Shifting power, redefining risk, and advancing justice: A model for investors to advance racial equity – ImpactAlpha – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Over 100 million people in America live in economic insecurity, which includes half of all people of color. 

As we become a more racially diverse nation, we face, without a dramatic intervention, an economic future of increased instability and an increasingly fractured society. Racial gaps in income and wealth cost the US economy $2.3 trillion in 2018 alone.  

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, these numbers are only going to increase if we continue holding equitable outcomes hostage to ideological arguments that mean nothing to people struggling to make ends meet.

The murder of George Floyd and countless other Black people by police led to people of color and their allies taking to the streets and no longer accepting racism and structural oppression as the status quo. These trends have, in turn, forced investors to take a hard look at their own practices and consider the role they play in systemic economic inequities across our society. 

To support these efforts and encourage standardization in racial equity investment strategies, the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), in partnership with PolicyLink and CapEQ, co-created a framework for racially equitable investing. 

Equity is defined as just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.

The shorthand for the framework’s three goals: “Shifting power, redefining risk and advancing justice.” 

These strategic goals apply to all investors – not just those focused on ESG integration or impact investing strategies. Why? In order to address systemic inequities, all investments need to hav


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