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 [email protected]


Publications

In 2017, Dame Elizabeth Corley, Chair of the Impact Investing Institute, convened the first meeting of the Taskforce for Growing a Culture of Social Impact Investing in the UK. Since then, the impact investing market has developed significantly – but until now there has not been an estimate of the size of the UK market in its totality. Our report, “Estimating and describing the UK impact investing market”, published in partnership with EY and supported by the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport and Big Society Capital, sets out to change this.

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.

News & Views

Fiduciary duty is not incompatible with impact investment – but, unfortunately, this remains a pervasive misconception. Now, with the publication of the judgement in the case of Butler-Sloss v Charity Commission, a decisive step has been taken towards dispelling this myth for good in the £72bn UK charitable foundation sector. 

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.

Events

The Finance for Impact Summit on Monday, 18 July 2022 will bring together leaders of finance, business, governments and other institutions from around the world to discuss how we can better harness finance for the good of people and the planet. This one-day event will be held in person at Mansion House in London, and streamed live to a global audience.

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