Ecotrust Forest Management, one of Ecotrust’s for-profit subsidiaries, has been selected for the ImpactAssets 50 2012 — an open-source, publicly published database of experienced private debt and equity impact investment fund managers. The ImpactAssets 50 2012 is a resource for advisors and investors seeking to respond to the growing demand for investment opportunities that deliver both financial and social or environmental returns, and is now available here.
This annually updated list is a gateway into the world of impact investing for investors and their wealth advisors, offering an easy way to identify experienced impact investment firms and explore potential investment options. The IA 50 is intended to illustrate the breadth of impact investment fund managers operating today; the IA 50 2012 represents $10.2 billion of capital invested across geographies, sectors, asset classes , and impact areas such as community development, microfinance , and clean technology.
A selection committee chaired by ImpactAssets’ Chief Strategist, Jed Emerson, and comprised of industry experts, selects firms according to a set of criteria developed to ensure that the list includes a diverse set of firms . To be included, firms must: have more than three years of experience in the impact investing field; invest through private debt or equity; and a demonstrated commitment to social and environmental impact at the portfolio level and corporate responsibility at the firm level.
“EFM is honored to be named among the 50 best impact investment fund managers in the world. We are committed to demonstrating an alternative approach to managing forests in the region — one that can be financially competitive, while at the same time beneficial to the health and resilience of ecosystems and rural communities,” says Bettina von Hagen, CEO of Ecotrust Forest Management.