Today, The Rockefeller Foundation and Campbell Lutyens released the LP Impact Guide, which has case studies from five of the world’s leading investment firms: Hamilton Lane (global), Glenmede (North America), Fjärde AP-fonden (Europe), PGGM (Europe), and HEST (Asia Pacific). I am thrilled to report that across all five firms, it’s clear that impact investing strategies have officially become a core component of the private markets’ ecosystem. The Guide features stories from industry leaders who have come together to change the world for the better, and their message is strong: impact investing is an attractive and effective tool to move large amounts of money for social and environmental benefit while also generating strong financial return.
Our hope is that the insights and results from these findings serve as a springboard for investors, by demonstrating that impact investing can offer strong returns and make measurable differences in our society. Moving forward, we urge investors to explore how they can broaden their impact investing portfolios and find new and compelling ways to invest in impact-driven strategies.
It’s clear that momentum continues to build in the impact investing space. This conversation and the network of investors focused on impact must grow if we are to continue making strides towards a more equitable and sustainable future. I am proud of The Rockefeller Foundation’s continued leadership in this field and the efforts of our passionate and resourceful team to advance new investment solutions that can overcome traditional market barriers.
You can see this in our Zero Gap Fund, which has mobilized over $520 million in patient and flexible financing to support new high-impact investment strategies. It’s also why the Foundation has supported BlueMark Benchmark to create a first-of-its-kind measurement tool for tracking best practices in impact management, now with aggregated data and insights from 30 investment groups with an aggregate $99 billion in assets under management.
Bottom line: impact investing has emerged as a mainstream investment approach with a deepening pool of high-quality investment opportunities that can drive a more just and sustainable future.