In practice, such opportunities are emerging in most parts of the world, across nearly all asset classes, and at many different levels of risk and return. A standard impact investment structure today will invest in enterprises that provide self-sustaining solutions to social problems, such as access to clean water, improved health care, or the provision of clean energy. Investing in these organizations provides a direct and significant impact for those in poverty, and in many cases also offers a
Ernst von Kimakowitz was delighted to have been asked to join forces with Credit Suisse and the
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship by contributing a piece jointly written with Julia Balandina Jaquier on growth ambitions and growth inherent risks for social businesses. Investing for Impact is the result of a partnership between the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Credit Suisse and was launched as Credit Suisse's flagship contribution to the 2012 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.