Democratise Impact Investing — Part 2: The How

How do we widen access to impact investing, and share the benefits?

Published: October 4, 2018

There are four areas that could deliver greater democratisation of impact investing. It assumes that you’re already convinced by Part 1: Democratising Impact Investing – The What and Why.

Improved Access

Provide the opportunity for more people to access impact investment products. 

At the moment, the opportunity for people to express their values through the way they invest is not open to everyone. They might be restricted by high minimum investment thresholds, or investment managers’ licence conditions or the prohibitive costs of investing. Here are two ways these barriers could be addressed.


A form of democratising impact investment would be to ensure that a wider group of people influence investment decisions and decisions about the projects and assets that are funded by the investment. This could include intentionally supporting options that match their values and ensuring a wider group of people ultimately derive both financial and shared social and environmental benefits.


Tell more people to invest for impact, whether through our opportunities or others.

Political Activism

Change the conditions of the market, so that (assuming rationality!) more people invest for impact.

We Want Your Input

This is intended as a conversation starter. However, it is coming from just one party, so your voice is missing. We appreciate the people who wrote back to our first piece on the what and why (and we’ve updated the page with a selection of the points that were raised).

We really want to hear from:

One reader, Zach Tung, a Project Manager for an organisation in the UK called Social Investment Business, has replied with a very thoughtful response, and identified a couple of factors we’d missed:

So please pass this on to anyone who you think would be interested or pick a part of this and just ask your friends what they think.


[1] Given the majority of most Australians’ financial investments are held in superannuation portfolios, it is likely that direct retail funds would serve a relatively wealthy population.