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IRIS+ and Aeris

Original review date: 2017

Standardized social and environmental performance metrics to help communicate the impact generated by Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs).

Aeris an information service for investors who champion economic justice in underserved markets. Since 2004, Aeris has provided data, analysis, and consulting to support investment in community development financial institutions (CDFIs). Its proprietary ratings help investors evaluate opportunities that meet their impact goals and risk parameters. More than 60 of the nation’s leading community investors subscribe to Aeris’ data and analysis products. For more information on Aeris, their rating and data tools, visit: www.aerisinsight.com.

U.S. Community Investment (USCI) has focused on providing access to credit and other financial services to underserved markets for decades, largely through CDFIs. The Aeris team partnered with the GIIN in an effort to better connect impact investors to CDFIs by mapping IRIS-aligned metrics that are commonly reported by CDFIs and applicable to a range of community investments. While Aeris will begin collecting standardized data from CDFI loan funds in 2017 through the Aeris® Cloud, these metric sets are also broadly applicable to other community investors looking for IRIS-aligned metrics appropriate for CDFIs.