Impact Investment and the Sustainable Development Goals: Embedding field-level frames in organisational practice

Erin I-Ping Castellas, Jarrod Ormiston

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This chapter aims to understand whether and how impact investment, a novel approach to financing social and sustainable entrepreneurship, is aligned with, and contributing to, the sustainable development goals (SDGs). We theorise the SDGs as a ‘field-level frame’, a cultural template guiding social and environmental change. We analyse performance data of impact investors both in Australia and globally and map this impact data to the 17 SDGs. We find that impact investors are engaging with language consistent with the SDGs a possible field-level frame to guide impact strategy and measurement. To date, impact investors measure social outcomes more frequently than environmental outcomes; this may be explained, in part, by our analysis that reveals some SDGs create greater points of leverage to generate layers of impact across SDGs. This chapter explains how impact investors are engaging with the pursuit of the SDG agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntrepreneurship and Sustainable Development Goals
EditorsNikolaos Apostolopoulos, Haya Al-Dajani, Diane Holt, Paul Jones, Robert Newbery
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78756-375-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-78756-376-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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