The Future of Sustainable and Impact Investing

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The Future of Sustainable and Impact Investing project aims to build industry coherence and collaboration to accelerate the evolution from the short-term investment mindset to one that focuses on long-term investments and sustainable impact.
In Phase 1 (2012-2015), the initiative set a solid foundation for the World Economic Forum’s ongoing thought leadership in this sector via a series of formative reports. In Phase 2 (2016-2018), the initiative has been mobilizing investors, governments and enterprises to address challenges and provide tangible pathways to scale up the sector. Through a series of engagements, and in collaboration with multiple stakeholders and communities, the main workstreams are built around strategic convening that explores frontier themes for sustainable and impact investment and delivers experiential learning opportunities.
Convening key decision-makers from across the investment spectrum is a critical part of the initiative, and essential to unlocking the immense potential of this sector. Throughout the year, public- and private-sector stakeholders can contribute through thought leadership, best-practice sharing and active engagement in various workstreams on sustainable and impact investing. The Forum network is uniquely positioned to provide influence and direction for the traditional investing community, governments and enterprises with the desire to see positive systems change.

Active workstreams:

  • Measuring Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals: A multi-stakeholder process to accelerate coherence and consolidation among impact measurement and management practice at the SDG-level 

  • Striving towards Effective Integration of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance): An an initiative to connect awareness to meaningful investment management by providing guidance on best practice in ESG integration and standardization

  • The Scale Shop Series: A global cross-mentoring exchange to catalyse trust and investment and provide a platform to scale up solutions to the world’s challenges

  • Humanitarian Investing: Exploring market-based approaches and innovative financing as solutions to address the humanitarian needs 

  • Harnessing the Impact of Families: An education module in collaboration with Harvard Kennedy School, the University of Zurich, and next-generation family business members to enhance their impact on society

Contact Information

Katherine Brown
Global Leadership Fellow
Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing Initiatives
World Economic Forum