While conservative investors may consider passively investing in a large cap company and hoping for management to provide capital returns to be a sound financial bet, a growing class of investors is waking up to the fact that that positive investment returns and constructive social and financial impact can go hand-in-hand. This philosophy is the basis of impact investing.

The term “impact investing” rose out of a 2007 discussion of investors experienced in making these kinds of investments, led by Antony Bugg-Levine, co-author of a 2011 book entitled “Impact Investing: How We Make Money While Making a Difference.”  Today, impact investing has gained international traction because it provides a broader, more inclusive, and proactive rubric for a wide range of investment activities, whether in human services, micro-finance, green technologies or any enterprise not solely focused on developing short-term shareholder value.

The nonprofit Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) estimated in a 2009 report that impact investments amounted to about $50 billion globally at that time. It forecasts that figure to balloon to $500 billion by 2014. Looking ahead to 2020, J.P. Morgan estimates that impact investing will grow to as much as $1 trillion worldwide.

What impact investing is proving time and again, legitimating its practice and helping to drive its growth, is that making a positive social and financial impact can be profitable to end investors and their portfolio companies.

Applying an impact investment strategy to the rapidly growing and uniquely fertile environment of Latin America is our expertise.

 

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