Monitor Institute’s Investing for Social & Environmental Impact:
A Design for Catalyzing an Emerging Industry
A growing group of investors around the world is seeking to make investments that generate social and environmental value as well as financial return. This emerging industry of impact investing has the potential to become a potent force for addressing global financial challenges. But how might it succeed or fail? Will it take the next five to 10 years? 25 years? Or will it not happen at all?
Monitor Institute created this report to examine impact investing and how leaders could accelerate the industry’s evolution and increase its ultimate impact in the world. The report explores how impact investing has emerged and how it might evolve, including profiles of a wide range of impact investors. It also provides a blueprint of initiatives to catalyze the industry.
The document was completed in January 2009 by Monitor Institute with lead funding and support from the Rockefeller Foundation. Funding was also provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase Foundation.