Social Finance and Impact Investing

28 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2012

Date Written: October 11, 2012


Social finance and impact investing are relatively new terms in the banking sector that are still a niche but growing rapidly. In this paper we will explain the meaning of social finance, social banking, impact investment and microfinance. Furthermore we will present examples of successful institutions in this field. At the end of the paper we will give an outlook on the future development and opportunities for banks to integrate the concept into their business.

Keywords: social finance, impact investing, microfinance, social banking

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Weber, Olaf, Social Finance and Impact Investing (October 11, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Olaf Weber (Contact Author)

University of Waterloo ( email )

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

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