The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can serve as a framework for measuring impact in environmental, social and governance (ESG)-focused investing.
For a growing number of investors, financial performance is no longer the sole investment objective. Instead, many are looking to align their financial goals with the ability to influence change.
Yet in fixed income specifically this is no easy task. Traditionally, impact investing has focused on project finance investing, which has clear objectives against which progress can be measured, such as to provide clean water or build a railway. Moving from these types of projects, with well-defined but narrow goals, to establishing objectives for investing in the world’s largest and most complex companies is a challenge. And yet solving it is the key to unlocking the wider pools of capital available for this purpose.
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