The Church Commissioners for England (CCfE) manage an £8.7bn investment portfolio to support the mission of the Church of England, which has incorporated responsible investment practices, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis, for many years.
The CCfE have become increasingly interested in how their portfolio can deliver positive social or environmental impacts – especially as this increasingly aligns with their fiduciary duty to deliver a sustainable financial return. To formalise an approach that could systematically improve the real-world outcomes across the portfolio, the CCfE have taken the first steps to create an impact investment framework, consulting with beneficiaries, investment managers, peer investors, and industry bodies.The CCfE concludes that impact investment and assessment should not be seen as a revolutionary approach, but a complement to existing responsible investment practices. However, developing robust measurement of the exact outcomes generated by investments is now essential to enable investors to understand how and where to allocate capital effectively to deliver their intended financial and non-financial impacts.
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