Overview

The majority of large businesses and asset managers today produce annual sustainability reports about their positive social and environmental initiatives. However, the measurements they use are inconsistent and often difficult for investors to analyse and compare.

What is needed is better data that clearly shows both positive and negative business impacts, challenging industry and investors to move beyond the desire not to do harm and embrace the ambition to do good. The result will be investment actively and intentionally channelled into areas where it can have the greatest positive benefits.

The ITF’s work is moving us towards a world in which investment decisions are thoroughly informed by the triple lens of risk, return, and impact. Without transparency, harmonisation and integrity, impact financing cannot reach its full potential to create a better world, nor can it be held properly accountable.

Report

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Financing a better world requires impact transparency, integrity and harmonisation.

Greater transparency on impact, harmonised disclosure standards and better data for decision-making are the foundational elements needed to catalyse private capital at scale for people and planet.

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    “With COP26 and the COVID pandemic highlighting the climate emergency and global inequalities, harnessing private capital at scale for public good is more important than ever.  The world is at a tipping point – the Taskforce has come together to develop actionable recommendations to catalyse measurable, positive environmental and social outcomes with a focus on impact transparency, integrity and trust – and financial vehicles that can deliver impact through investments across the globe.

    Ida Levine

    Principal

    Two Rivers Associates Limited

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    “Impact investment is at a crossroads – the choices we make today will determine the long-term viability of the sector. Our report provides actionable recommendations to increase transparency in impact reporting, enhance integrity of impact metrics, and promote harmonization across impact standards.”

    John Denton

    Secretary General

    ICC

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    “As a member of the taskforce, we are pleased to help design new standards that will lift impact investing to the scale required to tackle the greatest challenges of the day. Impact investing can unlock the power of the capital markets to take on issues in the environment, education, or health. We look forward to the day when impact investments are a standard part of every portfolio, building a healthier, smarter, greener planet.”

    Suni Harford

    President of UBS Asset Management

    UBS

Chair and secretariat

Workstream A Chair

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Douglas L. Peterson

President & CEO

S&P Global

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Secretariat

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The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment

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    “We are at a transformational moment in the investment sector.   While investors once focused only on profits, we are now at a new juncture where we need to go a step further.   The world needs more purpose-driven companies which are dedicated to driving profits whilst benefiting society, because profit, people and planet are completely interwoven.  Effective impact investing with globally agreed standards are vital to achieving this and the Taskforce is bringing a vast array of expertise to develop opportunities which make a real difference for good.”

    Peter Harrison

    CEO

    Schroders

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    “Impact investing enables individual and institutional investors to unlock capital to finance projects which are delivering real and tangible benefits for our planet and society. We’re in a pivotal decade. We need urgent climate action and we need to take bold steps to close the gap between the rich and poor, which has only grown as a result of COVID-19. The outcomes-led nature of impact investing is an effective tool with the potential to effect real change.”

    Liza Maimone

    COO

    PwC Australia

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    “Nowadays GAAP can explain only less than 50% of corporate value. Vast majority of enterprise value is attributed to intangibles, ESG and impact. Hence we rely on investors in a bid to monetize and materialize it via harnessing capital market. This taskforce is well positioned to offer the key to success. Impact measurement! For example, I provided Eisai’s Employment Impact as 1st case of IWA in Japan. If we want to tout impact, let’s prove it!”

    Ryohei Yanagi

    CFO

    Eisai.Co

Members

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Adam Lyons

Head of Green Finance Unit

UK's HMT

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Alexander Bassen

Sustainable Finance Research Group

University of Hamburg

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Amit Bouri

CEO & Co-founder

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

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Arunma Oteh

Academic Scholar

University of Oxford

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Bertrand Badre

CEO & Founder

Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital

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Christina Leijonhufvud

CEO, BlueMark

Managing Partner, Tideline

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Clara Barby

Chief Executive

Impact Management Project

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Cliff Prior

CEO

The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment

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Conor Kehoe

Chairperson

International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)

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David Blood

Founding Partner & Senior Partner

Generation Investment Management

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Dean Alborough

Head of ESG

Old Mutual Alternative Investments

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Elizabeth Seeger

Managing Director, Sustainable Investing

KKR

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Fabienne Michaux

Director

SDG Impact, UNDP

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Frédéric Samama

Head of Responsible Investment

Amundi

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George Serafeim

Charles M. Williams Professor of Business Administration and Faculty Chair

Impact Weighted Accounts Initiative-Harvard Business School

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Ida Levine

Principal

Two Rivers Associates Limited

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    “The events of the past two years underscore the urgent need for equitable and sustainable growth for all economies. We need to direct capital to those organizations that prioritize supporting people, the planet, and society broadly.  Clear and consistent reporting standards are one way to get there by providing transparency for all stakeholders and better insights for impact investors on the long-term value companies create.“

    Ruchi Bhowmik

    Global Public Policy Vice Chair

    EY

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    “We must collaborate to close the gap between aspiration and action on climate change and fractures in society. Business must play its role and be transparent and accountable.

