In order for the new economy to work, investors need new ways to easily find businesses, markets, and funds that are making a difference. Making this process more accessible is ImpactAssets — a nonprofit dedicated to democratizing impact investing.
ImpactAssets publishes the ImpactAssets 50 (IA 50) — the only free public, searchable database of outstanding impact investing fund managers. The resource includes a range of funds across the globe, spanning diverse issue areas and investment, with demonstrated and compelling social and environmental impact. Fund managers included in the IA 50 2015 manage a combined $15.5 billion in assets devoted to creating measurable, positive impact.
This year will mark the fourth time that Ecotrust Forest Management (EFM) has been included in IA50, which is available online as a resource for fund managers.
“EFM is honored to be named among the 50 best impact investment fund managers in the world for the fourth year running,” says Bettina von Hagen, CEO of Ecotrust Forest Management. “In the midst of climate change we are providing carbon sequestration and providing cool, clear water through our forest management and restoration practices – and demonstrating that an alternative approach can be financially competitive, while at the same time beneficial to ecosystems and rural communities.”
EFM was formed in 2004 as a for-profit subsidiary of Ecotrust to demonstrate an alternate approach to forest management in the Pacific Northwest, one that delivers timber, wildlife habitat, clean water, carbon sequestration, and local jobs. Specializing in the acquisition and management of forestland properties with unique social and environmental value, EFM currently manages more than 28,000 acres of forestland in Oregon and Washington.
The IA 50 selection committee is chaired by ImpactAssets’ Chief Impact Strategist, Jed Emerson, and includes experts from The CAPROCK Group, Blue Haven, Toniic, UBS, and other leading impact investors.