PRESS RELEASE:  Sustaintable Development Goals – Impact Theme Framework

TONIIC SDG IMPACT THEME FRAMEWORK RELEASED
Aligns Impact Investments with UN Sustainable Development Goals

March 15, 2017 – New Orleans, LA – Toniic Institute, the global action community for impact investors, today released the first version of the Toniic SDG Impact Theme Framework at the Confluence Philanthropy 7th Annual Practitioners Gathering in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Framework links 11 macro impact investing themes, and 55 subthemes, to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The goal of the framework, the development of which Toniic will curate as a public good, is to allow impact investors to align their investments with the SDGs and thereby find greater alignment and synergy in global investment opportunities.

The SDGs are a set of seventeen inter-related aspirational goals for the planet approved by the United Nations in 2015 that bring together developing and developed world and public and private sector opportunities.  They contain 169 targets for sustainable development of the planet to be achieved by 2030.  These include ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests.

“The SDGs are proving to be a potent rallying point for the entire sustainability ecosystem,” said Jed Emerson, Senior Fellow of Toniic Institute.  “From inception, the SDGs were conceived as requiring public/private cooperation.  Aligning the private capital of impact investment with government action will greatly accelerate achievement of the goals.”

“Toniic members are increasingly targeted in their impact investing,” said Adam Bendell, CEO of Toniic Institute.  “We created the Toniic SDG Impact Theme Framework to better link Toniic members to relevant investment opportunities, and with other members working for the same goals.  We found broad interest in the community to use the framework, so we made it open source in hopes of accelerating impact opportunities more broadly, and more quickly.”

The Framework was created by Toniic members, and improved by external editors.  Toniic invites continued input from the impact investing community and expect to evolve the framework over time.

“We see great interest among Confluence Philanthropy members in the SDGs as a unifying framework,” said Dana Lanza, CEO of Confluence Philanthropy.  “We are delighted that Toniic chose our signature annual gathering to release this simple but important contribution to the field.”

An overview of the Toniic SDG Impact Theme Framework is available on the Toniic website at toniic.com/sdg-framework.  Also available are the full framework, including Theories of Change for each subtheme.

Toniic plans to use the Toniic SDG Impact Theme Framework in the next update of its T100 project, a longitudinal study of the portfolios of investors who have committed to move 100% into impact.  The next report in the series, on the role of advisors in the impact investing journey, is expected later this year.

About Toniic and T100

Toniic is the global action community for impact investors.  Toniic’s 160 members represent more than 360 impact investors from 22 countries who share a vision of a global financial system creating positive social and environmental impact. Toniic’s mission is to empower impact investors.

More than half of Toniic members are also members of the Toniic 100% Impact Network, each of whom have committed to move an entire investment portfolio from less than $2 million to more than $300 million into 100% impact investments.  This represents a total commitment of close to $4 billion.

The T100 Project is a longitudinal study of the portfolios of some of those investors.  It reveals new insights about the various paths towards and feasibility of 100% impact investing.  The T100 project includes periodic reports, issue briefs, videos and podcasts, and the Toniic Diirectory, a peer-sourced directory of over 1,000 impact investments across all asset classes. For more information, visit www.toniic.com/T100 or write us at T100@toniic.com.