If investment capital is used purposely, it can become a lever for positive social change. Specifically to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations by 2030, extensive investments are necessary. Therefore, we work toward making sustainable finance and impact investing the new investment standard.
“Impact Investing is not about handing out charity and thus creating new dependencies; it is about making a real, measurable contribution to fighting poverty and inequality or climate change. That this conviction is gaining more and more ground is also due to the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, which for years has emphasized the importance of impact investing and contributed to the growth and strengthening of the community.” – Charly Kleissner, co-founder of Toniic and the KL Felicitas Foundation and impact investor
We foster the professionalization of the national and international ecosystems and connect the growing number of actors driving the transformation of the financial system. Through the Coalition for Impact, we pursue the ambitious vision of mobilizing large-scale capital for the good of mankind and the planet. We have launched this coalition together with the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth, Katapult, Toniic, and Nexus; we coordinate its activities and provide important ideas and inspiration.
In addition, we are a long-term partner of impact investing networks in Europe (European Venture Philanthropy Association, EVPA), Asia (Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, AVPN), Africa (Africa Venture Philanthropy Association, AVPA), and the corresponding network in Latin America (Latimpacto). In Germany we, together with others, have established the Bundesinitiative Impact Investing, a cross-sector platform for impact investing.
We inspire and support potential investors through workshops and publications on topics in the fields of sustainable finance and impact investing – such as, for example, an impact investing handbook designed specifically for German foundations. Finally, we are promoting top-level research on sustainable finance and impact investing in the form of a fellowship at the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zürich.