26 June 2024 – The measurement of impact

Asset owner event.

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All investors and companies create positive and negative effects on society and the environment. Impact investors intend to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

Credible, comparable and relevant data are needed to inform investment decisions on the basis of impact. How do you translate your impact intentions into impact results?

We were delighted to be joined by the GIIN who have created a framework to help asset owners, asset managers and consultants to integrate analysis of impact into investment decisions alongside risk and return.

David Richmond from the GIIN lead the introductory presentation and was joined for a panel discussion with:

  • Sarah Forster from The Good Economy (TGE), that specialise in impact measurement and management, and have done pioneering work with, among others, the Greater Manchester Pension Fund.
  • Piet Klop from PGGM, a not-for-profit cooperative pension fund service provider. They manage pension assets worth €245bn for 4.3 million participants. PGGM are pioneers in sustainable investing and have developed systems to measure impact.

Who was this event for?

This session was open to anyone involved in the governance of assets and pension funds such as trustees of corporate defined benefit plans, trustees of corporate defined contribution plans; master trusts; LGPS pensions managers and committee members, in-house pension teams and independent investment advisers. 

Speakers' biographies

David Richmond, Director of Product Strategy, the GIIN

David Richmond serves as the Director of Product Strategy for the GIIN’s IRIS+ and IMM team, managing the evolution of sustainable, outcomes-focused infrastructure for impact data across the industry, through deep engagement with partners and stakeholders. 

David’s diverse activities before joining GIIN included marketing and product roles for several B2B SaaS ventures, technical writing and editing for clients in the impact investing industry and outside. He also contributedto a five-year effort to build a small social enterprise in Kenya to manufacture bassoon reeds, which built on a decade of experience as a professional orchestral bassoonist in Boston and Southwest Florida. 

David holds a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard College with highest honours in Music and a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from the Rice University Shepherd School of Music. 

Sarah Forster, CEO and Co-Founder, The Good Economy

Sarah Forster is CEO and co-Founder of TGE, a leading, independent, social impact advisory firm, whose work aligns withand also influences global best practice.  

Sarah brings 25 years’ experience in the fields of sustainable development, finance and impact measurement and management. She combines a strong knowledge of public and private sector development policy issues with hands-on experience in convening effective partnerships between government, business, financial and social sector organisations. In 2017, she was recognised as one of the UK's leadingwomen in social enterprise. 

Sarah started her career in international development working for Afghanaid. From 1992 to 2001, she worked for the World Bank, where she led the design of large-scale poverty alleviation investment projects in Africa, South Asia and the Balkans, with a focus on microfinance and community-led development, particularly in post-conflict countries. 

Prior to establishing TGE, Sarah held senior positions at the New Economics Foundation and Big Issue Invest and was the senior technical advisor to DFID’s Impact Programme which was instrumental in catalysing the impact investing market globally. 

Piet Klop, Head of Responsible Investment, PGGM

Piet Klop leads PGGM’s responsible investment team, which is driving ESG integration, running its active ownership program and expanding its sustainable development investments, including the measurement of real-world impact. Prior to joining PGGM Investments in 2011, Piet was a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute in Washington DC and held senior positions at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the private sector.  

As water resources expert
, he worked at the World Bank and United Nations. Piet holds master's degrees in water resources managementfrom Wageningen University, and Applied Environmental Economics from the University of London.


Richard Giles, Senior Director and Community Lead, Pensions for Purpose

Richard is a Senior Director at Pensions for Purpose and responsible for working with our Community Partners, setting our strategic themes and hosting events for all the members of our network.  

Richard has over 30 years’ experience of working in the pension industry as an adviser, senior executive, board member and trustee. He has a portfolio of board roles in finance, education and culminating in looking after the planet.