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We warmly welcome HM Treasury’s launch of the UK Transition Plan Taskforce and look forward to working as part of the Taskforce’s Delivery Group to develop the gold standard for UK companies’ climate transition plans. 

This blog, written by Shadi Brazell, our programme manager for place-based impact investing, first appeared in the March edition of the National Housing Federation’s newsletter and focuses on the role of private capital in financing the delivery of social housing in the UK.

All war, wherever in the world it takes place, imposes huge costs and suffering, particularly on civilians. At this time, the Impact Investing Institute shares the world’s horror at the events unfolding in Ukraine and the suffering the invasion by Russia’s armed forces has brought to everybody in Ukraine.

The Impact Investing Institute has today released a new report with the first estimate of the total size of the UK’s market for impact investment – investment which delivers a positive, measurable social and environmental benefit alongside a financial return. The research, delivered in collaboration with EY, funded by DCMS with additional support from Big Society Capital, estimates the size of the market at £58bn in 2020, and demonstrates the growing importance of this segment of the capital markets, which is fast moving into the mainstream

The Impact Investing Institute welcomes the publication of the landmark Levelling Up White Paper and the ambitious, new approach it sets out, designed to re-focus Government spending on tackling place-based inequalities.

The Impact Taskforce, the independent, industry-led taskforce supported by the G7 Presidency, has released its recommendations aimed at financing a Just Transition to a climate-secure future for all. The recommendations are focused on transforming the quality and transparency of information on the impact of investment decisions and deploying financing, especially in emerging markets, that delivers positive social and environmental impact.

The Leadership Council, in partnership with the charity pilotlight, have published a new report, The Great British Talent Swap, calling for a sharing of talent and experience between the charitable and commercial sectors.

In March 2021, Hyde Housing and M&G Real Estate announced a new partnership to build around 2,000 high quality, sustainable shared ownership homes. At the launch of the report “Is there an investment case for social and affordable housing in the UK?”, Catherine Raynsford, Director of Stakeholder and Investor Relations at Hyde Housing, outlined the main features of this successful partnership.

In October 2021, the Impact Investing Institute and Charlotte O’Leary, CEO of Pensions for Purpose, hosted a discussion with Amanda Latham, Policy & Strategy Lead at Barnett Waddingham. We discussed the opportunities and challenges of place-based impact investing for those advising pension funds and other asset owners, as well as hearing from Amanda about her experience delivering place-based impact investing on behalf of a Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) client.

GLASGOW – The Impact Investing Institute is delighted to announce a series of new adopters and supporters to our Impact Investing Principles for Pensions,  highlighting the role that pension schemes can play in the transition to Net Zero.

In October 2021, the Impact Investing Institute and Karen Shackleton, Founder of Pensions for Purpose, hosted a discussion with Debbie Fielder, Deputy Head of the Clwyd Pension Fund. We discussed the opportunities and challenges of place-based impact investing, as well as hearing about the approach that Debbie and the team at Clwyd have taken as leaders in this field.

In October 2021, the Impact Investing Institute brought together leading practitioners in the Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) and small business banking space to discuss how the mainstream UK banking sector can engage more effectively in provision of loan capital in disadvantaged and underserved communities in the UK.