Impact Investor Offers Four Steps to Getting Started in Social Impact Investing

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In response to an article published by FOX Business, Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, offers 4 steps to get involved in social impact investing.

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, offers four steps to getting started in social impact investing.

According to the February 18 article published by FOX Business titled “How to Start Social Impact Investing,” more people are expressing interest in social impact investments in order to “make a measurable positive social or environmental return.”

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) reports that the impact investing market is currently estimated to be between $30 and $50 billion. It is also projected to grow anywhere from $500 bill to $1 trillion over the next ten years.

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, discusses four steps that are needed to be taken in order to get involved with social impact investing.

  •     Find your cause. “What’s great about social impact investing is that it allows investors to fund movements and causes that they are profoundly passionate about,” says van den Bossche. “Charter schools, renewable energy, and agriculture are just a small fraction of the social investments that can be made.”
  •     Practice due diligence. “Those who are interested should definitely filter out their options and decide where and how much they want to invest,” urges van den Bossche. “It’s vital that the proper research is done before money is invested.”
  •     Assess risks. “No matter what kind of investment, whether it be for social impact or otherwise, is associated with some form of risk,” says van den Bossche. “It is crucial that all pros and cons are weighed before getting started in the social impact investing industry to avoid any risk occurrence.”
  •     Pick an investment type. “Once the proper research is done, investors should take some serious time surveying what type of investment they’d like to get involved with: traditional loans, grants, etc.,” says van den Bossche. “It’s important to move forward with the type of investment that best compliments the cause you’re looking to impact.”

Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.


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