A video recording of “Raising the Bar: Aligning on Key Elements of Impact Performance Reporting” (WATCH)

A video recording of “Raising the Bar: Aligning on Key Elements of Impact Performance Reporting” (WATCH)

On April 27, 2022, BlueMark hosted an event to introduce key findings from the firm’s latest report: Raising the Bar: Aligning on Key Elements of Impact Performance Reporting.

Experts across the impact investing industry agree that higher-quality and decision-useful impact performance reporting is critical to ensuring the industry’s integrity. The challenge is that there are no widely-accepted standards or guidelines for reporting on impact performance, making it all the more difficult to meaningfully analyze and compare impact results.

To address this challenge, BlueMark recently embarked on a research project to better understand the current state of impact performance reporting and to identify pathways to improve the quality and usefulness of impact reports.

Download the full ‘Raising the Bar’ report at https://bluemarktideline.com/raising-the-bar/

A video recording of “How to Be an Impact Leader” (WATCH)

A video recording of “How to Be an Impact Leader” (WATCH)

On May 13, 2021, BlueMark hosted an event on “How to Be an Impact Leader” to introduce key findings from the firm’s latest report: Making the Mark: The Benchmark for Impact Investing Practice.

 

Using data and insights from an initial 30 verifications, BlueMark’s second annual ‘Making the Mark’ report offers an in-depth look at best practices in impact management. And in a first for the impact investing market, the report also introduces a new industry benchmark that is designed to allow market participants to clearly differentiate between impact investing leaders and learners, thereby bringing more transparency and accountability to the impact investment market.

Attendees had an opportunity to hear first-hand from several of BlueMark’s clients that have gone through the verification process to learn how a third-party perspective helped them improve their approach to impact management. The event also featured experts in impact investing discussing the importance of benchmarking and how a shared understanding of opportunities and challenges can advance the field.

Speakers included:

  • Christina Leijonhufvud | CEO, BlueMark
  • Tomi Amosun | Managing Partner, Summit Africa
  • Elizabeth Boggs-Davidsen | Vice President, Office of Development Policy, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
  • Cecilia Chao | Managing Director, Bain Capital Double Impact
  • Maria Kozloski | Senior Vice President, Innovative Finance, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Jeremy Rogers | Chief Investment Officer, Big Society Capital

Download the full ‘Making the Mark’ report at
https://bluemarktideline.com/making-the-mark-2021/

A video recording of “How to accelerate confidence and transparency through Impact Classification and Impact Verification” (WATCH)

A video recording of “How to accelerate confidence and transparency through Impact Classification and Impact Verification” (WATCH)

As more impact funds are introduced in the market, asset managers and asset owners need frameworks to help sort and segment funds by their distinct approaches to impact, or “impact classes,” just as they do by asset classes. They also need those impact classifications independently verified.

On March 3, 2020, the IMP+ACT Classification System (ICS), which was launched in June 2020 and has already been adopted by more than 100 asset managers who “classify” themselves according to either the SDGs and/or the Impact Management Project’s ABC framework, hosted a virtual event for impact investors to discuss “How to accelerate confidence and transparency through impact classification and impact verification.”

Watch a video recording of the event here to learn more about how the combination of impact classification and impact verification can bring greater transparency and accountability to the impact investing market, featuring a case study jointly presented by BlueMark, a provider of independent impact verification services, and ICS user and working group member Closed Loop Partners, an investment firm focused on building the circular economy. Those who missed the event can download the case study here.

Speakers included:

  • Anna Marciano – Head of US Legal Sustainability, Nestle USA
  • Christina Leijonhufvud – CEO, BlueMark
  • Claudia Coppenolle – Co-Founder & CEO, IMP+ACT Alliance
  • Tazia Smith – Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners