I recently was lucky enough to talk on a panel hosted by Swell Investing with some movers and shakers regarding how to maintain your purpose while making a profit. Probably a little bit of a snooze fest for many of you out there, but I was introduced to a concept that I think many of you will love called “Impact Investing.” As defined by the Global Impact Investing Network, impact investing is an investment into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Think The Impossible Burger, Tesla, and so on. And I thought, what newlywed couple doesn’t need to hear more about great ways to invest their money?! So today I’m sharing a few resources directly from Swell for those of you who want to put your money where your heart is…From Swell (Originally posted here):
Bad news: Global temperature is on the rise.
Good news: So is impact investing.
From air pollution to global warming, our planet is put under more duress with each passing day. Luckily, it’s not all up to the cosmic forces. There are ways we humans can get involved to slow down or even reverse these effects.
One way is by supporting industries and services that are focused on making a positive environmental impact.
This is called Impact Investing.
Want to Learn More About Impact Investing?
There are many reasons you might want to consider impact investing. We’ve compiled some resources for you to peruse.
1. The GIIN has published a need-to-know guide that explains the core characteristics of impact investments, why you might make them, and how they perform financially.
2. ImpactBase is an online database of impact investment funds and products designed specifically for investors.
3. “From Ideas to Practice, Pilots to Strategy: Practical Solutions and Actionable Insight on How to Do Impact Investing” is an informative report by the World Economic Forum.
4. What Good Is Impact Investing?”shares excerpts from an HBR conversation with the World Economic Forum’s Michael Drexler and Abigail Noble.
This should serve as some light bedtime reading.
Should you want to learn more about social companies making a huge impact and where to invest you’re very own money, I highly recommend stalking Swell’s blog. They are full of amazing insight and when you’re ready can guide you through the process of investing.
The gorgeous image from Grit & Virtue.