Impact Investing Network

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Welcome to the December edition of impact investing news in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally.

This edition covers: new NAB Chair; Mindful Money guest article; social housing impact investments; campaigns and reports to increase funders' commitment to impact investing, climate action and a just transition.

IIN updates

NAB in the community

Highlights of the activities our National Advisory Board (NAB) and Impact Investing Network (IIN) team have been involved in recently.

New NAB Chair

After serving as Deputy Chair and then Chair of the National Advisory Board for Impact Investing (NAB) over the last four years, David Woods will pass on the baton to Alastair Rhodes as the new NAB Chair.

We are fortunate to retain David as a member of the NAB. Given David’s expertise in the global impact investing markets he will step in the newly created role as GSG Liaison. David will be the NAB’s representative in engaging with the GSG (Global Steering Group for Impact Investment). This important role sees David advising on the major global developments and activities that relate to the New Zealand market.
Alastair replaces David as Chair with full support of the NAB.

Alastair joined the NAB in 2020 as the representative from Philanthropy NZ. He was appointed CEO of BayTrust in 2015 and since his appointment has driven BayTrust to be one of the leaders in impact and sustainable investments in NZ. He has a passion for impact investing, both from its ability to help drive a more inclusive and sustainable society and also how impact investments can complement and further diversify an investment portfolio. Read more.

Events and Programmes

Discover the latest trends and connect with the impact investing community at these events and programmes.

Mindful Money - Shining a light on impact investment

Mindful Money aim to empower investors to make investment a force for good. They do this by providing transparency through objective information to compare investment options.

The Impact Investing Network supports Mindful Money's aim to shift investors along the investment spectrum towards impact investing. Mindful Money has launched a directory of impact funds and a campaign to encourage members of the public to demand more investment in impact enterprises and the development of new impact funds. Please sign the petition and share.

We've invited Barry Coates, Founder and CEO, to share Mindful Money's mission and latest contributions to impact investing. Read more.
Read more

ImpactLab - What's your impact? competition

ImpactLab and BDO are running a ‘What’s your impact?’ competition, awarding $25,000 of ImpactLab’s GoodMeasure service for free to a New Zealand-based Not-for-Profit or for-purpose organisation seeking to make a positive social impact. ImpactLab’s GoodMeasure tool calculates the social value of your interventions, and social return on investment.

Get applications in before 5pm, 28 Jan 2022.

Aotearoa New Zealand

New Ground Capital - Homes for Tamariki Fund

New Ground Capital has established the Homes for Tamariki Fund to improve housing for some of NZ’s vulnerable children, whilst generating an attractive cash yield from a government revenue stream. Read more.

Community Finance - supreme winner at Sustainable Business Awards

Community Finance was the supreme winner at the 2021 Sustainable Business Awards. Also, winning the Outstanding Collaboration category. Read more and listen to interview

Positive Capital, Pathfinder, Alvarium, Community Finance - $200m social housing partnership

Positive Capital, Pathfinder , Alvarium Wealth and Community Finance are putting capital to positive use to find a path to greater housing affordability. The $200m shared equity social housing programme aims to build up to 400 new community houses. Read more.

Ākina announces 2021 Impact Investment Readiness recipients

Into its sixth year, the Ākina Impact Investment Readiness Programme provides funding for impact-led businesses to get them ready for investment, which is a vital part of growing the impact investing market. Brainy Picture People, Certified Energy, Cleanery, Hot Lime Labs, 3BagsFull, Nau Mai Rā, Olive & Ash, Usedfully, Wanaka Wastebusters and ZeroJet are the 2021 recipients. Read more.

Funders Commitment on Climate Action

The Community Trusts of Aotearoa New Zealand have initiated The Funders Commitment on Climate Action. Its purpose is to provide a platform for funders in Aotearoa to better understand climate action needs, issues and opportunities, show leadership and undertake individual and collective action on these issues accordingly. It aims to accelerate a just transition to a low carbon society in Aotearoa, in partnership with iwi/hapu/Māori.

The Community Trusts invite all philanthropic funders in Aotearoa to sign up to the voluntary pledge.

Join the Commitment

Global Perspective

Impact Taskforce calls on G7 to take urgent action to mobilise more institutional capital

The Impact Taskforce, an independent, industry-led taskforce supported by the G7 Presidency, has released its recommendations aimed at financing a just transition to a climate-secure future for all. The in-depth analysis provides actionable recommendations that answer the pressing question: “How can we accelerate the volume and effectiveness of private capital seeking to have a positive social and environmental impact?”. 

The Impact Taskforce brings together 120 leading voices from the worlds of business, investment and public policy, representing over 100 institutions across 40 countries, published the report Time to deliver: mobilising private capital at scale for people and the planet. Read more.

Scaling impact investment - a systems view

Discover the why and what of impact investing and the theory of change for widening participation and deepening practice with practical guidance on actors and levers in the GSG's The Impact Principle: Widening Participation & Deepening Practice for impact investment at ScaleAccompanying this report is a systems map that visualises the theory of change for scaling impact investment. Read more.


A selection of educational research and content on impact investing.
Ākina: published its Impact Report covering Ākina's contribution to the impact investing sector. Read more.

Convergence:  The State of Blended Finance 2021 is the fifth edition of Convergence's annual report, providing an updated analysis of the blended finance market, including blending approaches, sectors, regions and investor trends. Read more.

IMPACT: Reshaping Capitalism to Drive Real Change: Ronald Cohen is a global impact investing pioneer and Chair of the GSG. He is offering his comprehensive book, outlining his vision for the 'Impact Revolution', to all students for free. Download book.

Mindful Money: ran a series of seminars and podcasts on Making Money a Force for Good. Bringing insights from leading impact investors, ethical fund managers, financial advisers, and international experts in sustainability and finance. Recordings can be accessed here.  

The Lever Room: an accessible overview of global impact measurement and investment, as part of Measuring What Matters, a global initiative to advance capability to measure social and environmental impact, alongside financial impact, for systems-level change. Read more

Thank you

Thanks very much to members of the impact investing community for being research participants for the IIN website renovation - you know who you are!

We are grateful for the
design concepts, informed by user research, recommended by students from Victoria University’s Design School.

We're looking for a volunteer digital designer to progress the project from design concepts to reality. Please contact
Tan Huynh if you'd like to make your impact on the future of the IIN website or know someone that can.
Contact IIN
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