Key Milestones for GIIRS Ratings and Analytics: 15 Commitments from New GIIRS
GIIRS is a ratings and analytics platform for impact investing that provides comparable and verified social and environmental performance data on high impact funds and companies seeking investment capital.
Today at the B Lab announced today two important milestones
for GIIRS Ratings & Analytics at the Investors Circle Fall Venture Fair
(GIIRS, pronounced "gears," stands for Global Impact Investing Rating
System). Fifteen investment funds have committed to GIIRS ratings, representing
over $550 million in new capital targeting the world’s most inspiring
entrepreneurs across developed, emerging, and frontier markets. They join
twenty-five previously-announced funds, bringing to forty the total number of
GIIRS Pioneer Funds. Today, GIIRS is also releasing the first set of GIIRS Fund
Impact Ratings for its original Pioneer Funds and Companies.
A key obstacle for entrepreneurs seeking capital to grow
businesses that address social or environmental problems is to rigorously
demonstrate their impact in a way that moves beyond anecdotes and inspires
investor confidence. GIIRS Impact Ratings make available for the first time a
comprehensive, comparable, and third party verified assessment of companies’
and funds’ social and environmental impact. GIIRS Ratings & Analytics was
launched in September at the Clinton Global Initiative, following a successful
global beta test with the first 25 GIIRS Pioneer Funds
(http://www.giirs.org/for-funds/pioneer). More than 200 companies from these
leading impact investing funds across 30 countries tested the GIIRS rating
platform during the beta test.
The 15 new GIIRS Pioneer Funds represent a diverse range of
investment vehicles that address the critical financing needs of entrepreneurs
globally, ranging from early-stage equity to long-term debt funding. They
include: Adobe Social Mezzanine Fund I LP, Bellwether Microfinance Fund,
Catalyst Microfinance Investors, Greenmont Capital II, IIP India Health Fund I,
India Financial Inclusion Fund, InReturn I, Investeco Sustainable Food Fund,
L.P., Mergence I, Paradox Fund, Próspero Microfinanzas Fund, SJF III,
SocialAlpha-Bastion, Vox Impact Investing Fund I, and WillowTree Fund. These
GIIRS Pioneer Funds recognize that scaling the impact investing industry
requires improved capital markets infrastructure, including generally accepted
standards for defining, measuring, and comparing positive social and
GIIRS will continue to announce additional GIIRS Pioneer
Funds in the coming months. GIIRS is also issuing the first Company and Fund
Impact Ratings this month. Nine Pioneer Funds and 50 Companies have completed
the rigorous GIIRS Ratings process and in doing so set themselves apart as bold
leaders in the impact investing field, embracing common performance standards,
increased transparency and accountability, and comprehensive impact assessment.
In the coming months, the remainder of the original 25 Pioneer Funds and 200
Companies will complete the rating process. Ratings information will be
available from rated companies and funds directly, and to subscribers of GIIRS
Analytics, which is set to launch at the end of 2011.
“GIIRS Ratings & Analytics is inspired by a chorus of
voices calling for capitalism to create long term value for both society and
shareholders,” said Andrew Kassoy, co-founder with Jay Coen Gilbert and Bart
Houlahan of B Lab, the non-profit organization developing GIIRS. “By providing
greater market transparency, GIIRS will help to unlock hundreds of billions of
dollars of sidelined investment capital to flow to the world’s most innovative
entrepreneurs, who are addressing social and environmental challenges using the
power of business.”
With the support of the GIIRS Pioneers, in five years GIIRS
aims to provide Impact Ratings for more than 2,500 companies and over 350
funds, and to provide over 150 institutional and high net worth investors with
the ability to benchmark social and environmental impact for the first time the
same way financial performance is benchmarked today. By providing credible,
comparable and verified impact ratings and creating a powerful analytics
platform, GIIRS provides the needed capital markets infrastructure to drive $1
trillion toward impact investments in 10 years.
About B Lab and GIIRS
B Lab is a US-based nonprofit dedicated to building a new sector of the economy that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. In pursuit of this vision, B Lab focuses on (i) developing the Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS), a rating system that links private investment capital with for-profit social enterprises, (ii) establishing social and environmental performance standards for certifying B Corporations, and (iii) promoting a new corporate form for profit-based companies providing a public benefit. As of September 2011, there are over 450 Certified B Corporations from over 50 industries, representing a diverse multi-billion marketplace. For more information, visit http://www.bcorporation.net.
GIIRS is a comprehensive and transparent system for assessing the social and environmental impact of developed and emerging market companies and funds with a ratings and analytics approach analogous to Morningstar investment rankings and Capital IQ financial analytics. It seeks to spark the impact investment movement by providing a tool that is intended to change investor behavior and unlock the potential of this new asset class. GIIRS Ratings & Analytics will allow entrepreneurs, companies, and fund managers to better serve their customers, workers, and communities by raising capital from mission-aligned investors based on the social and environmental impact of their underlying businesses or portfolio companies. For more information, visit http://www.giirs.org/.
GIIRS Pioneer Funds:
Adobe Social Mezzanine Fund I, LP -Adobe Capital
Bellwether Microfinance Fund -Caspian Capital Partners
Catalyst Microfinance Investors - Catalyst Microfinance Investors
Greenmont Capital II - Greenmont Capital IIP
India Health Fund I - Impact Investment Partners
India Financial Inclusion Fund - Caspian Capital Partners
InReturn I - InReturn East Africa Fund
Investeco Sustainable Food Fund, L.P. - Investeco Capital
Mergence I - Mergence Paradox Fund
Vox Capital Próspero Microfinanzas Fund
Grassroots Capital and Bolivian Investment Management (BIM)
SJF Ventures III - SJF Ventures
SocialAlpha-Bastion - AlphaMundi
Vox Impact Investing Fund I - Vox Capital
WillowTree Impact Investors - Willow Impact Investors
Funds that have Completed the Ratings Process: Congratulations to the first nine funds that have completed the ratings process!
PCC 09 - SustainVC
CAREEC - E + Co
RSF Mez - RSF Capital Management, Inc.
Good Capital I - Good Capital, LLC
Renewal 2 - Renewal 2
Satori Capital 2009, L.P. - Satori Capital
SJF Ventures II - SJF Ventures
Impact Ventures II - City Light Capital
Ignia Fund I - IGNIA Partners LLC
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