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Impact investing may have started out with a focus on social issues, but environmental concerns are rising further up investors’ agendas, and influencing their strategies.
Investors increasingly seek positive environmental and social outcomes alongside financial returns from their portfolios, but there is much more to the impact label than simply building a wind farm.
The industry still has a long way to go on decarbonisation, but the creation and adoption of private equity-specific science-based targets could really move the needle.
Private debt managers had been wondering how they could exert ESG influence over portfolio companies. This is the year they saw the light.
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Hear from one GP who has opted to tie carry to an impact target, and another who believes alignment on impact is naturally built-in to the private equity model.
Pioneering fund managers are making the ultimate GP prize – carried interest – contingent on impact or ESG metrics. In part one of this deep dive, we ask who is doing it and what their motivations are.
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Momentum is gathering behind the movement to link carried interest to impact or ESG targets. In the second part of this deep dive, we discover that it is easier said than done.
There is not yet consensus about what constitutes a true impact strategy; debate about definitions could get in the way of much needed progress.
Impact investment allows firms to demonstrate their environmental and social credentials, but are their claims accurate? We take a look at the race to develop better measurement frameworks.

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