Berit Ashla, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Lindsay Beck, NPX
Jim Bunch, Goldman Sachs
Eric Hallstein, The Nature Conservancy
Will Fitzpatrick, Omidyar Network
Jason Scott, Encourage Capital
Moderator: Suz Mac Cormac, Morrison & Foerster
This session will cover the strategies and opportunities available to different types of investors focused on environmental, social and governance factors – from venture and private equity funds who identify impact as a way to enhance financial returns to foundations and “impact first” investment vehicles. We will provide guidance on the promotion of impact through the use of traditional and new debt and equity instruments, including green bonds, social impact bonds, convertible debt and SAFEs. We will also review the increasing use of PRIs and MRIs by foundations and tax exempt organizations as well as new “impact securities” that can be issued by non-profits. Finally, we will examine how all of these investment instruments and strategies can be employed by both social enterprises and more “mainstream” public and private companies that emphasize impact to better reflect founder values and attract investors, customers, and talent in an increasingly competitive environment.