A natural destination – India’s impact investment sector is coming into its own

Impact investments are described as investments that are committed to generating and measuring a social and environmental impact alongside financial return. They represent an evolution of socially responsible investing, which historically was focused on avoiding socially problematic businesses (e.g. tobacco) rather than making a positive difference. A survey by J.P.Morgan and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) released in May 2014 says global impact investment commitments are expected to increase 19% or by US$12.7 billion this year. South Asia and East and Southeast Asia are among the top three regions where investors say they will be boosting impact investment commitments. The survey respondents represent a total portfolio of $46 billion in impact investments, of which around 20% are invested in the two Asian regions.

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