Our goal

We want to increase competency in impact investing so more investors incorporate impact into their work and investment decisions. Lack of knowledge about impact investing remains one of the main reasons for people not to consider impact in their financial decision-making process.

What we are doing to achieve it

We have created an Impact Investing Learning Framework for providers of investment qualifications and trainings, such as professional bodies and trade associations. This formed the basis for our open-source Learning Hub, packed with helpful and accessible resources, that helps individuals and organisations to build their knowledge and skills.

We have formed partnerships with organisations to help them use our Learning Framework and Hub to deliver educational events and develop training materials on impact investing for their members, such as the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and CFA UK, a professional membership body representing 11,000 investment professionals in the UK.

Our impact learning work has been guided by a Learning Panel made up of representatives from across the mainstream and impact investing sectors, including Barclays, Aberdeen Standard Investments and Bridges Fund Management.

Both our Learning Framework and our Learning Hub are regularly reviewed and improved. If you would like to share your feedback, suggest materials for the Hub or support our work, please get in touch at learning@impactinvest.org.uk


Publications

In our first impact report for 2019-20, we are reflecting on our achievements of our first year and are looking ahead to how we can work towards our goal of improving people’s lives, as more capital contributes to addressing social and environmental challenges.

The third session of the Knowledge Exchange Series explored the role of National Advisory Boards (NABs) on impact investing as market navigators. The discussion focused on how NABs can engage with and strengthen their value proposition for the supply-side of capital (including investors, asset managers and asset owners) – and featured an intervention from BlueOrchard Finance, a leading impact investor.

We have created an Impact Investing Learning Framework for providers of investment qualifications and trainings, such as professional bodies and trade associations. The framework was developed by a Learning Panel made up of representatives from across the impact investing sector, including Barclays, Aberdeen Standard Investments and Bridges Fund Management.

News & Views

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.

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.

Events

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on peoples’ health and livelihoods around the world. As we hope to emerge from…

Venture capital and impact investing intersect in their objective to bring new capital to enterprises looking to solve meaningful problems. Why does…