IMPACT INVESTING MARKET MAP

What is it?

A resource for investors to identify companies that, through their products and services, generate impact in one or more of ten thematic environmental and social areas.

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Providing A Guide To The Impact Investing Industry

Based on the review of more than 450 resources from international organisations, global networks, market leaders, company benchmarks, UN conventions and data source providers, this tool aims to support the process of identifying impact investing opportunities for the wider investment community.
 
The tool focuses on ten thematic investment areas and consists of the following features:

  • Basic definitions of each thematic investment area based on UN conventions and international industry leaders
  • Practical criteria to identify impact investing companies based on themes
  • Common indicators to measure performance used by the practitioners
  • Questions to support the investment decision-making process 

It is not a framework, norm or standard, but a practical baseline for investors

The tool provides a baseline guidance to impact investors to identify impact companies. It is a consolidation of existing information to support the market.  As such, all information presented is for reference only and does not constitute a set standard for organisations to set themselves against.

Designed by PRI and co-created with stakeholders

Already based on world leading data sources, our aim is that this tool is as comprehensive and effective as possible. Therefore, we invite investors and organisations to test the Market Map and to participate in our consultation process to contribute to the success of this tool.

For more information, contact Kurt Morriesen, Senior Manager of Alternative Investments.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

  • Join one (or more) peer review groups: these will consist of two to three calls to share feedback.
  • Review and provide feedback on the tool individually. If you choose not to join a group but would like to review the tool, please download the tool and feedback form across the thematic area(s) of  your choice.

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Thematic Areas

Renewable Energy

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Water and Sanitation

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Energy Efficiency

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Affordable Housing

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Health

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Green Buildings

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Sustainable Forestry

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Sustainable Agriculture

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Education

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Inclusive Finance

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Renewable Energy

Description:

The goal of this working group is to improve the Impact Investing Market Map methodology and tool. This working group adopts the following thematic investment/business definition:

Companies that generate their revenues from products, services or infrastructure projects supporting the development of renewable energy and alternative fuels, including: generation, transmission and distribution of electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, small scale hydro (25MW), waste energy and waste tidal.

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Water and Sanitation

Description:

The goal of this working group is to improve the Impact Investing Market Map methodology and tool. This working group adopts the following thematic investment/business definition:

Companies that “produce or deliver products, projects and services with the scope to provide basic sanitation and safe and fresh water to humans without compromising the quality and sustainability of water resources. This includes water waste and water utilities, water infrastructure and water technology”.

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Energy Efficiency

Description:

The goal of this working group is to improve the Impact Investing Market Map methodology and tool. This working group adopts the following thematic investment/business definition:

Companies that generate their revenues from “products, services, infrastructure or technologies that proactively address the growing global demand for energy while minimizing effects in the environment, this include technologies and systems that promote efficiency of industrial operations and industrial automation and controls, and optimization systems; infrastructure, technologies, and systems that increase the efficiency of power management, power distribution, power storage and demand-size management”; and technologies and products that focus on using renewable energy sources to transport vehicles.

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Affordable Housing

Description:

The goal of this working group is to improve the Impact Investing Market Map methodology and tool. This working group adopts the following thematic investment/business definition:

Companies invest in housing projects, services and infrastructure “for which the associated financial costs are at a level that does not threaten or compromise the occupants’ enjoyment of other human rights and basic needs and that represents a reasonable proportion of an individual’s overall income”.

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Health

Description:

The goal of this working group is to improve the Impact Investing Market Map methodology and tool. This working group adopts the following thematic investment/business definition:

Companies that serve the population with access to good quality services, health workers, medicines and technologies. To achieve these goals, when applicable, companies should provide equity in access to health services, quality of health services should be measurable, and, most importantly, companies should actively provide affordable services, products and technologies that will not create hardship or impoverishment from health care costs.

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Green Buildings

Description:

The goal of this working group is to improve the Impact Investing Market Map methodology and tool. This working group adopts the following thematic investment/business definition:

Companies that generate their revenues from buildings designed, constructed, operated, maintained, renovated and destroyed using environmentally friendly and resource-efficient processes.

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Sustainable Forestry

Description:

The goal of this working group is to improve the Impact Investing Market Map methodology and tool. This working group adopts the following thematic investment/business definition:

Companies that generate revenues from products, services, infrastructure and projects to meet the social, economic, ecological and cultural needs of present and future generations. These needs are for forest products and services such as wood and wood products, water, food, fodder, medicine, fuel, shelter, employment, recreation, habitats for wildlife, landscape diversity, carbon sinks and reservoirs, and other forest products.

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Sustainable Agriculture

Description:

The goal of this working group is to improve the Impact Investing Market Map methodology and tool. This working group adopts the following thematic investment/business definition:

Companies engage in sustainable agriculture businesses that conserve land, water, and plant and animal genetic resources, and are environmentally non-degrading, technically appropriate, economically viable and socially acceptable.

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Education

Description:

The goal of this working group is to improve the Impact Investing Market Map methodology and tool. This working group adopts the following thematic investment/business definition:

Companies and organisations that produce and work with educational products and services used in a school environment (i.e. training software, educational books and material used by students and teachers as part of their education programs).

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Inclusive Finance

Description:

The goal of this working group is to improve the Impact Investing Market Map methodology and tool. This working group adopts the following thematic investment/business definition:

Inclusive finance is defined so as to include microfinance and SME finance. Microfinance includes investments in retail institutions that provide financial services such as loans, savings, insurance and other basic services to low-income clients who run productive activities and who traditionally have lacked access to banking and related financial services. SME financing refers to providing financial services to small- and medium-sized enterprises that may struggle to access to banking and related financial services.

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DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the Market Map is meant for the purposes of information only and is not intended to be investment, legal, tax or other advice, nor is it intended to be relied upon in making an investment or other decision. This Market Map is provided with the understanding that the authors and publishers are not providing advice on legal, economic, investment or other professional issues and services. PRI Association and the PRI Initiative are not responsible for the content of websites and information resources that may be referenced in the tool. The access provided to these sites or the provision of such information resources does not constitute an endorsement by PRI Association or the PRI Initiative of the information contained therein. Unless expressly stated otherwise, the opinions, recommendations, findings, interpretations and conclusions expressed in this tool are those of the various contributors to the tool and do not necessarily represent the views of PRI Association, the PRI Initiative or the signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment. The inclusion of company examples does not in any way constitute an endorsement of these organisations by PRI Association, the PRI Initiative or the signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment. While we have endeavoured to ensure that the information contained in this tool has been obtained from reliable and up-to-date sources, the changing nature of statistics, laws, rules and regulations may result in delays, omissions or inaccuracies in information contained in this tool. Neither PRI Association nor the PRI Initiative is responsible for any errors or omissions, or for any decision made or action taken based on information contained in this tool or for any loss or damage arising from or caused by such decision or action. All information in this tool is provided “as-is”, with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, timeliness or of the results obtained from the use of this information, and without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied.