What Is Impact Investing?

Like all investments, impact investments can fall in value as well as rise and you risk not getting back as much as you originally invested.

Three main features help to establish if an investment is an impact investment

Impact investments seek to generate a financial return and have a benefit to society

They look to measure and report on the impact they generate

They invest in the sectors that have the potential to generate positive outcomes that address some of the challenges that we face as a society.

How is impact investing different?

Impact investing is traditional investing combined with philanthropic aims. New options emerge where the aims of generating a financial return and creating societal impact overlap.

Traditional investing

Investing has traditionally targeted financial returns with no, or minimal, consideration for environmental, social or governance factors, or their effects.

Impact investing

Impact investing offers the possibility of simultaneously generating returns and mitigating or addressing societal and environmental challenges.


Philanthropy has sought to mitigate or address existing societal issues through charitable giving.

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Barclays Multi-Impact Growth Fund

Barclays Multi-Impact Growth Fund’s investment process combines three distinct levels of internal and external expertise. Find out more.

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