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Understand the impact investing conversation by knowing these frequently used terms.

When it comes to the world of 'impact', the terminology includes many terms which may mean different things to different people. Here you will find key terms and concepts in the impact economy language and landscape that often come up in relation to investments, social responsibility models, impact management, and more. This glossary attempts to clarify the similarities and differences in language usage among a number of impact-focused disciplines that often interact.


At its core, the concept of ‘impact economy’ is built on a holistic theory of how we create, exchange and distribute ‘value’, and also recognizes the necessary interdependence of social, natural, human, manufactured, and financial capitals in generating wealth and wellbeing.

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