The size, performance and trends in Australian impact investment

The market is at $5.8b, performance is in line with expectations, and green bonds dominate.

Published: July 30, 2018

We have a new Chief Impact Officer, Dr Erin Castellas. She has more than 15 years’ experience working at the interface between social, environmental and economic outcomes.

Erin built her own sustainability consulting practice leading projects for world’s largest cleantech private equity investor, has worked as a university researcher and lecturer on sustainability measurement and social impact. More about Erin

Here, she passes on her key takeaways from the new The Australian Impact Benchmark Report 2018.


Aggregate Impacts Highlights:

NB: See the ‘themes’ section below: impact definition and measurement is complex, so meaningful aggregation is difficult.

Financial Performance, in aggregate:

In aggregate, assets are largely performing in line with investor expectations.


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The Australian Impact Investment Benchmark Report 2018
Published by The Responsible Investment Association of Australasia.

The report was led by Impact Investment Group’s new Chief Impact Officer, Dr Erin Castellas in her previous role as research fellow at the Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University and co-authored by Suzanne Findlay of Sacred Heart Mission. Erin and Suzanne had previously worked together to co-author the first pilot study ‘Benchmarking Impact 2016’ alongside Rosemary Addis at Impact Investing Australia.

This latest study, Benchmarking Impact 2018, was sponsored by Impact Investment Group and provides an update on how the Australian impact investing market has grown over the past few years and begins to build an evidence base of how impact investments are performing over time, both from a financial and impact perspective.