An article published on August 27, 2015 in The Economic Times describes “the first global analysis of the financial performance of private equity and venture capital investing funds, covering data from 1998-2010.” The analysis — Introducing the Impact Investing Benchmark 2015 — was conducted by Cambridge Associates, a US-based investment advisory, and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), a non-profit impact advocacy.
The impact funds (51 funds with total fund assets of $6.4 billion) in the study have posted a net internal rate of return (IRR) of 6.9% as of June 30, 2014 as against 8.1% for a comparative universe of nonimpact investment funds (705 funds with total fund assets of $293 billion.)
It’s even better for ’emerging market’ impact funds. They have returned 9.1% to investors compared with 4.8% for ‘developed market’ impact investment funds.”
You may read the article on The Economic Times internet site.