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Exits, with impact

A new report from the Global Impact Investing Network offers guidance for those who want to make sure their investments keep having an impact after they cash out.

Based on a survey of 33 investors, advisors, and social enterprises covering the lifetime of their investments, GIIN provides some answers for impact investors:

  • Pre-investment: Look for investments that embed impact in the business model or the path to financial success. Invest where founders are committed to the impact mission.
  • At the time of investment: Structure capital — whether private equity, debt or an alternative — to set up an exit that’s well understood. Be sure you and the business are aligned on impact. Make sure impact is included in the documentation.
  • During investment: Create governance, employment and supply policies that allow positive impact.
  • At the time of exit: Choose a time to exit that allows a company continued access to resources and success. Select follow-on investors who understand and will support the impact model and a path to growth.

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