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Module 11

Investor Contribution

Module Overview

When we invest for impact, are we aligning our portfolios with our values, changing the world, or both?

This module focuses on Investor Contribution. In Module 9, we considered what outcomes stakeholders would have experienced in an enterprise’s absence. In this module, we will consider what outcomes stakeholders would have experienced in the absence of the investor.

As with Enterprise Contribution, assessing Investor Contribution involves counterfactual analysis. This is another frontier topic in impact management for which best practices are still emerging. We will use the Investor Contribution strategies identified by the Impact Management Project as a starting point for thinking about how to build Investor Contribution into an impact rating. To keep track of some of the latest developments in this area, see ‘Industry research’ in the ‘Additional resources’ section below.

Key Concepts: Investor-level Scenario Analysis, IMP Investor Contribution Strategies

Investor Contribution involves counterfactuals at the investor, enterprise, and stakeholder outcome levels. The strategy we introduced in Module 9 can help us think through this multi-layered analysis.

Building an Impact Rating: Investor Contribution

Investors can, but do not always, influence stakeholder outcomes through their capital allocation and engagement. The Investor Contribution dimension of an impact rating takes stock of whether or not an investment is likely to do so. 

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