Our global economy remains stalled at a critical juncture. Well-known social and environmental threats have been ignored in favor of a short-sighted economic system. The negative side effects are piling up – runaway climate change, natural resource depletion, increasing inequality, diminishing social safety nets and a widening gap between rich and poor.
The remedy is a more inclusive market economy, one that serves people and the planet, not just shareholders. To help get there the Banking for Impact Working group aims to create a common impact measurement and valuation approach tailored to banks. We are working on a robust, scalable and cost-effective method for the quantification, valuation, attribution and aggregation of impacts for the sector. With support from the financial industry, the goal is to scale up and standardize these efforts over time.