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People, planet and profits to drive future investment, say visiting experts

09 Apr 2013

Global capital markets are being reshaped by a wave of investors who believe that they have the power to drive positive social and environmental change while generating a financial return.

Concerned investors are abandoning their largely passive commitment to "socially responsible investment" in favour of a proactive approach known as impact investing which is built around the 'three Ps' of people, planet and profits.

Two of the world's leading experts on impact investing are in Sydney this week as guests of the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and the University of Sydney Business.

Jed Emerson is chief impact strategist at Impact Assets based in the US state of Maryland. He is global pioneer in sustainable finance. William Janeway is an American venture capitalist and a senior advisor at Warburg Pincus.

During the week, both will speak on "Investing to Promote Innovation and Sustainability", following which William Janeway's book 'Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy' will be launched.

'Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy' has been described by the highly respected online review site 'Slate' as "one of the most intelligent, sensible and insightful books about Wall Street published since the financial implosion of 2008".