|FWA Impact Investing
What is Impact Investing?
The Microfinance Committee
is now the
Impact Investing Committee
Impact Investing is an approach to harness investor capital for social enterprises seeking to find innovative solutions to address long standing social and environmental problems. Impact investors look for both limited financial returns and strong social impact and often invest in enterprises that have the potential for scaling up. Microfinance is often referred to as the "mother of impact investing" and today the field has broadened out to address a broader range of social issues, including the environment, education and healthcare. Many of these social issues have a disproportionate impact on poor women, who often bear primary responsibility for managing the care of the family and the household. A core focus of the field is to find entrepreneurial solutions to global problems, and encourage private capital investment. Examples of such enterprises are those providing access to medicine and clean water.
Learn more about Impact Investing at the Global Investing Network, the premier research and resource center for impact investing.
To provide educational and relevant current event topics that promotes awareness of impact investing to the FWA members and the broader public. The committee will focus on creating events featuring distinguished speakers from the financial institutions, double bottom line investors, innovative social enterprises and academia.
Build awareness among FWA membership and beyond about the breadth of innovative, entrepreneurial solutions that are being designed to address the social and environmental challenges facing the world
- Provide opportunities for FWA members and others to engage with this investment community
- Promote discussions within the FWA community about the capacity to harness the power of entrepreneurship for greater social impact.