Unquote has spent the last few months surveying the impact space and has now released its inaugural Impact Investing Report, published in association with the Aztec Group.
Once a niche corner of private equity, impact investing has recently been thrust into the private market's limelight. Dedicated pools of capital intended to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return have been raised by the world's largest alternative asset managers, while the number of smaller niche strategies has also grown.
Key highlights of the report reveal how investor sentiment, a growing recognition that there is no trade-off between impact and financial returns, and the emergence of a millennial generation that wants to work for, and invest in, products that have a positive social and environmental impact are helping drive the impact agenda.
The report also examines the barriers and hurdles impact investing needs to overcome, the influence of the Covid-19 crisis, and what LPs look for when selecting GPs.
Ahead of the report launch, Unquote also organised an Impact Investing: Capital Meets Conscience live virtual event on Thursday 21 May, in partnership with the Aztec Group. Participants included:
- James Duffield, head of business development at the Aztec Group (moderator)
- Maggie Loo, partner at Bridges Fund Management
- Daniela Barone-Soares, CEO of Snowball
- Aaron Pinnock, impact investment analyst at Church Commissioners for England
- Dr Stavros Siokos, managing partner at Astarte Capital
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