Business & Society Series: Impact Investing
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Impact investments create social benefits and provide acceptable financial returns. While growing in popularity, expectations for how impact investments are designed, what financial instruments are employed, and how projects are structured vary widely among impact investors themselves as well as those seeking impact investments in their businesses, projects or start-ups. Over a decade of experience has produced many lessons about success, questions about ‘best practices’, and insights about the challenges to expanding impact investing and creating an investable pipeline of projects.
Some of the questions that will be explored throughout this DC-based course include:
- What is impact investing?
- What are the different forms of impact investing?
- What is the experience of impact investments firms?
- What is the experience of development finance institutions?
- What are the different ways impact investments are structured?
Other related issues that will be covered include impact investing analysis, blockchain, ESG, and metrics. The course will integrate theory and practice of impact investing and provide students with an opportunity to engage experts from various DC-based institutions including but not limited to the IFC, World Bank, Quantified Ventures, Y Analytics and the International Development Finance Corporation.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Understand and identify the range of approaches used by impact investors and across the globe.
- Understand, identify and investigate different financial instruments and techniques used to fund social enterprises, NGOs and other similar organizations. Students will be able to evaluate these instruments and techniques on the basis of their suitability for different markets and social impact opportunities.
- Delve into the current trends in the field and identify and distinguish the key players in the impact investing ecosystem.
- Understand the fundamentals and key elements of designing social impact projects with measurable indicators for social impact.
- Evaluate projects on the basis of their compatibility with different financial instruments approaches and make informed recommendations on the merits to impact investments.
- Build networks to include leading practitioners in the field.
This course is an open enrollment course for all graduate students via GWSB Registration.
*The STAP application and deadline does not apply to this course.
Online Pre-Program Dates
January 21, February 4 & 18, and March 11, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm (EDT)
Washington, DC Program Dates
March 15-18, 2023 9:00am - 4:00pm (EDT)
John J. Forrer is Director of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility (ICR), as well as Research Professor at the School of Business and Associate Faculty at the School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. He manages the activities of ICR and currently leads projects on corporate governance, conflict-free chocolate, the better world learning community, re-imagining sustainable supply chain governance, and sugar, obesity and corporate responsibility.
He has written extensively on multisector collaborations for governance—public private partnerships, governance networks, and global governance enterprises—and the role business plays in making such collaborations effective. His most recent publications include Global Governance Enterprises: Creating Multisector Collaborations (Routledge, November 2016), The Role of Business in Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, September 2016), “The PACO Index,” in Business Horizons (59:5, 533-538, September–October 2016), “Business and Peace in the Buffer Condition,” in the Academy of Management Perspectives (29:4, 438-450, November 2015), “Managing Cross-Sector Collaboration,” in The Public Manager (December 2014), Governing Cross-Sector Collaboration, (Jossey-Bass, August 2014) and “Business Practices and Peace in Post-Conflict Zones: Lessons from Cyprus,” in Business Ethics: A European Review (23:2, 154-168, April 2014).
Readings and assignments will be available on Blackboard. Business casual attire requested for virtual guest speakers unless otherwise noted. Attendance in all sessions is required.
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For this program students will be charged GW tuition for 3 credits for the spring 2023 semester.
This program is administered by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.
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