Place-Based Impact Investing Forum

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We are grateful to our forum sponsor for supporting this work.


The Place-Based Impact Investing Forum (PBIIF) 
is hosted by Pensions for Purpose and co-managed with The Good Economy and the Impact Investing Institute. Its purpose is to facilitate action-oriented discussions on how to scale up institutional investment that delivers local and regional social, economic and environmental impact. This builds on research undertaken by The Good Economy, The Impact Investing Institute and Pensions for Purpose in the report: 'Scaling up institutional investment for place-based impact', published in May 2021.

The forum operates on a quarterly cycle of:

  • All-stakeholder events, consisting of a keynote presentation followed by small group breakout discussions.
  • Peer-to-peer meetings for pension funds and other asset owners to share experiences, discuss challenges and learn from each other.
  • Morning coffee/afternoon tea discussions relevant to this agenda.
  • Training opportunities.
  • Newsletters, signposting relevant updates, content and events.

Forthcoming PBIIF events are shown opposite, along with the most recent relevant content.

You are also able to search content on our platform using the ‘Place-based impact’ tag – see applicable articles on this important agenda here - and a calendar of all Pensions for Purpose hosted events is available here.


"Pensions for Purpose have their finger on the pulse of investment seeking to make a contribution to society." Delegate, all-stakeholder event.

"The forum facilitates discussion between a wide range ot stakeholders leading to implementation of place based investment." Delegate, all-stakeholder event.

"The forum is packed with values aligned impact innovators." Delegate, all-stakeholder event.

"I attended my first Pensions for Purpose session today. The subject was 'heat networks' in the UK - an area I wasn't familiar with. It was an excellent educational session with the correct speakers...I felt comfortable to ask questions and we had the option of being on camera or not - most recent webinars that option has not been available for the participants. Will be looking out for the next event eagerly." Delegate, asset-owner event.

What is Place-Based Impact Investing? 

Investments made with the intention to yield appropriate risk-adjusted financial returns as well as positive local impact, with a focus on addressing the needs of specific places to enhance local economic resilience, prosperity and sustainable development.

Place Based Impact Investing brings together places and investors around five ‘pillars’, underpinned by a solid social and financial rationale for investing:

We recommend five areas for action to scale up PBII:

How to join

Individuals from a Pensions for Purpose member organisation can join forums to share and debate topics of mutual interest. To enquire about membership or if you are an existing member seeking to join this forum, please contact our Membership Manager, Stephen Darlington.


Membership of the forum is free of charge, although there are sponsorship opportunities for those wishing to lead on this important debate, including:

  • Sponsorship of the forum: £9,900 per annum plus VAT. Multiple sponsors permitted. Sponsor’s logo and a link to their website will appear on the main forum page and in every quarterly newsletter. Sponsor can act as a moderator in the breakout room discussions. Sponsor will be invited to write a comment in the quarterly newsletter..
  • Sponsorship of online afternoon teas/morning coffees: £5,500 plus VAT per session. Sponsor’s logo will appear on the event invitation. Social media to advertise the event (subject to sponsor's media preferences). Opportunity for two speakers to frame the discussion. Pensions for Purpose will introduce the session and moderate Q&A..

Discounts are available for Premium Members - for more information on premium membership please contact our Membership Manager, Stephen Darlington.

Please note that sponsorship is payable in advance. For more information on opportunities within PBIIF, please email the Forum Lead, Martin Pattinson.

People and Events
8 November 2023 — Place-Based Impact Investing Forum online all-stakeholder…

Place-based in practice: a real-life example from Greater Manchester Pension Fund and introducing the new PBII Network.

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19 October 2023 – Place-Based Impact Investing and Paris Alignment Forum…

Natural capital solutions for UK nature restoration and climate resilience.

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7 June 2023 - Place-Based Impact Investing Forum online all-stakeholder…

Hear about their innovative strategies for working together to impact Cornwall.

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22 February 2023 – Place-Based Impact Investing Forum all-stakeholder online…

An update on, and discussion about, the government’s levelling up agenda with Joanne Donnelly, Head of Pensions at the LGA.

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1 February 2023 – Post-event brochure – Pensions for Purpose Annual Stakeholder…

To discover more about the speakers, sponsors and winning organisations, read our brochure.

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U for Underserved communities – A-Z of impact investing

Read our A-Z definitions to stay up to date with impact investment terminology.

Q3 2023 member update - Pensions for Purpose's new community – video

Watch our latest fireside chat to learn how our forums sparked debate this quarter and find out about our exciting plans to launch a new community in December.

The Cornwall local impact portfolio takes shape – Cameron Turner

This blog sets out a case study of the Cornwall local impact portfolio and how collaboration between Cornwall and Brunel Pension Partnership helped create their impact sleeve.

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Water scarcity: sustainable investors address a growing scourge – AllianceBernstein

As demand for water solutions grows, equity investors will find opportunities in companies that help quench the thirst of parched communities around the world with innovative solutions.

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What does good look like? – The Good Economy

Residential Secure Income plc 2022 Impact Report provides best-in-class example.