Impact investing: why social action in real estate is as important as climate action

It is a movement that is hard to argue against. Impact investing, which the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) says can be defined as investment strategies that aim to ‘generate specific beneficial social or environmental effects in addition to financial gains’, has grown enormously in recent years.

According to the latest GIIN market sizing study, the impact investment market recently passed the $1 trillion mark for the first time in terms of assets under management (AUM), something that GIIN’s Co-Founder and CEO, Amit Bouri, describes as ‘a significant psychological milestone for an industry still maturing and growing in sophistication’. Such growth is to be welcomed given the huge environmental and societal problems the world faces, not least climate change, widening economic inequality and poverty. “Urgent action and vast allocations of capital are required in the present moment in order to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by 2030 and to reach net zero emissions by 2050,” says Bouri. “Despite clear progress, this is no time for complacency. The work to scale the market with integrity is crucial if the world hopes to reverse the tide of climate change and address social inequity head on.

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