Norms | five Dimensions of ImpactA shared logic for managing impacts on people and the planet
What is impact?
Impact is a change in an outcome caused by an organization. An impact can be positive or negative, intended or unintended.
An outcome is the level of well-being experienced by a group of people, or the condition of the natural environment, as a result of an event or action.
Impact management is the process of identifying the positive and negative impacts that an enterprise has on people and the planet, and then reducing the negative and increasing the positive.
Five dimensions of impact
Impacts of enterprises on people and the planet can be understood across five dimensions.
Investors consider whether their efforts resulted in outcomes that were likely better than what would have occurred otherwise, which is related to but distinct from the contribution of the enterprises in which they invest. Investor contribution becomes a ‘sixth dimension’ of impact for investors.