Impact investing toolbox for business angels
FiBAN wants to help business angels make more impact conscious investments. This is why we have created this impact investing toolbox that provides business angels guidance, practical tools, and food for thought. In this open source toolbox we promote and share meaningful impact work and studies created by relevant organizations.
A guide for more impact conscious investments
LEARN TO NAVIGATE IN THE IMPACT INVESTING LANDSCAPE. There are various ways to define, specify and evaluate impact investing. We have collected meaningful open source impact measurement and management tools, worksheets, reports and studies, and other impact investing material from relevant organizations for you.
MAPPING THE ROLE OF PRIVATE FINANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Investing in agile impact startups is an efficient way to have an influence on how the future looks like. Get to know to the big picture.
DEVELOP THE TOOLBOX WITH US. FiBAN’s toolbox will serve business angels with different needs. This is our first version and as the impact understanding evolves, so will the toolbox. If you are passionate about the topic and have ideas for collaboration or developing the toolbox, reach out to us.
Framework for Impact Investing
How to define impact investing?
Impact investments strive for generating positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Positive outcomes are of the utmost importance, and impact investments are made with the intention of accomplishing specific goals that are beneficial for the sustainable development of the world.
World’s to-do list: Sustainable Development Goals
Impact investing is often connected to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 17 SDG’s and 169 targets are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all.
SDG-Tracker.org presents data across all available indicators from the Our World in Data database and tracks global progress towards the SDGs. It measures the progress of each goal based on 232 unique Indicators of the SDG targets, and tracks global progress to 2030.
MAPPING THE ROLE OF PRIVATE FINANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Investing in agile impact startups is an efficient way to have an influence on what the future will look like. Today’s small startup company can make a big impact tomorrow.
The OECD has formed a set of effective approaches and tools to leverage Private Finance for Sustainable Development (PF4SD). They describe the set in three categories: social impact investing that links investments to measurable investments, blended finance that mobilizes additional commercial finance, and green investment that transforms investments to align with green pathways. All three financing approaches can help address the financing gap for the SDGs, and redirect private finance for Sustainable Development (Figure 1.1).
Investments can no longer be valued only in financial returns and we are moving towards greater impact. We are moving towards greater impact, states OECD’s report: a growing number of private sector actors are focusing on investing for specific social, environmental or economic outcomes, including those outlined in the SDG’s. It’s estimated that USD 22.89 trillion of assets were under sustainable investment strategies in 2016.
OECD’s figure of the the spectrum of capital shows the balance between the target of social impact and financial return (Figure 1.3).
Impact investing is close to many FiBAN members’ heart. We have picked you some of FiBAN’s news articles and interviews related to impact investing. Take a closer look on the tips and advice from impact investing experts.
Learn to navigate in the impact investing landscape
There are various ways to define, specify and evaluate impact investing. However, there is neither one comprehensive way of measuring impact of an investment nor a policy for reporting impact. We have collected some good practices used in the industry that we see helpful in the process of evaluating impact. Here are a few open source tools and worksheets for impact measurement and management.
Widen your knowledge and take a deep dive into impact investing scene. Here are some reports and studies, and other impact investing material from relevant organizations. These are all open source resources and publicly available. A big thanks for all organizations and people behind these wonderful works.
Develop the Toolbox with us
We aim to have concrete tools to help business angels on making impact conscious decisions and to have follow-up reporting tools to keep good impact work going. Therefore, we are constantly gathering more experiences about impact investing from angel investors’ perspective.
If you are passionate about the topic, please share us your ideas and best practices with us so that we can spread the word to the angel community. After all, we all have the common mission of making the world a better place. Please reach out to the FiBAN office to share your ideas.