The result of more than a year of research and consultation with hundreds of impact investing leaders around the world, the Roadmap…

We stand at a critical juncture. In this era of significant social, environmental, and political challenges, we have an opportunity and an…

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.

We want to increase the flow of public and private capital to address environmental and social challenges. Those capital flows are vital in achieving the transition to a net-zero carbon world, which should be inclusive and socially beneficial – a concept commonly referred to as a ‘just transition’.

Our paper, “The Green+ Bond: How EU Sovereign and Corporate Issuers could deliver Green Sovereign Bonds with Social Co-Benefits”, co-authored with the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute, emphasises the strategic potential for a green sovereign bond with well-defined social and economic benefits to support the European Commission’s new Strategy for “financing the transition to a sustainable economy.”

In September 2021, the Institute submitted its response to the Financial Conduct Authority’s consultation papers CP21/17 and CP21/18 on enhancing climate-related disclosures. The Institute strongly welcomes these timely consultations and the FCA’s commitment to widening the applicability of its requirement to make climate-related disclosures.

In July 2021, the Platform on Sustainable Finance published its first draft report on a proposal for a social taxonomy, which assesses the merits of a social taxonomy in addition to the green taxonomy, and explores possible avenues to complement the existing taxonomy. The Institute strongly welcomes the EU’s foresight in developing a social taxonomy in addition to the green taxonomy and, in August 2021, the Institute submitted its response to the Platform’s consultation on the draft report. The document in this post outlines the key excerpts from our response.

A working paper on the UK’s Green Gilt: Demonstrating the Contribution to Jobs and Levelling Up, co-authored with the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute.

In June 2021, the Institute submitted its response to the Department for Work and Pensions’ consultation on the consideration of social risks and opportunities by occupational pension schemes. The Institute strongly welcomes the consultation’s foresight in recognising the increasing importance of social factors for investing.

In May 2021, the Institute responded to HM Revenue and Customs and HM Treasury’s consultation into reform of taxation of securitisation companies.

In November 2021, HMRC announced the minimum threshold had been lowered to £5 million.

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.

In April 2021, the Institute submitted its response to the Local Authority Pension Funds All-Party Parliamentary Group’s (APPG’s) inquiry into Responsible Investment for a Just Transition. The Institute believes that it is important to address both the consequences of climate change and the social impact of a transition to a net-zero carbon economy.

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