“We thought about how we could bring elements of impact investing to our broad client base because many different types of investors are demanding to invest for both financial returns and social impact.”
— Audrey Choi, managing director and head of Global Sustainable Finance at Morgan Stanley
Impact Investing is an approach to harness investor capital for social enterprises seeking to find innovative solutions to address social and environmental problems. Many of these social problems have a disproportionate impact on poor women, who often bear primary responsibility for managing the care of the family and the household.
Investments of this type vary greatly and are made across asset classes and include fixed income, venture capital, and private equity. Investors are attracted to this space due to the potential for using the power of business to address complex societal issues while producing both positive financial and social returns.
The FWA Impact Investing Committee’s primary role is to build awareness of impact investing and to mobilize new ideas and networks in this space. To this end, the FWA organizes panel discussions and conversations featuring distinguished speakers from financial institutions, double bottom line investors, innovative social enterprises and academia; thus keeping a finger on the ever-changing pulse of the impact investing universe.
Interest in this exciting, new industry has grown rapidly in recent years with more mainstream investors seeking to align their values with their investment dollars. The Financial Women’s Association is committed to supporting the continued emergence of a robust and viable investment option.
“Intentional investing creates both social impacts and financial returns,” Brinda Ganguly, associate director of The Rockefeller Foundation added.
In recent years, the FWA has presented stakeholders from organizations including:
- The Rockefeller Foundation
- Goldman Sachs
- Accion International
- Calvert Foundation
- TIAA CREF Global
- Social Community Investing
FWA Committee Co-Chair Nelun deS. Wijeyeratne concluded, “Our Committee works to bring together experts and market makers who can speak about their experiences, discuss decision-making processes, and present their views on the future trends and challenges facing the industry.”
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