Oikocredit Canada Survey 2: Investors looking for an easy-to-understand way to invest for social and financial returns
After Oikocredit Canada’s stakeholders stated in their responses to a 2020 survey (Survey 1) that they remain interested in a retail investment product to further Oikocredit’s mission to improve the lives of people living in poverty, Oikocredit Canada returned to these stakeholders to ask which impact investment products appealed the most.
Canadian investors must ensure every investment contributes to a net zero carbon economy starting now. This was the consensus of speakers at the December 2021 Transition Finance Week hosted by the Responsible Investment Association (RIA).
Oikocredit Canada Survey: Investors want to learn more about intentionally investing for social returns alongside financial returns
Oikocredit Canada, with the support of Kindred Credit Union, initiated a survey to understand what Oikocredit stakeholders are looking for in an impact investing product.
At this year’s RIA Conference the S (social) in ESG factors to consider when investing, got as much airtime as the E (environmental) and G (governance). Conference speakers and participants agreed that investors increasingly expect the companies in their portfolios to grow, not just for the sake of growing, but in order to have a positive impact on communities - both people and the planet. But with the barrage of research and data on the impact of investments, how can investors be sure their investments deliver real world outcomes not impact washing?
Resilience was a word that cropped up again and again at the 2021 Oikocredit (OI) AGM and Members’ Meeting. While the OI Capacity Building team credited partners for their resilience in adapting to this year’s pandemic by increasing risk management training, the finance team credited clients with increasing digitization and improving communication. Another facet of resilience also got air time when the US and Canada Support Associations hosted a discussion on diversity equity and inclusion (DEI).
Sara Shoff, Chief Operating Officer of Oikocredit US (OUS), spoke to us about the DEI discussion and how DEI will be central to building resilience for Oikocredit in North America.