Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a USD 2.5 trillion annual funding gap between our best intentions and success against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Now, estimates suggest that the fallout from COVID-19 is expected to set the Global Goals back by over 30 years, amplifying the need to source additional funds. Impact investing is no longer a ‘nice to have’; it’s the way of the future for the investment industry. As we come up against larger global and societal problems, the solutions won’t be possible without the right partnerships and funding behind them.
Impact investing offers an opportunity to build social impact directly into investments, and as more organisations and governments recognise the growing link between financial markets and social change, the need increases for mechanisms and vehicles that allow investors to take action against social, environmental, or developmental challenges around the world.
Of course, the industry isn’t without its challenges. As many traditional investors shy away from ‘risky’ investments in assets like natural capital, others are struggling to measure the impact they’re creating.
Our team is at the forefront of the impact investing industry, exploring boundaries, assessing where there is room for growth, and creating opportunities to attract capital to address global challenges at scale. They’re committed to creating positive impact in both the smallest and biggest ways around the world. They do this by utilising creative means to fund projects that address and answer the difficult questions our society faces, shifting the narrative around how we value nature in the fight against climate change.
The articles in this edition of our quarterly Special Report are curated from those published by our thought leaders and reflect their perspectives on the impact investing industry from their unique experiences and points of view.
We hope you’ll find something in these pages that resonates with you, and if so, we welcome you to get in touch.
The Catalyst Editorial Team