Bridges Insights is our not-for-profit field-building arm. It works to build the market for sustainable and impact investing through proprietary research, knowledge-sharing and sector-wide collaborations.
Bridges Insights is currently hosting the Impact Management Project, an initiative that has brought together over 2,000 organisations from across the global value chain to agree on shared fundamentals for how we measure, manage and report on impacts on people and the natural environment.
The IMP has now moved into an even more ambitious phase: developing a set of management processes, reporting standards and benchmarks for impact.
To achieve this, it is co-ordinating the IMP Structured Network – an unprecedented collaboration between 15 of the world’s leading standard-setters. Through their specific and complementary expertise, these organisations are aiming to provide comprehensive standards and guidance for impact measurement, assessment and reporting.
Through this facilitated work, Structured Network Members are able to exchange knowledge, identify opportunities for synergy and coordination of content – and where it makes sense for Members, co-create content. In turn, this content can support enterprises and investors to develop more complete impact measurement, management and reporting practices.
The IMP+ACT Alliance
From August 2018 to August 2021, Bridges Insights supported the facilitation of the IMP+ACT Alliance, a technology initiative for the public good. The IMP+ACT Alliance, which was funded by the City of London Corporation, Deutsche Bank and UNDP SDG Impact, focused on building the market for sustainable and impact investing through knowledge-sharing and sector-wide collaborations among investment practitioners.
Together with over 150 organisations, the IMP+ACT Alliance developed the IMP+ACT Classification System (ICS), a free self-assessment and reporting tool for investors wanting to integrate impact into their investment decisions, investment practice and performance analysis.
In May 2021, the IP and Code for the ICS was donated to the field and is available on Github (MIT licence; search for ICS-codebase) to enable investment practitioners and data providers to seamlessly integrate and multiplicate the classification process into their own solutions.
Following the successful roll-out to over 300 practitioners, in July 2021 the management of the platform was transferred to the GIIN, to further expand its reach through connection with the GIIN’s IRIS+ system. This collaboration supports Bridges Insights’ field-building ambition to drive further harmonisation and consolidation of IMM systems and increase the scale and effectiveness of the global impact investing market.
Proprietary research & knowledge-sharing
We produce a small number of publications each year, on topics where we think we can help support the growth of sustainable and impact investing.
Previous examples include a case study of how Skopos Impact Fund developed its impact management framework; a look at the future for outcomes contracts in the UK; and an analysis of the investment case for B Corporations.
More than Measurement
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