Impact Investor Insights Aotearoa New Zealand (2019)

This research has been conducted by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) in partnership with The University of Auckland and can be accessed here.

The first in-depth research of the impact investing market in Aotearoa New Zealand. A survey of 99 investors representing all different types of assets reveals: investors' awareness, activity and motivations; and the opportunities and challenges facing impact investing. 

Highlights include:

  • Survey respondents had $83.5b in assets under management with $889m (1%) as impact investments. Investors plan to allocate $5.9b to impact investments over the next 5 years, an estimated six-fold increase. 

  • There was interest across all types of investors with 51% of respondents already active in impact investing.

  • Among investors not yet active in impact investing 78% are aware and the majority are interested in participating. 

  • The top motivators to participate in impact investing are: align to mission; meet responsible investment commitments; contribute to building impact investment market.

  • The most important challenges to overcome to increase impact investments from investors are: more investable deals; evidence of social and environmental impact; evidence of financial performance.

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