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The State of Impact Measurement and Management Practices

The Global Impact Investing Network’s (GIIN) “State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice” was published earlier this week with its second edition reflecting the increased sophistication and maturation of impact measurement and management (IMM) practices. Its first edition was published in 2017 and collected data from 169 impact investing organizations. This year’s report is the result of 278 impact investors answering questions about how they measure, manage, and report their impact1.

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The Proof is in the Pudding

According to Morningstar’s January 10th story, “Sustainable Fund Flows in 2019 Smash Previous Records”, the famous saying, ‘the proof is in the pudding’, seems to be true. There was an estimated $20.6 billion of net flows into U.S. open-end and exchange-traded sustainable funds in 2019, smashing the previous record in 2018 by nearly four times. In fact, the fourth quarter led 2019 with the biggest flows, jumping to an estimated $7.1 billion to round out the historic year.1 

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Five Impact Investing Trends for 2020

In this week’s blog, David Sand, CCM’s chief impact strategist shares his five impact investing trends for 2020.

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Small Businesses Make Big Differences

From going to the gym everyday to making more time for family, many start the new year – and the new decade – by setting new goals and intentions in life, family, business, and beyond.  This year, there seems to be additional buzz around changing consumer shopping habits to support more local businesses. 

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Our Top 3 Blog Posts from 2019


Happy Holidays! 

It's hard to believe another year is coming to an end. Below we highlight our most popular blog posts from 2019. We hope you have enjoyed reading our blogs as much as we have enjoyed writing them for you. 

Warm wishes,

- The CCM Team

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Our Top 3 Blog Posts from 2018


Happy New Year! 

It's hard to believe another year is in the books. Below we highlight our most popular blog posts from 2018. We hope you have enjoyed reading our blogs as much as we have enjoyed writing them for you. 

Warm wishes,

-The CCM Team

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Q&A with CCM Chief Impact Strategist David Sand

CCM’s Chief Impact Strategist, David Sand, has more than 35 years of investment management experience and is a trailblazer in the socially responsible/impact investing arena. Recently, a member of our team sat down with David and asked him a few questions about his career and experience.

Q: What started your career in impact/ESG investing? Was there any specific catalyst(s) that led you to become a pioneer in the development of market-rate, fixed income impact investments?

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State Treasurers and Public Pension Fiduciaries Seeking to Increase Allocations to Impact/ESG

Across state and municipal pension plans, state treasurers and plan fiduciaries are seeking to learn more about impact/ESG investments. Similar to our recent blog noting the adoption of impact/ESG strategies in defined contribution/401(k) plans, these municipalities also look to introduce new or increase their existing impact/ESG allocations.

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The Adoption of Impact/ESG Strategies in 401(k) Plans

Adoption of Sustainable Investing (SI) strategies, or those that integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals, has seen considerable growth in defined contribution (DC) plans. This growth has been primarily fueled by an increased appetite from participants, interest from plan sponsors to align DC menus with their corporate values, and a growing set of investment capabilities that fit the performance needs and values of investors.1 

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Investing to Further Your Values: Faith-based Impact Investing

Since 2014, the Vatican has held three conferences on impact investing (2014, 2016, 2018), and the Catholic Church has become a major player in the impact/ESG space. This biennial series of Vatican Impact Investing Conferences is a “vital, long-term global platform around Pope Francis's vision of 'putting the economy at the services of peoples'”.At these events, impact investing experts and Catholic leaders from around the world convene to share and evaluate finance models and investible vehicles to address systemic challenges of great importance to both the Catholic Church and the global community. Current challenges include Climate Change, Health, Migrants and Refugees, and Youth Unemployment.2

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