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Building back better after the coronavirus pandemic is a global effort. That is why, the Institute launched a Knowledge Exchange Series in 2020. The virtual roundtable events bring together the local organisations that underpin the global impact investing architecture – the National Advisory Boards (NABs) on impact investing.

The UK’s green gilt programme will raise much-needed funds to address the climate emergency, and today’s commitment to deliver explicit social benefits alongside environmental impact is a great step forward. This demonstrates the ability of the UK and its financial services sector to show innovative leadership in sustainable finance.

Gender-lens investing, the integration of gender analysis into the investment process for better social and financial outcomes, is gaining more and more traction from investors across the investment chain. We spoke to Laurie Spengler about the why, what and how of gender lens investing as she reflects on the GenderSmart Global Investing Summit in 2021.

2020 has been a very demanding and often tragic year, but it has also showed us how important it is to continue working towards our goal: mobilising private sector capital at scale for public good. We have set out some goals for 2021 to help us achieve our vision of accelerating the growth and improving the effectiveness of the impact investing market in the UK and internationally.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused immense hardship across the world. But one of the (few) positive side effects of crises is that they drive spectacular examples of innovation. The pandemic has driven some pretty spectacular examples of financial innovation in 2020 in response to both the demand from investors and to the pressing need across the globe from businesses, charities and individuals for emergency funds.

It’s been a very demanding year for everyone. The pandemic has had a terrible effect on individuals, communities and economies across the globe. But this year has also brought positive developments on which we can build, and which show us how important it is to continue working towards our goal: mobilising private sector capital at scale for public good.

We have worked across the pensions industry – with pension schemes, investment consultants, asset managers, policy makers, lawyers and industry experts – to ‘debunk’ some common myths about impact investing and design practical resources that pension schemes can use to start taking action.

We believe that a Green+ Gilt with well-defined environmental and social benefits would help address the lack of investment and productivity gap faced by the UK by upgrading infrastructure, supporting innovation and building skills.

The Impact Investing Institute, the Green Finance Institute and the LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment are delighted to welcome the UK government’s announcement to issue a Sovereign Green Bond.

The Impact Investing Institute, together with the Good Economy and Pensions for Purpose, is working on a collaborative project aimed at mobilising more flows of institutional investment to address place-based inequalities and support more inclusive and sustainable development across the UK.

More and more consumers, investors and policy makers are interested in the long-term sustainability of businesses. They want to see companies report transparently on the positive and negative impact of their business activities on the environment and society.

A UK green sovereign bond would finance the green recovery plans the Prime Minister outlined in his keynote speech this week, creating green-collar jobs across the country.