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GIIRS: Rating and analytics for impact investing


2012 Social Finance Forum, Workshop: "Getting into GIIRS"

2012 Social Finance Forum, Workshop: "Getting into GIIRS"

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  • More money into the space
  • Repeating image used on 2 additional slides. We have changed the positioning in this presentation away from products and towards services/solutions offered by GIIRS. The graphic on the left is meant to tie the services/solutions with product offerings.We collect data, which leads to us generating ratings, ratings data enables us to provide analytics
  • Shows a depiction of getting a GIIRS rating from taking an assessment to getting a rating
  • Graphic needs to be updated for a current report.


  • 1. You Be the Judge October 23, 2012
  • 2. a 501(c)3 non-profit that supports the world’s leading entrepreneurs using business to solve social and environmental problemsis powered by
  • 3. What are youpassionate about? Diversit y Local
  • 4. What does impactmean to you?
  • 5. What does it mean toinvest with impact? Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. ~The GIIN
  • 6. Ecosystem Entrepreneur s Fund Banks Mangers Impact InvestingInvestors & Investor AdvisorsAssociations Incubators & Exchanges Accelerators
  • 7. The Invisible Hand
  • 8. • Analog = GAAP or IFRS• IRIS is a set of standardized metrics that can be used to describe an organization’s social, environmental, and financial performance
  • 9. GIIRS Ratings & Analytics• Analog = S&P• Ratings, data, research, & analytics• Largest database of social & environmental performance data for private companies• Only ratings product focused on impact investing that is: – Available cross-sector, geography, & company size – Transparent, comprehensive, independent, & verified
  • 10. Why Ratings & Analytics Matter To Companies, Funds, & Investors 1. 3rd Party Validation Data Collection 2. Collecting & verifying impact dataRatings 3. Benchmarking & reporting performance to investors 4. Improving impact performance Analytics 5. Conducting due diligence 6. Fundraising
  • 11. How GIIRS Approaches Measuring Impact• Comprehensive• Comparable• Scalability & Action-Oriented• Leverages 3rd Party Standards• Education & Management Tool• Transparent• Dynamic
  • 12. A Standard Is Only As Good As Its Governance Process … Continue Feedback Collection 2-year cycle New SAC Version Approves Release Changes CurrentVersion = 3.0 Public Private Beta Beta
  • 13. Company Assessment
  • 14. CompanyAssessment
  • 15. Verification: GarbageIn, Garbage Out Background Review Call CheckDocumentation Onsite Review Review
  • 16. Ratings Data CollectionRatings Analytics
  • 17. Analytics Data CollectionRatings Analytics
  • 18. GIIRS in CanadaFunds, Partners, & Companies Investors
  • 19. Water Power Group developscommunity-based & community • Hypothetical:invested, carbon positive small Looking for projecthydro projects under the Ontario financeFeed-In-Tariff program. • Certified B Corporation
  • 20. Puralytics has pioneered an entirely newphotochemical technology for water • Hypothetical:purification. Powered by the sun or Raising series ALEDs, the Puralytics process effectivelydestroys the broadest range ofcontaminants without creating a • Has both a retailhazardous waste disposal problem. and a commercial product
  • 21. You Be the Investor• Which company would you • You are focused on invest in based upon the investing in information in the GIIRS companies that ratings reports? improve the environment & serve• What other information about the poor the company’s impact would be useful for you to have to • You are a financial help you make an first investor investment decision?
  • 22. Capital To Impact Reducing Inequality Providing Impact StrengtheningQuality Jobs Investing Communities Restoring the Environment
  • 23. Please contact Beth Richardson at with questions