Launched at the Impact Investment Summit in November 2018, this report by the Australian Advisory Board on Impacting Investing and Impact Investing Australia reinforces the ambitious, achievable vision for impact investment as a driver of positive impact at scale. The report outlines the objectives, enablers and themes for priority action that if embraced and actively pursued will accelerate progress. The report discusses the roles that different actors can play, and illustrates the transformative potential of impact investment in three areas of significant need and opportunity.
The Impact Principle: widening participation and deepening impact practice at scale
In 2018 Rosemary Addis Chaired the GSG Working Group on widening participation and deepening practice for impact investment at scale. The Impact Principle is intended to guide people and organisations participating in impact investing and those who have not yet started. It will enable them to understand why impact matters and the levers to widen and deepen impact investment as a powerful tool for meeting the needs and aspirations of people, conserving our planet and delivering on the promise of inclusive growth and prosperity. For those already active, this paper can guide them to participate more effectively and deepen their practice. For those not yet active, it aims to encourage participation and provide practical guidance on where and how to get started.
In 2017 the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing Australia undertook a scan of the impact investing field in Australia to assess what has changed over the last three years since its last field scan in 2014, what is happening and what is needed to inform the next wave of strategy development to support the ongoing development of impact investing in and from Australia.
Delivering on Impact – the Australian Advisory Board Breakthrough Strategy to Catalyse Impact Investment
Launched in September 2014, the Delivering on Impact report by the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing sets out an ambitious, dynamic strategy to accelerate the market for impact investing and deliver impact in Australia. Impact Investing Australia is driving the implementation of this strategy and its program of activity.
Benchmarking Impact: Australian Impact Investment Activity and Performance Report 2016
Released in October of 2016 by Impact Investing Australia, Benchmarking Impact: Australian Impact Investment Activity and Performance Report 2016 presents the findings from analysis of impact investment activity and performance data for a data-set of Australian impact investments active as at 30 June 2015, with a total product value of $1.2 billion. This pioneering report presents the first set of aggregated, market-based data on the performance of Australian impact investment products.
Impact Investing Australia 2016 Investor Report
In March 2016, Impact Investing Australia published the results of Australia’s inaugural impact investing survey. 123 investors – including institutions; trusts and foundation; not for profit organistions; and individual investors – participated, providing an important contribution to understanding how the demand for impact investing is shaping in Australia.
Blueprint to Market: Impact Capital Australia
In October 2015, Impact Investing Australia launched the Blueprint for a new and independent financial institution – Impact Capital Australia (ICA) – to accelerate development and achieve scale for impact investing in Australia. ICA has been designed to be a game changer for Australia, mobilising more capital and transforming the way Australia deals with social and environmental challenges.
For a detailed overview of the impact investing market in Australia – see the IMPACT-Australia report published in 2013. The report details investments and transactions already underway, and what might be required to further catalyse impact investing in, and from, Australia.
A Practical Guide to Understanding Social Costs: Developing the Evidence Base for Informed Social Impact Investment
Released in 2016 by Deloitte Access Economics in association with with the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing, A Practical Guide to Understanding Social Costs: Developing the Evidence Base for Informed Social Impact Investment offers a practical approach for understanding and quantifying the costs of social issues, using case studies of homelessness and teen motherhood as examples.
On 15 September 2014, the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established by the G8 – and including Australia as one of the eight country participants – launched its global report Impact Investment: the Invisible Heart of Markets. This groundbreaking report calls on governments and the financial sector to take action to unleash this investment for tackling social problems, and makes key recommendations for building a successful global market for impact investment.