From the Margins to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors
A report from WEF's "Mainstreaming Impact Investing" initiative assessing and identifying factors constraining the acceleration of capital into impact investing. The report finds that efforts to standardize measurement—such as the IRIS initiative—are a key driver for mainstreaming impact investing. In addition to surveying impact investing trends to date, this report discusses challenges of categorizing and comparing the social impact of diverse investments.
"The Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS)...provide a set of standardized metrics that can be used to describe an organization’s social, environmental and financial performance. Like financial accounting standards, IRIS provides a basis for performance reporting."
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