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Achieving social impact and financial returns with impact investing

A researcher working on a plant to be cloned in a tissue culture lab. Providing funding for R&D of products or markets aimed at improving global health could be considered impact investing.

THE term "impact investing" was coined by the Rockefeller Foundation around 2008. Its presence on the Internet - as a proxy for public awareness - has grown from zero to over 72 million "hits" in eight years since (Google Trends, September 2014). Impact investing is a frequently featured topic