     

    The IFRS Foundation’s new International Sustainability Standards Board is a giant leap to achieving a baseline of consistent, comparable information needed by capital markets. But we must not stop here. We need a comprehensive system that redefines the social contract between business and society and addresses reporting to stakeholders on broader impacts.”

    Veronica Poole

    Vice Chair

    Deloitte UK & Global IFRS and Corporate Reporting Leader

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    “Global warming, pollution, social inequity, and imbalanced development between countries have reached an unprecedented level. To achieve sustainable and fair development, the international community, particularly the G20 economies must work together. Resources must be channelled towards economic restructuring with less negative, more positive environmental and societal impacts. This report prioritizes action and sets the principles for impact investment and reporting, which should guide stakeholders to allocate their resources in a way aligned with the future that we all want.”

    Prof. Weiguo Zhang

    Former Board Member

    IASB & Former Regulator at China Securities Regulatory Commission

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Isela Constantini

CEO

GST Financial Group

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John Denton

Secretary General

ICC

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Karen Karniol-Tambour

Co-Chief Investment Officer for Sustainability

Bridgewater

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Karen Wilson

Senior Advisor

Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE)

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Kyung-Ah Park

Managing Director of ESG Investment Management

Temasek

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Liza Maimone

COO

PwC Australia

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Lucrezia Reichlin

Professor of Economics

London Business School

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Maha Keramane

Head of Social Business and Microfinance Europe

BNP Paribas

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María Ariza

Director General

Mexico's Exchange Commission (BIVA)

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Marta Santamaría

Director

Capitals Coalition

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Martin Whittaker

Founding CEO

JUST Capital

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Mary Karol Cline

Senior Policy Advisor, Geostrategic Business Group

EY

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Mary Schapiro

Vice Chair for Global Public Policy and Special Advisor, Lead of the TCFD

Bloomberg

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Michelle Edkins

Managing Director

BlackRock

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Neil Gregory

Chief of Thought Leadership

IFC

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Nick Hurd

Chair

Access Foundation

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    “The efficient frontier in portfolio management is increasingly being defined by the intersection of risk, return and impact. It is essential that there is a globally coordinated effort to create transparency around impact measures, as well as to harmonize impact definitions and metrics, be they environmental or social. In doing so, the integrity of what is measured and reported is critical. This requires local context and broad stakeholder alignment for impact to be meaningful and create true systems change. The Impact Taskforce (ITF) will catalyze a globally coordinated effort to make impact investing mainstream and we need political leaders, policymakers, regulators, standard setters, investors and investment managers to all be aligned for this to occur. I am proud to have been part of the ITF and truly believe it will accelerate global efforts to incorporate environmental and social impact in the way we allocate capital.”

    Tebogo Naledi

    Managing Director

    Old Mutual Investment Group

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    "At their core, capital markets exist to improve our well-being. Sadly, in the financialisation of our world over the past few decades we have seen markets become largely self-serving. This initiative of the G7 is part of a global movement to bring back the underlying purpose of capital markets. It does this by identifying ways for our system to leverage the significant volume of financial capital in the world to make a positive difference.  Our society needs those who allocate capital be mindful of the footprint that they leave. It will only be through their efforts, together with governments and the community sector, that we will be able to properly confront the social and environmental challenges that we face."

    Richard Brandweiner

    CEO

    Pendal Australia

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    “On our own, we can effect change for ourselves and our organizations, but together we can catalyze the systemic change we need to put our economies on a more inclusive and sustainable path.  The Impact Taskforce (ITF) did just that by bringing together insights from across the business, public policy, and academic worlds, and translating those into a very specific call to action to change how we understand—and account for-- value creation.  This is the systemic change we need.”

    Mary Karol Cline

    Senior Policy Advisor, Geostrategic Business Group

    EY

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Prof. Ngaire Woods

Founding Dean

Blavatnik School of Government-University of Oxford

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Paul Druckman

Chairman

World Benchmarking Alliance

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Peter Harrison

CEO

Schroders

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Richard Brandweiner

CEO

Pendal Australia

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Robert Eccles

Visiting Professor

Saïd Business School-University of Oxford

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Robert H. Herz

President

Robert H. Herz LLC

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Ruchi Bhowmik

Global Public Policy Vice Chair

EY

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Ryohei Yanagi

CFO

Eisai.Co

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Søren Andreasen

CEO

EDFI

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Suni Harford

President of UBS Asset Management

UBS

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Thomas Verheye

Principal Advisor Green Finance & Investment

European Commission

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Tom Brown

Emeritus Global Head of Asset Management

KPMG

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Veronica Poole

Vice Chair

Deloitte UK & Global IFRS and Corporate Reporting Leader

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Prof. Weiguo Zhang

Former Board Member

IASB & Former Regulator at China Securities Regulatory Commission

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Yael Almog

General Counsel

Bank Hapoalim

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