Just because the big banks hold name cachet doesn’t mean they were seen as welcome additions to the market.
Ask someone at TBLI 2013 for a definition of impact investing and you’re unlikely to get the same answer. Berry Kennedy listens to another part of the long conversation defining the impact investment field. There must be “clarity between philanthropy, CSR and investing efforts. They are not all impact investments,” stressed Ximena Escobar de Nogales, head of social performance management at Bamboo Finance, an inclusive-finance private equity firm. It was a bold opinion in a presentation to a room full philanthropists and corporate representatives who consider their work to be exactly that: impact investing.
Diversity ruled for the ESG Leaders Europe Awards at the Triple Bottom Line Investing (TBLI) Conference in Zurich. With four categories the award looks to highlight successes across the impact field, commending investors as well as the projects which tend to be the focus of awards. In the end, it seems everyone could have been a winner – and that was the point. Rather than using concrete investment metrics to choose a winner, organizers chose to celebrate a wide range of activities across the field.
Join us as we report on the current state of impact investing in Switzerland’s financial heart, Zurich. You will independently investigate stories and capture industry leaders’ opinion on the relevance of this “emerging” investment category. ZURICH, Switzerland – Zurich, a small city, circling around a long history and increasingly disputed corporate finance and investor industry. Where else could someone better hunt for investment stories than in Zurich? Your job will be to mingle with leading investors and investment experts around the topic of “ESG” (environmental, social, and governance) or impact investing at the TBLI CONFERENCE™ EUROPE 2013. As critical and investigative observers, you add context and content to this industry gathering (see full attendee list here).