The PIIN Insights Series is focused on the role of private capital in various societal and environmental issues. The research is commissioned by members of the Pacific Impact Investor Network, a collaborative network of impact investors - individuals, family offices, foundations, and financial institutions in Canada.
Demystifying Impact Investing
Impact investing has emerged over the last decade as one of the most talked about new strategies for tackling social and environmental problems. The emergence of the concept has been accompanied by a great deal of hype and a confusing array of competing definitions of impact investing. There have also been many claims about what kind of financial return can be achieved while also solving social and environmental problems. Some analyses of the impact investing sector suggest that it currently accounts for $9bn annually of investment capital flowing through channels that are distinct from the mainstream capital markets from a range of investors including philanthropic foundations, high net worth individuals and traditional investors seeking to create impact alongside financial return. Others have questioned whether the approach is indeed new, whether projected financial returns will really meet the expectations of investors and whether impact investing truly refers to new sources of capital or is only a new term for traditional investments that happen to have positive social or environmental impact as a by-product.
Demystifying impact investing examines the global impact investment industry and focused particularly on the private equity and venture capital asset class within impact investing. We broke down some of the myths, and analyzed what the opportunities are. We then focused specifically on the context relevant to Canadian investors. This paper provides an overview of impact investing and demystifies this sector for individuals and family offices exploring the space. Read more>
Housing—one of the basic needs in a society—has become an increasingly contentious issue as the gap between housing costs and incomes grows in cities around the world. Sauder S3i, at the University of British Columbia, is located in Vancouver—a city that is ranked the third least affordable city in the world. This paper examines a range of alternative approaches to addressing housing affordability, drawing on best practices from around the world.
Read our Q&A with the Dr. James Tansey here.
Impact investing has emerged over the last decade as one of the most talked about new strategies for tackling social and environmental problems.
Project Lead: Tony Pringle
Sauder S3i continues its partnership with the Columbia Institute and LOCO BC with a new resource guide that offers innovative tools for economic development.
Project Lead: Joanna Buczkowska
For the past year Sauder S3i has been involved as a partner developing BC Ideas, an online competition, which asks British Columbians to bring forward innovative ideas and programs that address the challenges facing our province.
Project Lead: Joanna Buczkowska
Focusing on ways to expand market opportunities for social enterprise procurement, the project aims to engage the community to explore opportunities that provide an added social value to traditional cost-based procurement.
Project Lead: Gavin Hollett
The development of a project in northern Uganda is helping to establish a locally driven framework that connects war-affected youth with local youth leaders to play soccer and to discuss important community issues, such as, post-conflict healing...
Researchers: Martina Valkovicova, Eric Demers
Social Entrepreneurship 101: Africa (SE101) is one part of the African Initiative of the Sauder School of Business. SE101 started delivering a business plan training program to youth living in Africa in the summer of 2006.