The Future of Sustainable and Impact Investing project aims to build industry coherence and collaboration to accelerate the evolution from the short-term investment mindset to one that focuses on long-term investments and sustainable impact.
In Phase 1 (2012-2015), the initiative set a solid foundation for the World Economic Forum’s ongoing thought leadership in this sector via a series of formative reports. In Phase 2 (2016-2018), the initiative has been mobilizing investors, governments and enterprises to address challenges and provide tangible pathways to scale up the sector. Through a series of engagements, and in collaboration with multiple stakeholders and communities, the main workstreams are built around strategic convening that explores frontier themes for sustainable and impact investment and delivers experiential learning opportunities.
Convening key decision-makers from across the investment spectrum is a critical part of the initiative, and essential to unlocking the immense potential of this sector. Throughout the year, public- and private-sector stakeholders can contribute through thought leadership, best-practice sharing and active engagement in various workstreams on sustainable and impact investing. The Forum network is uniquely positioned to provide influence and direction for the traditional investing community, governments and enterprises with the desire to see positive systems change.
The Shaping the Future of Sustainable and Impact Investing initiative aims to accelerate the systemic evolution from the short-term investment mind-set to one that focuses on long-term investments and sustainable impact, resulting in an increase in the flow of capital into impact investments.
2016-2017 will be the fourth year of this initiative. In Phase 1 (2012-2015), the initiative set a solid foundation for the World Economic Forum’s ongoing thought leadership in this sector via a series of formative reports. We progressed from a top-level survey of the impact investing ecosystem to practical guides for key stakeholders – in particular, institutional investors and families. We also developed The Davos Game, a series of simulations to allow mainstream investors to familiarize themselves with the space and all of which are available to the public. In Phase 2 (2016-2018), the initiative will mobilize investors, governments, and impact enterprises to tackle existing roadblocks and provide tangible pathways to scale the sector.
Among the areas of focus are: