impact investing: private equity, private debt, and real assets, as well as individual investor portfolios allocated across asset classes.



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