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Impact Investing

The term impact investing originated in 2007 when socially conscious investors sought to define investments in companies, organizations, and funds with the intention of generating measurable social and environmental impact, as well as a financial return. This led to the formation of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) in 2009. The intentional nature of impact investing differentiates it from socially responsible investments seeking to avoid social or environmental harm in pursuit of profit. There exists a wide variety of impact investment strategies and platforms. These range from small, socially purposed projects, such as a women’s microlending cooperative in a single village, to large capital investment pools financing business innovation and growth to address global challenges, such as climate change, sustainable agriculture, clean technology, and ...

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