The ImpactAssets Handbook For Investors

This critical handbook offers insights and approaches to developing strategy as well as an understanding of the issues and considerations of impact investors in practice. It is for those interested and engaged in investing capital to generate financial returns with social and environmental impacts. With contributions from some of the field’s leading impact investing experts, the collaboration provides all investors, large and small, with practical insights and actionable guidance on engaging with impact investing. In addition to discussions of portfolio structure and strategy, the handbook offers an overview of due diligence necessary to assess potential investments, a discussion of communications and performance measurement issues and other factors key to managing capital for multiple returns.

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A much-needed guide for investors seeking to both understand the impact investing landscape and engage their own portfolios for impact. Full of examples and resources to provide guidance and insight along the journey.
— Ron D. Cordes, Co-founder, Cordes Foundation
The ImpactAssets Handbook for Investors takes a sledgehammer to the fossilized mind-set that financial returns are all that matter. Jed Emerson and his coauthors give color and texture to an approach to investment and business that is changing our economy more effectively […] than government.
— Seth Goldman, Co-founder and TeaEO Emeritus, Honest Tea

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