COVID-19 is already a health emergency across half the world and may well spread even further. We know that the long-term economic impact will be far worse still.
The global impact investing community has an important role to play in mitigating the effects of this crisis. With the GSG team and our 32 National Advisory Board countries, we have over a decade of experience in what impact means in practice and how finance can be used for public good.
We can work to create some of the outstanding new innovations needed globally, from financing for medical interventions, education and retraining for jobs, to building frameworks to ensure positive impact in each step towards the recovery we all seek.
But if we work alone there’s a limit to what we can achieve. Solidarity between leaders from the worlds of finance, entrepreneurship, business, government and philanthropy is critical to saving lives and securing our shared future. Now, more than ever, we must work together to address the challenges so suddenly created by this pandemic.
I am honoured to become CEO at GSG and look forward to working with you all to achieve our utmost in this crisis.
How are you driving real impact?
A growing number of impact entrepreneurs are innovating to tackle pressing social and environmental issues around the world – from access to basic services to youth unemployment and education.
Investors – ranging from high net worth individuals, philanthropists, institutional investors, DFIs and corporations – are increasingly backing ventures that have both measurable social or environmental impact and attractive financial returns.
A wide range of intermediaries are innovating across different asset classes to allocate capital to projects delivering social good as well as financial returns.
Individuals and organizations around the world are working to create impact-friendly ecosystems, from building capacity to helping shape more supportive policies.