Principles and Practice of Impact Investing
A Catalytic Revolution

Paper: 978 1 78353 404 3 / $60.00
Published: August 2016  

Cloth: 978 1 78353 403 6 / $150.00
Published: October 2016  

Publisher: Greenleaf
284 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/5"
Impact investing is gaining global attention from society, governments and businesses. Society is increasingly viewing it as a new paradigm to deal with the economic crisis, curtailed public budgets and an answer to the diversified needs of society. It is ranking high in the policy agenda of governments and international organizations and private investors are searching for new investment opportunities to channel the liquidity available.

This book is the first to look at impact investing as a refocus of venture capital to sustain the development of societal impact enterprises. Principles and Practice of Impact Investing collects chapters from international experts on the subject, discussing the foundations of the movement; analyzing leading international cases; and debating future trends in the field. It also includes interviews with some of the most influential stakeholders of impact investing across the world.

The book is an inspirational and practical guide for actors and stakeholders to enable better understanding of impact investing. Taking an international perspective, the chapters primarily deal with mature economies, setting it apart from the existing literature focused on emerging countries. The book will be of interests to practitioners and executives, as well as researchers and MBA students.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Setting the scene

1. Profit meets social impact: shared value, triple bottom line, strategic CSR

2. Social enterprises: business models

3. From Philanthropy to Venture Philanthropy

4. Impact investing: what, who, how

5. Measuring Impact Investing

6. The Science of Shared Value

Part 2: Impact Investing in practice

7. Bridges Venture, UK

8. Intellecap, India

Part 3: Evolutions

9. Building an asset class: what can we learn from the venture capital market?

10. The impact measurement dilemma

11. The future of Impact Investing

12. Conclusions

Reviews & Endorsements:
"Impact investing is a huge topic at present and the questions [the book] is asking are highly relevant. It will stand as a definitive contribution to this literature."
- Rory Sullivan, Senior Research Fellow for the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy , University of Leeds