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The impact ecosystem has the potential to address the world's most complex problems

Improve investment decisions with impact evidence for a radical, systemic change for people and the planet.

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Impact Cloud® successfully breaks the barriers to achieving the SDGs

Capital Plus Financial

The Community DFI needed an end-to-end impact management solution to collect data at stakeholder level and share evidence of impact.

Using Impact Cloud® as a fundraising platform, where aggregated data reporting and simplified reporting can be seamlessly shared with funders.

Green Innovations

The family office found a scalable hub&spoke architecture allowing growing different M&E practices at asset level for later aggregation at the portfolio level.

Leveraging on a standardized M&E infrastructure, for deep data aggregation at the portfolio level.

Impact Investment Group

As an impact investment funds manager with opportunities across real estate, renewable energy infrastructure and venture capital that can support positive social or environmental outcomes.

Assessing SROI and benchmarking investments across return and risk and impact profile.

SI2 Fund

An investment fund focusing on impact first businesses but expecting a fair financial return.

Adopts the internationally recognized Social Return on Investment (SROI) framework to help investees understand, measure and manage a sustainable societal impact.

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Listen to stakeholder's voice and aggregate impact evidence to drive strategy, investment insights, fundraising, reporting and more.

Goals

Impact Goals

Clarify priorities to capture outcomes, define indicators, risks, and assumptions in a user-friendly environment.

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Data Collection

Design a systematic data collection approach both at stakeholder and asset level for improved impact evidence.

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Portfolio Management

Build a portfolio of programs and/or assets. Define profile data for portfolio-level analysis.

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Analytics

KPIs are visualized and updated in the Dashboard. Build multiple dashboards and share with stakeholders.

Report

Reporting

Build an impact report with drag-and-drop or export visualizations to own report.

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Impact Cloud® in action

Discover how Impact Cloud® can help asset managers and asset owners to measure and manage impact evidence. Social purpose organizations can build on impact analytics to drive their mission to tackle world's multidimensional problems and transition us to a more sustainable future.

 

 

How do investments contribute to the achievement of impact?

Extremely urgent and important

One hundred corporations in the world stand for 71 percent of all industrial carbon emissions on this planet. 

The financial ecosystem is broken, public services fail to deliver and improve the quality of life, and poverty and inequality subsist in the developing markets. Today businesses are using their capabilities to optimize their positive impact on people and the planet alongside their financial return.

On the other hand, investors and social investors are using capital to optimize business impact, by adding and creating value beyond what would otherwise be achieved.

The momentum is now and urgent to generate financial returns alongside measurable social and environmental impact to address global complex challenges.

Financial returns

Shared value delivered

Impact investments seek a financial return across the spectrum, from below-market-rate to risk-adjusted market-rate returns. Different from philanthropy and non-profit, businesses and investors aim to generate both financial and social returns - ultimately delivering shared value.

Evidence is encouraging, as capital mobilized to pressing challenges is delivering social innovation and a growing adoption globally brings increased flows of capital directed towards those Sustainable Development Goals or other globally accepted goals.

Financial returns, listening to stakeholder's voice and a commitment to impact transparency and integrity gives relevance and credibility that the impact ecosystem needs to thrive.

Don't simply avoid harm or benefit stakeholders

Trillions of dollars are invested worldwide without taking into consideration environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and how their risks are directly related with investment performance. Although there's evidence on financial materiality of ESG issues to portfolio value, poor investment decisions are continuously being made.

Investment consultants and managers are now starting to take ESG into consideration in their investment decisions and pursuing ESG opportunities, but don't have the systems and processes necessary to support the implementation and management of these risks. To achieve high-impact solutions it's necessary to make use of suitable measurement and management solutions.

Sopact has developed Impact Cloud® to better report against these non-financial goals.

Intentionality

Contribute to solutions

Impact investments by definition are intentional and contribute to social and environmental outcomes.

According to GIIN Core Characteristics of Impact Investing, investors should set transparent and long-term financial and impact goals, as well as design an investment thesis that is clear and the measurable actions to achieve those goals. On top of that, investments selected should align with the defined strategy.

IFC's Operating Principles for Impact Investing requires investors to define strategic impact objectives consistent across portfolio.

Social value creation

If impact investing is to truly have an impact, it should be about systemic change, new ways of deploying capital, and capacity building of the players on both sides of the equation. Godeke & Pomares, 2009, p. 123

It's necessary to engage in a learning process to maximize social impact. While measuring financial returns is easy and standardized today, impact measurement is still a growing industry. Consequently, the different players across the spectrum of capital use many different methods and frameworks. Therefore the adoption of best practices is hindered, while investors and organizations struggle to measure outcomes and learn from them.

Impact measurement

Measure what matters

Players across the supply and demand of capital commit to measure and report the performance (social and environmental). Outcome-level measurement allows strategy alignment and feedback-loops to optimize and maximize the returns.

Measurement can take many forms and follow different frameworks and indicators, in particular, Impact Management Project 5 Dimensions in alignment with GIIN IRIS+. These frameworks allow investors and organizations to measure what matters. From what the outcomes are and who the stakeholders are, to how much change has occurred and contribution and impact risks.

In an ideal situation, investors not only use this information to understand how much impact they are creating but also to learn about the effectiveness of their operations and establish feedback-loops for improving their processes to maximize social value creation.