Impact investing for ocean ecosystems and users: Capital available, but projects needed!
This article appeared in the October 2016 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM):
For decades, the idea of ‘socially responsible investing’ meant little more than not including companies considered to have a negative social or environmental impact in an investment portfolio. Increasingly, investors are seeking to fund ventures or initiatives that actively achieve positive (and measurable) social or environmental results – while still generating financial returns. These “impact investments” can be made in both emerging and developed markets. And they can tolerate a range of returns, from below-market to above-market rates.
The potential for private capital entering the marine conservation and management field is considerable. A 2016 report by Credit Suisse and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment estimated a total conservation finance investment potential of US$200-400 billion between 2016 and 2020. To learn more about the potential and current state of impact investing for ocean ecosystems and users, MEAM spoke with two marine impact investing experts….