Cedric Lombard (Switzerland )
Founder and General Manager - Impact Finance Management S.A.
Impact Investing: From Beliefs To Proofs
Impact Investing lies at the crossroad of different challenges that the finance will have to face sooner or later: responsibility, transparency, externalities, decorrelation... From a simplistic and reductive paradigm only taking into account risk and return, Impact investing has to build a case for considering investments in a broader context. The design of a new paradigm will require innovative approach and acknowledge the inherent complexity of things, the time perspective and the interrelation within the value chains. Microfinance has been a great catalyst in demonstrating the way, but it has based its success on allegations of impact but no proofs. The growing number of cases of collapse show the way towards a greater responsibility of those claiming impact to prove what they claim.