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Some family offices and foundations have already successfully integrated impact investing

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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Dr. Julia Balandina Jaquier
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return, says the Global Impact Investing Network, a New York-based not-for-profit organisation. But there is much more to it, according to an expert who recently discussed the matter with Opalesque.

Dr. Julia Balandina Jaquier, an acknowledged authority on impact investing, founder of Zurich-based JBJ Consult, lecturer, author, talked to Sona Blessing on Opalesque Radio about impact investing.

There is no one common definition on impact investing, she says, "but in a nutshell, impact investors provide capital to ventures - both companies and funds - which are designed to generate social and/or environmental impact as well as financial return. Positive impact should be measurable and be part of the stated strategy of the company, rather then merely a by-product of a purely commercial enterprise". Financial return can range from simple return of principal up to a full market return.

Impact investing covers a very broad area, she explains, and opportunities can be found in both emerging and developed ma......................

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