The Rhodes Must Fall movement accused the University of Cape Town of having blood on its hands for investing in the mining company Lonmin.
Universities have the power to transform society not just through how they operate their campuses, but also through how they invest their endowments and pensions funds.
Impact investing emerged in 2007 out of global discussions on how to mobilise more capital to tackle societal problems.
Impact investments are designed to achieve a measurable social or environmental – as well as financial – return.
Impact investing is a growing phenomenon but many mainstream investors are wary of it.
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The World Economic Forum reports there is widespread confusion regarding what impact investing promises and what it ultimately delivers. Some estimate it is a market worth between US$450 billion and US$650…