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Global Launch of the Impact Principles

April 12, 2019

Atrium, World Bank Group Headquarters

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IFC launches impact investing principles  

Sixty global investors came together to adopt the Operating Principles for Impact Management—a new market standard for impact investing in which investors seek to deliver measurable, positive impact for society alongside financial returns.

These investors collectively hold over $350 billion in assets invested for impact, which they commit to manage in accordance with the Principles.

The Principles bring greater transparency, credibility, and discipline to the impact investing market, addressing concerns about “impact-washing.”

IFC developed the Principles in collaboration with leading asset managers, asset owners, asset allocators, development banks, and financial institutions, including a three-month public stakeholder consultation.

Impact investing represents a significant opportunity to mobilize additional resources from the private sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris climate goals.

An IFC report launched on April 8 estimates that investor appetite for impact investing is as high as $26 trillion. This includes $21 trillion in publicly traded stocks and bonds, and $5 trillion in private equity, non-sovereign private debt, and venture capital.

 

Speakers

CEO, International Finance Corporation