Sustainable Finance

Hong Kong. Photo by John West

Research Area


  • Globally, there are now US$ 22.89 trillion of assets being professionally managed under responsible investment strategies, an increase of 25% since 2014 (Global Sustainable Investment Review 2016, GSIA)

  • US$ 64 trillion are managed by investment funds that have publicly committed to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. In April 2014 the figure was US$ 45 trillion (UN PRI, April 2016)

  • Impact investors manage nearly US$ 114 billion in impact investing assets (US$ 77 billion in 2015) and have committed a total of US$ 22.1 billion into nearly 8,000 impact investments in 2016 (GIIN, 2017)



Cutting-edge research and quantitative work on sustainable finance is still struggling to become mainstream and is insufficient to keep up with the growth of sustainable assets under management. The IEF will work in collaboration with selected universities, research centers, and financial institutions worldwide to:

  . Map and share information on innovative ways and best practices to fund the impact economy.

  . Promote awareness and understanding of what works and what doesn’t.

  . Facilitate the adoption of innovative financial mechanisms globally.