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IFC Releases The 2020 Growing Impact Report

Hong Kong | 5th June 2020

IFC (International Finance Corporation), a member of the World Bank has released the 2020 Growing Impact Report.

According to the new IFC report, Growing Impact Reportthe impact investing industry is continuing to attract investors in spite of the global recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, impact investing remains a small market, with a market size of up to $2.1 trillion.

” Impact Investors Attract Investors Despite COVID-19, market size remains small at $2.1 trillion “

In the years ahead, impact investing will face strong headwinds in the shape of tighter liquidity conditions, an aversion for risk and widespread economic disruption, all of which will threaten the viability of many impactful firms.


2020 IFC Growing Impact Report Highlights:

  • Impact funds have a greater focus on investing in emerging markets
  • 30% of the volume of impact funds was raised for projects in emerging markets for impact funds
  • 20% was raised for emerging markets in conventional funds


Impact Investing Preference (By highest allocation)

  • Financial inclusion
  • Green or sustainable technology and products
  • Energy or energy efficiency
  • Agriculture and food processing.


IFC – Operating Principles for Impact Management

In April 2019, IFC had introduced the Operating Principles for Impact Management – which provide a distinct line between impact investing and other forms of sustainable and responsible investing. In total, 97 investors have signed up to the Operating Principles, with 19 investors coming on board this year, for a total of 39 new signatories since the initiative was launched.

Recent endorsements from investors in countries such as Mexico, Japan, United Arab Emirates and also include the world’s largest asset manager such as BlackRock.


  • Working to align impact measurement systems into a common core of metrics that will improve the ability of investors to compare impact performance across funds and institutions.
  • In the last 6 months, 90% of the indicators in the leading measurement frameworks have been aligned
  • Signatories must annually disclose the alignment of their impact management systems with the Operating Principles and pursue regular independent verification.
  • Many investors are disclosing their impact assets under management for the first time in 2020.


The 2020 IFC Growing Impact Report calls on a wider range of asset managers and development finance institutions to manage funds for impact in a disciplined way, recommends the creation of further opportunities to invest for impact at scale, and encourages investors to continue to deepen their work on impact metrics.


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Philippe Le Houérou, Chief Executive Officer of IFC:

“There is increasing demand for more responsible capitalism. The current crisis is casting a harsh lens on inequalities and the importance of sustainability and could accelerate the demand for investments in jobs, gender equality, and environmental protection. These core values can ensure continued long-term financial performance.”

IFC – Operating Principles for Impact Management

97 Signatories 

  1. Actis
  2. Acumen Capital Partners
  3. Adenia Partners
  4. Albright Capital Management LLC
  5. AlphaMundi Group
  6. Amundi
  7. AXA Investment Managers
  8. Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO)
  9. Big Society Capital
  10. BlackRock, Inc.
  11. Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital
  12. BlueOrchard Finance
  13. BMO Financial Group
  14. BNP Paribas Asset Management
  15. Calvert Impact Capital
  16. Capria Ventures
  17. Cardano Development (ILX Fund and TCX)
  18. CDC Group
  19. CDP – Cassa Depositi e Prestiti
  20. Christian Super
  22. Community Investment Management (CIM)
  23. Cordiant Capital
  24. Credit Suisse
  25. Deetken Impact Sustainable Energy
  26. DEG – Deutsche Entwicklungsund Investitionsgesellschaft mbH
  27. Denham International Power GPLP SCSp
  28. Developing World Markets
  29. Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)
  30. Development Partners International LLP
  31. DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
  32. Earth Capital
  33. Egyptian-American Enterprise Fund
  34. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  35. European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI)
  36. The European Investment Bank (EIB)
  37. Finance in Motion
  38. FinDev Canada
  39. Finnfund
  40. Flat World Partners
  41. FMO – the Netherlands Development Finance Company
  42. Foundation Corporation Holdings
  43. Franklin Templeton Social Infrastructure Fund
  44. FullCycle
  45. GEF Capital Partners Latam
  46. IDB Invest, Member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group
  47. IFC
  48. IFC Asset Management Company (AMC)
  49. IFU – Investment Fund for Developing Countries
  50. Impact Bridge S.A
  51. Incofin Investment Management
  52. INOKS Capital SA
  53. Investing for Development SICAV
  54. Investisseurs & Partenaires – I&P
  55. Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD, Member of IsDB Group)
  56. Japan International Cooperation Agency
  57. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
  58. LeapFrog Investments
  59. LGT Lightstone Europe LLP
  60. LGT Venture Philanthropy Foundation
  61. MicroVest Capital Management
  62. Mirova
  63. Mountain Nazca
  64. Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
  65. Norfund
  66. Neuberger Berman
  67. Nuveen, a TIAA Company
  68. Obviam
  69. Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG (OeEB)
  70. Partners Group
  71. Phatisa Group Limited
  72. Proparco
  73. Prorsum Capital
  74. Prudential Financial, Inc., Impact Investments Group
  75. The Private Infrastructure Development Group Ltd. (PIDG)
  76. Quona Capital
  77. responsAbility Investments
  78. Sarona Asset Management Inc.
  79. SEAF
  80. STOA Infra & Energy
  81. Swedfund
  82. Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM)
  83. Symbiotics S.A.
  84. The Osiris Group
  85. The Rise Fund
  86. The Rock Creek Group
  87. TriLinc Global, LLC
  88. Trill Impact AB
  89. Triple Jump
  90. Turk Ventures Advisory Limited
  91. UBS Group
  92. UOB Venture Management Private Limited
  93. U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) (formerly OPIC)
  94. VentureWave Capital Ltd.
  95. Water.org
  96. WaterEquity
  97. Zurich Insurance Group


About IFC

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IFC, International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group

IFC – a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2019, we invested more than $19 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.

Visit: www.ifc.org


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