Poll: Do Investment Professionals Know about Impact Investing?
Do investment professionals know about impact investing? We asked this question in our latest survey in the CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief.
A clear majority of the 727 respondents are unaware of impact investing. Around 20% are aware of impact investing but understand it vaguely. That leaves us with only about 15% of respondents who think they are aware of impact investing and understand it clearly.
This result is not surprising given that impact investing is a new field. According to the Global Impact Investing Network, “Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.” Going beyond traditional sustainable and responsible investing, impact investing is about intending, making and measuring a difference. To learn more about impact investing, take a look at related CFA Institute content, including this short video interview, “An Introduction to Impact Investing,” and this blog post, “Impact Investing: Making a Financial and Social Return.”
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