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The Rise of Impact Investing and the Importance of Storytelling

Oct 17, 2017 - Impact Investing by CCM Invests

The discussion during a panel titled “Mainstreaming Impact Investing” at this year’s Social Impact Conference sponsored by Wharton’s Social Impact Initiative, focused on millennials and how they are interested in investing with purpose. Christopher Geczy, an adjunct professor of finance at Wharton, noted that he believes we’ve reached a tipping point as more students have enrolled in his impact investing class versus his traditional investment management course.1

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Considering ESG/SRI Impact Themes and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change.  Many of our impact themes at Community Capital Management overlap with the SDGs themes such as human empowerment, environmental sustainability, and education. While it is only by happenstance that there are 17 SDGs and that we, too, offer clients 17 thematic impact initiatives, it is no coincidence that all our themes parallel the missions of the U.N. SDGs. Below, we list in illustrations how our investors can embrace themes to contribute to a sustainable society.

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Are Socially Responsible Investing and Impact Investing the Same Thing?

These terms are often used freely, but they aren’t interchangeable. It is essential to understand—and be able to explain—the differences between socially responsible investing and impact investing so investors can make informed decisions. 

In their most basic forms, socially responsible investing and impact investing are very similar. They both seek to consider financial return and social good to bring about a social change. Beyond this, though, socially responsible investing and impact investing begin to branch off in different directions. 

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