Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets

Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets – Harnessing the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and capital for public good, calls on governments and the financial sector to take action to unleash $1 trillion of private sector impact investment to tackle social problems. It highlights the potential that impact investment has to help solve some of society’s most pressing issues, such as caring for children and the elderly, community regeneration, financial inclusion, housing and prisoner reoffending. Social Impact Investments are investments made into businesses and social sector organisations, directly or through funds, with the intention of generating a measurable, beneficial social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

The report lays out several clear recommendations, devised by government and private sector experts from across the G7, EU and Australia, which include:

  • Encouraging pension funds and providers of tax-advantaged savings schemes and products to include impact investments as part of their offering.
  • Enabling impact-driven businesses to lock-in their social mission through legal forms and removing regulatory obstacles around fiduciary duty.
  • Expanding regulatory and tax incentives offered for investment in social enterprises and charitable organisations, enabling investors to offset their impact investment income against tax.
  • Establishing a kitemark for impact investment products to make them quality certified, accredited, recognisable and differentiated in a complex marketplace.
  • Developing social impact bonds and development impact bonds.

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