Huffington Post: Impact Investing Would Improve Budgets and Lives

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It’s confronting to consider that in a prosperous nation such as Australia, nearly three million people, including 730,000 children, live below the poverty line.

Or that in a country which prides itself on its sporting prowess and outdoor lifestyle, about 11.2 million Australian adults — 64 percent — are overweight or obese.

There are plenty of big social and economic challenges — including homelessness, inequality and indigenous disadvantage — that challenge our way of life and our quality of life.

And while budgets are getting tighter, these problems aren’t going anywhere.

That’s why it’s more important than ever to think laterally and find ways to fund solutions to these urgent challenges. Because while governments can’t always solve these problems alone, they can make it easier for others to pitch in.

One approach gaining attention and support among businesses and NGOs is impact investing. It’s a way for businesses to do well and do good at the same time, with investments which generate not only a financial return, but a positive, measurable social or environmental impact as well.