Michele Giddens Co-founder of Bridges Fund Management on the future of Impact investing

VideoInterview 1 June

Michele Giddens Co-founder of Bridges Fund Management on the future of Impact investing

Some really practical and powerful insights from Impact investing pioneer Michele Giddens, co-founder and co-CEO of Bridges Fund Management:

  • There is no contradiction between a transition to a more inclusive and sustainable economy and driving attractive returns. In fact, it’s the reverse and failing to think about this in investments is likely to end up with poorer financial returns.
  • It is essential to have an impact management team embedded into every stage of the deal process from selection through ownership, reporting and exit.-Giving companies the tools to measure their environment and social impact can significantly enhance stakeholders’ loyalty and, in turn, make companies more profitable and attract higher bids at the exit point.
  • Technology will bring enhanced transparency as to where your money is, promote the idea that people have power through their pension funds and savings and will result in greater democratization of impactful investing.
  • You can’t always have your cake and eat it. Not every challenge (like extreme poverty in emerging markets) can be solved alongside the most superior financial returns. Therefore, blended capital structures will become more commonplace to address those really tough problems.
  • We need to be raising, investing and deploying capital in the transition to a more sustainable and more inclusive economy with a greater degree of urgency. There is great momentum in the sector but we are still far behind where we need to be.

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