The EVPA have launched the Charter of Investors for Impact at their 15th Annual Conference. The anniversary was marked by the launch ‘15 Years of Impact – Taking Stock and Looking Ahead’ which identifies different impact strategies and introduces the Charter of Investors for Impact, a living document consisting of ten driving principles distinguishing the DNA of investors for impact.
Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands received the first copy and spoke with the founders of EVPA about their initiative to start the association to foster and strengthen philanthropy. She also spoke with organisations and institutions that together make up the landscape for capital providers. According to the EVPA, ‘As the impact ecosystem is booming and both investing with impact and sustainable and responsible investing are becoming mainstream, investors for impact should be bolder in describing their contribution to the space, despite the smaller amount of resources available to gain recognition among all stakeholders.’
The document was co-developed with EVPA members, practitioners and experts. It presents the strengths and challenges of the capital providers in the social impact ecosystem: social impact funds and foundations, social investment crowdfunding platforms, corporate social investors, banks and the public sector. After investigating these actors, the researchers identified 10 important principles that can help the sector to move forward in the coming years. These collectively form the Charter and show the DNA of this growing sector; Investors for Impact Take risks that most others are not prepared to take, put the final beneficiary at the centre of the solution and always apply the highest ethical standards.
‘We are a broad church. The landscape for venture philanthropy and social investment is changed dramatically over the past 15 years. We are happy that so many of the members of the start of our association are still with us here. I hope that we all make new connections to tackle the complicating issues the world faces today’, says Steven Serneels, EVPA CEO.
Over 750 participants attended this year and exchanged ideas, experience and knowledge in 100 workshops, labs and thematic sessions. Alliance magazine’s Andrew Milner was also in attendance and will be sharing his reflections in next week’s Alliance extra. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive all the coverage from this year’s conference.