The Future of Sustainable and Impact Investing

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-present), the initiative has been mobilizing investors, governments and enterprises to create an enabling environment that provides tangible pathways to scale both sustainable and impact investing approaches. Leveraging the Forum’s platform, and in collaboration with multiple stakeholders and communities, the practice is built around strategic convening that focuses on solving key challenges to scaling these approaches, explores frontier themes to which they can be applied, and builds capacity through 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:

Building an Effective Ecosystem for ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance): A multi-stakeholder effort to increase the coherence of initiatives within the ESG reporting ecosystem - ultimately boosting transparency, corporate performance and supporting usage of ESG in the investment process.

Humanitarian Investing: Co-chaired with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Bank Group, this initiative looks to stimulate new approaches that tackle long-term challenges of fragility, protracted crises, and forced displacement. It aims to shift the narrative from funding to investing, to unlock new capital and identify bankable projects and, ultimately to deploy a new investment theme that supports the most vulnerable communities.

ESG Ecosystem Map

Our interactive map of the ESG landscape aims to decipher the who is who and the dynamics of ESG reporting. Learn more here

ESG Ecosystem Map
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