About us

What is the
Impact Investing Institute?

The Impact Investing Institute is an independent institute which aims to accelerate the growth and improve the effectiveness of the impact investing market in the UK and globally.

It will do this by raising awareness, addressing barriers and increasing confidence in investing with impact.

Launched in 2019, the Institute is based in London and brings together two existing groups: the Implementation Taskforce for Growing a Culture of Social Impact Investing in the UK, led by Dame Elizabeth Corley, former CEO of Allianz Global Investors, and the UK National Advisory Board on impact investing, led by Sir Harvey McGrath, former Chair of Man Group and Prudential, and Chair of Big Society Capital.

It is part of a global network of national advisory boards, grouped together in the Global Steering Group for impact investment.

The Institute actively engages across the spectrum of investors and investees – with individuals, asset owners, managers and intermediaries and with businesses, social enterprises and other organisations committed to making a social impact. It works with national governments, regulators and multilateral bodies to influence policy and advocate for impact investment.

Values

Inclusiveness

Independence

Integrity

Our vision

Our vision is for lives to improve, as more people choose to use their savings and investments to help solve social challenges, as well as seeking a financial return.

Our mission

Our mission is to accelerate the growth and improve the effectiveness of the impact investing market, so that more capital contributes to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Objectives

Mobilise big pools of capital

We will focus on increasing the impact of big pools of capital, such as defined contribution pension funds.

Make capital more accountable

We will work on initiatives that improve the effectiveness and accountability of capital seeking to have a positive impact.

Empower people to save and invest in line with their values

We will address barriers that prevent people from investing for impact.

We work with

Fund managers

Development finance institutions

Banks

Individual investors

Private foundations

Pension funds and insurance companies

Family offices

Social enterprises and charities

Policy makers and regulators

Academic institutions

Businesses

Trade and professional bodies

How we work

We work as a partnership between paid staff and volunteers, and in collaboration with other organisations and initiatives in the impact investing field. We deliver specific projects, influence key initiatives, and amplify the work of others.

We organise our work across the following key areas of activity:

Engaging and influencing
advocating for impact investing nationally and internationally, both influencing and learning from global best practice.
Investment opportunities
stimulating initiatives that address social challenges at scale in the UK and developing countries.
Training and competency
educating the finance sector, individual investors, foundations, and policymakers in impact investing.
Policy and regulation
monitoring and advocating for changes that will promote effective and accountable impact investing.
International development
driving more finance to developing countries to support economic development.
Measurement and reporting
promoting transparent, consistent and comparable impact reporting.
Social investing
ensuring social enterprises and charities benefit from the growth in impact capital.