The impact pioneers have proven that sustainable and stakeholder-focused companies can also achieve market rate risk & return profiles. What are the barriers to replicating those successful models at scale? How do we learn from the traditional asset managers who have long mastered the ability to launch a product that fits nicely on the shelves of bank or brokerage firms to be seamlessly delivered to the end consumer?

Over the next few months, each working group will refine the scope of the project and announce the project's initial deliverables at SOCAP17 in San Francisco. Throughout the project, we will post updates, notes, and reports from each working group to give interested parties insight on how the project is progressing. Accordingly, some of the notes posted will not be fully fledged out ideas, concepts, or recommendations, but rather broad discussion points. 


launch event discussion leaders

Lisa Hagerman, Ph.D., Director of Programs, DBL Partners

Lisa Hagerman, Ph.D., Director of Programs, DBL Partners

Lori Scott, Senior Underwriter, Impact Investments, MacArthur Foundation

Lori Scott, Senior Underwriter, Impact Investments, MacArthur Foundation

Colleen Briggs, Executive Director of Community Innovation, JPMorgan Chase

Colleen Briggs, Executive Director of Community Innovation, JPMorgan Chase

Alexis Bonnell, Acting Director of the Office of Engagement and Communications in the U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID

Alexis Bonnell, Acting Director of the Office of Engagement and Communications in the U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID

tami kesselman, Head of strategic partnerships, United Nations social impact fund

tami kesselman, Head of strategic partnerships, United Nations social impact fund

 
 
 

Notes: 6.19.17 - GCP Launch Event

Below are the key notes from the first Investable Solutions working session of the Good Capital Project.

Major themes

  • How to find the sweet spot between the needs of the investors and the needs of the receiving communities?

  • How to address continual mismatch between demand and supply?

  • How to streamline deal structuring? Where can service providers go to find investments, data, and business intelligence?

  • Rebranding impact.

  • Database of innovations.

  • Information exchange - education, toolkits, performance, track record bench marks, ratings on debt, common assessment of financial risk, market data.

  • “Asymmetry of expectation” - different types of outcomes, what is realistic to expect without burdening the entrepreneur, and for the entrepreneur, looking to the investors to solve their problems.

  • Opportunities in the space: Democratizing the movement, upending the status quo, circular fashion revolution, food waste, regenerative agriculture, water, health, material sourcing, matching entrepreneur needs with investor opportunities, renewable energies, carbon farming, clean meat, climate change, civic education, education, invest to improve media, better communications, sharing experiences of failure.

Key Questions

  1. As an industry, how do we educate and incentivize investors and mainstream asset managers about existing impact models and best practices and benchmarks to achieve their objectives?

  2. We have shared business intelligence platforms, like Global Investing Exchange and the GIIN’s impact base, what is missing that would make them more useful and more used? And within that, how can we classify impact investing opportunities and actors so we can better understand how they can relate, collaborate, share information, and invest without imposing labels that do more harm than good?

  3. How do we make accidental impact investors out of mainstream investors?