CSR is organizations voluntarily taking the decision to be part of sustainable development. With this concept companies make a decision to contribute to a better society and a cleaner environment by use of strategic management, built on awareness of the positive and negative social impacts which their activities may produce; whether on clients, employees, shareholders, the local community or society in general.
CSR can be explained as “creating economic, environmental and social value in the short and long term; making a contribution to the wellbeing of present and future generations in their immediate environment as well as helping the planet as a whole.”
What is Socially Responsible Investment (SRI)?
SRI is an investment which examines the criteria of traditional financial investment concerns, like risk-return, as well as extra-financial criteria – the environmental, social and corporate governance criteria, or ESG – in the process of investment analysis and decision-making. These factors are also inherent in the course of active ownership (the use of shareholder advocacy) without the loss of financial performance.
Different criteria are used in the process of choosing investments: screening for negative factors which would exclude certain companies, or seeking organizations in which the positive factors of social, environmental and corporate governance (ESG criteria) play an integral part in their activity.
In order for a product to be SRI, it must expressly state in its investment policy that it acknowledges these criteria.
What is Impact Investing?
Impact Investing is an SRI strategy.
Impact investing refers to investment which seeks to generate financial return alongside a measurable positive impact, either social or environmental.
Impact investing is any kind of investment which, whilst aiming for a profitable return, actively works to generate measurable benefits for society.
Typical features are:
• Financial return
• Social impact
Measuring and Tracing the social impact is a cornerstone of the Impact investing concept; the factor that differentiates it from other forms of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI).
I2 Social Impact Investing
Appreciable Social Impact
The I2 mission is to contribute to sustainable development in the world by promoting Socially Responsible Investing in its IMPACT INVESTMENT programme. We do this with consultancy which offers transparent, responsible and honest advice to our clients about social impact issues and especially about the social results coming out of impact investing plans.
I2 is an organisation specialised in defining rules and procedures for the preparation of reports to facilitate the traceability and verification of all the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aspects in the monitored results.
I2 will offer support to our clients preparing reports on social impact in accordance with pre-defined rules and procedures.
Sustainable development projects
We specialise in selecting and analysing social projects, in particular the sustainable development projects with appreciable social impact which could become investments for our clients.
The term development project is used to describe a set of investments, activities, policies and actions, public sector or otherwise, designed to achieve a particular development goal within a time frame, in a specified region for a previously established group of beneficiaries. Such projects continue to produce goods or provide services when the project finishes and external assistance has been withdrawn.
Sustainable development projects respond to people’s current needs, without compromising the ability of future generations to manage their own goals.
We know which sustainable development projects will comply with our clients’ wishes and social commitments as well as those of their stakeholders.
Sustainable development has three fundamental principles: environmental (sustainability), economic (fulfilling needs, efficiency and people’s wishes) and social (justice for all and quality of life).