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Impact Verification

A powerful tool to hold organizations accountable to their impact claims

Despite growing numbers of companies and investors making public pledges and commitments to contribute to social and environmental goals, there is growing skepticism about the validity of these commitments. A spate of recent media articles have called out the false or misleading nature of the many claims related to net-zero targets or commitments to improve racial and gender diversity, among other themes (broadly referred to as impact-washing or greenwashing). If the private sector is to be taken seriously and rewarded (reputationally and/or financially) for its efforts to help address our planetary challenges, this confidence gap needs to be addressed. Key…
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Sarah Gelfand is one of the impact investing market’s early pioneers. She was a founding Director at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), where she led development of the industry’s leading system for measuring and managing impact (IRIS+). As Managing Director of BlueMark, Sarah co-leads business strategy, business and product ... Read more
 Veronica Olazabal is Chief Impact and Evaluation Officer at The BHP Foundation, President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Her professional background in social investing ranges >15 years and six continents and includes impact management for The Rockefeller ... Read more

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