The Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society promotes the development of the theory and practice of responsible investment through research, dialogue, and action. The IRI works across asset classes to build communities of practice around innovative responsible investment strategies and catalyze new opportunities and concepts in responsible investment.

IRI Fall Updates

With fall in full swing, the IRI team looks back at our work over the past few months. We launched a report on Impact Investing in Development Finance Institutions, which provides insight to how a range of DFIs self-define their work in the impact investing space, a first step in a larger project exploring the actual and potential role of these institutions in growing global private sector impact investment activity.  We welcomed Senior Fellow, James Gifford, and Visiting Scholar, Falko Paetzold, to the IRI team. IRI staff contributed chapters to New Frontiers in Philanthropy and through our TLF project, the IRI hosted a regional convening in Chicago, IL. We are looking forward to hosting two book launches for The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism and  Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street this month, and an upcoming event on November 3rd hosted by the IIPC and the Rockefeller Foundation to share the launch of our work, Impact Investing Policy in 2014: A Snapshot of Global Activity. We look forward to continuing our work on these important topics and sharing our developments.

Read a full description of our spring activities and upcoming events in our newsletter and follow us on Twitter for up to date developments.

UntitledDevelopment Finance Institutions (DFIs) exist with the stated purpose to provide crucial financing to developing countries. These institutions, created solely for the purpose of promoting development in emerging and frontier markets, present a seemingly obvious starting point for growing the impact investing space, not only in these emerging market economies, but among institutional investors at large. One could even argue that nearly all of their current investment activity falls into a broad understanding of impact investing as investments that generates both a positive social and financial impact. In this context, DFIs are increasingly talking about impact investing. The most recent report released by the G8 Social Impact Taskforce even includes providing flexible capital to DFIs as one of its key high-level recommendations for governments.

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Divest to Invest, a Green Bonds Update

September 23, 2014

This week, Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced that it would be divesting its $860m portfolio from fossil fuels. This was only the latest in a series of high profile announcements by major investors in anticipation of the UN Climate Summit 2014, acknowledging the role that investors can play in supporting a more sustainable future: Yale’s endowment […]

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