Impact Investing report

Infrastructure Investor’s 2024 Impact Investing report explores the rise of social impact, and how the infrastructure sector is becoming increasingly focused on creating a cleaner, greener planet.

Impact capital is acutely focused on backing climate-related strategies, and while appetite for social impact is slow burning, it is growing. The concern, however, is the lack of capital flowing to regions most in need.

With the UN warning that the progress of the SDGs is off track, stalling or going into reverse, how to invest in emerging markets could be infra capital’s biggest challenge going forward.




Impact investors have realised that good intentions are not enough; their impact must be real and quantifiable. That is why a number of frameworks have been developed, with early leaders starting to emerge. As measurement frameworks proliferate, so too do investment opportunities – the Global Impact Investing Network notes there are $1.2 trillion of impact investing assets under management, and a wealth of those are open to infrastructure investors.

Key trends from this year’s annual Impact Report

Impact continues to grow as investors prioritise different solutions.

Putting impact to the test

Investment is flowing into projects that promise environmental and social benefits alongside financial returns, but how can managers demonstrate genuine impact?

Moving from net-loss to nature-positive

Infrastructure funds are under growing pressure to deliver ‘nature-positive’ investments.

On the minds of the managers

Impact remains a priority, despite turbulent times, says our panel of experts.

With the covid pandemic having changed the game for impact investing, it was high time we produced our first special report on infrastructure impact. Although environmental and social objectives increasingly form part of infrastructure strategies, the asset class still has much to do to ensure impact is truly impactful.

Why measurable results mean more than impact labels

Investors increasingly seek positive environmental and social outcomes alongside financial returns from their portfolios, but there is much more to the impact label than simply building a wind farm.

Infrastructure has huge impact potential, but the path ahead needs clearing

ESG is firmly entrenched as a financial risk that all investors and businesses must actively manage. But for many investors, just mitigating the negative environmental and social impacts is no longer enough.

Financing the green revolution

Impact investors are playing their part to tackle the climate crisis and scale renewables.

Scaling water infrastructure with impact

Impact investing could play a starring role in the drive to deliver safe and equitable drinking water.

Acre: Demand growing for impact-oriented professionals

With more capital being directed to meet urgent social and environmental needs, demand for individuals with an impact mindset is growing, says Acre’s Ian Povey-Hall.

How impact funds are reducing methane emissions

The circular economy offers crucial opportunities for impact investors to embrace net-zero waste management.

Investing to change society

After years of underinvestment in social infrastructure, it is time for social impact to step out of the shadows of the climate emergency

Making an impact in emerging markets

Extending basic infrastructure in developing countries is vital for achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, but macroeconomic headwinds are a key concern.

GSTF: Infrastructure investment is key to addressing social inequalities

Investment in the sector can create a more inclusive and equitable post-covid world, say Ethan Hall, CIO, and Anita Bhatia, investment director, at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation

BII on using infrastructure investment to create resilient economies

Investing in net-zero climate solutions is a priority for British International Investment (formerly known as CDC Group), says Holger Rothenbusch.

SGCH: Social housing is a class of its own

Community housing is gaining support from infrastructure investors, says Scott Langford, the CEO of SGCH, New South Wales’s largest community housing provider.


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