Investing With Social Purpose

The era of responsible investment and impact investment has arrived. What investors need to know to thrive in these new markets
60 minutes
Wednesday June 21, 2017 1:00 PM EDT

Long viewed as niche activities, responsible investment and impact investment are now being championed by a growing number of leading institutions in the capital marketplace. The 2017 Global Impact Investing survey of 208 asset managers reported US$114 billion under management; in Canada, around $1.5-trillion in assets are under some form of responsible investment strategy. On the impact investing front, there are more than 200 investment products to choose from, mostly private debt and private equity. As a result, retail or institutional investors can now align their financial returns with their values and make a positive impact on the world.

(Responsible investment is the integration of environmental, social and governance factors (ESG) into the selection and management of investments; it encompasses many forms such as green investing and ethical investing. Impact Investment is defined as investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return.)

This webinar provides an exceptional opportunity to better understand the landscape of responsible investment in general and Canadian impact investment products in particular.

The session leaders will explore growth sectors such as the rise in green bonds, and outline opportunities and ethical considerations to consider for retail and institutional investors. They will introduce a new platform called Open Impact that provides current listings of impact investing products available on the marketplace.

In this 60-minute session, participants will learn about:

  • The ecosystem that supports responsible investing and impact investing
  • The environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues shaping investment decisions
  • The risks to factor in and returns that can be expected
  • How to make use of the Open Impact investment platform

Smith School of Business

Goodes Hall, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6

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