In 2013 we published one of the major Impact Investing reports that put us on the map, so to speak. “Impact Investing 2.0: The Way Forward – Insight from 12 Outstanding Funds”, was created in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University and Impact Assets. It identifies twelve high-performing funds that have seen both financial and social returns on their investments. We designed it to be a resource for the broad community interested in the future of impact investing, but especially for impact investing practitioners – those fund managers, investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers and advisors creating and managing new and existing funds and working hard to achieve successful social and financial performance.
It is for this reason that Impact Investing 2.0 represents a major step forward for the industry. The twelve funds profiled herein work in vastly different sectors, from microfinance in India to sustainable property in the UK, and have accordingly pursued very different investment strategies and approaches to social impact. Their success across such a broad set of parameters offers many lessons for the industry and beyond.