The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has been home to IRIS – the catalog of generally accepted social and environmental performance metrics used by the majority of impact investors – since its inception, and throughout the years has worked to develop and operate critical impact infrastructure, and educate investors on its use. Realizing that many investors wanted more guidance on how to connect IRIS metrics to their impact goals, the GIIN developed the Navigating Impact project.
The Navigating Impact project provides investment themes through which to explore possible impact approaches. Stakeholders consulted agreed that this approach is consistent with the way an investor thinks about their portfolio, allowing the investor to either take a deep dive into one investment theme (Ex: Affordable Housing), or to look at the probable outcomes within multiple investment themes and assemble a combination of strategies that complement their portfolio goals.
Investment themes include a series of strategies that show different ways investors might frame their impact goals. For example, under the investment theme on Smallholder Agriculture, interested investors can select from strategies like “Improved Access to Training and Information,” “Improved Farm Profitability,” and “Improved Food Security,” among others.
Each strategy includes an overview of the strategy, an evidence map, a core set of metrics that are shown to indicate progress toward that strategy’s objectives, and curated resources that can help measure and manage toward the strategy