Operating Principles for Impact Management

What is impact investing?


Impact investing can be defined as “investments made into companies or organizations with the intent to contribute to measurable positive social or environmental impact, alongside financial returns.”

On April 12, 2019, the Operating Principles for Impact Management were launched at the World Bank Group/IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C.  The initiative to develop these principles was led by IFC in consultation with leading impact asset managers and asset owners, drawing on their expertise and experience. The Impact Principles provide a framework for investors to ensure that impact considerations are purposefully integrated throughout the investment life cycle.

By providing greater discipline and transparency in impact investing, IFC and the other Signatories seek to foster increased mobilization of capital for impact. As the number of Signatories continues to grow, these asset managers, asset owners, Multilateral Development Banks and Development Finance Institutions have become a collaborative community, working together to shape the future of impact investing.


Celebrating One Year of the Operating Principles for Impact Management 

On April 12, 2020, we celebrate the anniversary of the launch. The total number of Signatories has grown to 93 during this first year. Please join us in this virtual celebration and recognition of the organizations that have signed since the launch. In the videos below*, we recognize the new Signatories, and Members of the Advisory Board celebrate the anniversary and discuss the importance of the Impact Principles as this market grows. 

* Quona Capital became the 93rd Signatory after the video was released.




Since the first anniversary of the launch of the Impact Principles, we are pleased to welcome the following organizations as Signatories:

  1. Turk Ventures Advisory Limited
  2. BMO Financial Group
  3. GEF Capital Partners Latam
  4. Deetken Impact Sustainable Energy


See the full list of Signatories to the Principles:

  1. Actis
  2. Acumen Capital Partners
  3. Adenia Partners
  4. Albright Capital Management LLC
  5. AlphaMundi Group
  6. Amundi
  7. AXA Investment Managers
  8. Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO)
  9. Big Society Capital
  10. BlackRock, Inc.
  11. Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital
  12. BlueOrchard Finance
  13. BMO Financial Group
  14. BNP Paribas Asset Management
  15. Calvert Impact Capital
  16. Capria Ventures
  17. Cardano Development (ILX Fund and TCX)
  18. CDC Group
  19. CDP – Cassa Depositi e Prestiti
  20. Christian Super
  22. Community Investment Management (CIM)
  23. Cordiant Capital
  24. Credit Suisse
  25. Deetken Impact Sustainable Energy
  26. DEG – Deutsche Entwicklungsund Investitionsgesellschaft mbH
  27. Denham International Power GPLP SCSp
  28. Developing World Markets
  29. Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)
  30. Development Partners International LLP
  31. DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
  32. Earth Capital
  33. Egyptian-American Enterprise Fund
  34. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  35. European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI)
  36. The European Investment Bank (EIB)
  37. Finance in Motion
  38. FinDev Canada
  39. Finnfund
  40. Flat World Partners
  41. FMO – the Netherlands Development Finance Company
  42. Foundation Corporation Holdings
  43. Franklin Templeton Social Infrastructure Fund
  44. FullCycle
  45. GEF Capital Partners Latam
  46. IDB Invest, Member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group
  47. IFC
  48. IFC Asset Management Company (AMC)
  49. IFU – Investment Fund for Developing Countries
  50. Impact Bridge S.A
  51. Incofin Investment Management
  52. INOKS Capital SA
  53. Investing for Development SICAV
  54. Investisseurs & Partenaires – I&P
  55. Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD, Member of IsDB Group)
  56. Japan International Cooperation Agency
  57. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
  58. LeapFrog Investments
  59. LGT Lightstone Europe LLP
  60. LGT Venture Philanthropy Foundation
  61. MicroVest Capital Management
  62. Mirova
  63. Mountain Nazca
  64. Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
  65. Norfund
  66. Neuberger Berman
  67. Nuveen, a TIAA Company
  68. Obviam
  69. Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG (OeEB)
  70. Partners Group
  71. Phatisa Group Limited
  72. Proparco
  73. Prorsum Capital 
  74. Prudential Financial, Inc., Impact Investments Group
  75. The Private Infrastructure Development Group Ltd. (PIDG)
  76. Quona Capital
  77. responsAbility Investments
  78. Sarona Asset Management Inc.
  79. SEAF
  80. STOA Infra & Energy
  81. Swedfund
  82. Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM)
  83. Symbiotics S.A.
  84. The Osiris Group
  85. The Rise Fund
  86. The Rock Creek Group
  87. TriLinc Global, LLC
  88. Trill Impact AB
  89. Triple Jump
  90. Turk Ventures Advisory Limited
  91. UBS Group
  92. UOB Venture Management Private Limited
  93. U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) (formerly OPIC)
  94. VentureWave Capital Ltd.
  95. Water.org
  96. WaterEquity
  97. Zurich Insurance Group