Trevor Neilson at FORO Forbes Mexico
September 17, 2018

Until recently, impact investing has been the preserve of rich families, philanthropic foundations and a few, often faith-based, institutional investors.
The Global Impact Investing Network reports significant returns for impact investors: “Impact investment funds that raised under $100 million returned a net IRR of 9.5 percent to investors. These funds handily outperformed similar-sized funds in the comparative universe (4.5 percent).”
“The world is going distributed,” says Panos Ninios, True Green’s co-founder and managing partner. “The common goal here is to change the mindset of institutional investors in distributed power generation.”
Just as importantly, the emergence of super-rich, super-smart leaders in the private sector who see the need to contribute to a better world – because they can – is a very positive societal development.
In business, compound interest can be thought of as interest on top of interest — the way that a principal deposit or investment grows exponentially over time as money is reinvested. But in social change, compound interest can be thought of as the exponential, scaled growth of solutions to global problems as money invested in a sustained way.
In a New York Times profile published Friday, Howard Buffett outlined his plans for i(x) Investments, his new investment fund that will look to replicate some of the strategies employed by his billionaire grandfather's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, but with an eye toward more environmentally and energy-friendly investments.
Although his grandfather has traditionally acquired stalwart companies with timeless appeal, Mr. Buffett is taking a decidedly more forward-looking approach. The plan is for the new company, called i(x) Investments, to invest in early-stage and undervalued companies that are working on issues such as clean energy, sustainable agriculture and water scarcity.

“We need to think bigger. We need to embrace the notion that capitalism is one of the most powerful forces on the planet, and if we build and invest in businesses that have an explicit social purpose, we can create sustained change on a scale we've only imagined.”

Trevor Neilson, Co-founder and CEO

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