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Social Impact Investing

A working party looking at social investing

In 2016, the Government set up an Independent Advisory Group to consider how to make it easier for individuals to invest in line with ‘the things they care about’.  The UK Government has stated: “Given the increasing size of the pensions market, if trustees choose to make even modest allocations to investments that generate both a social and financial return, the effect could be transformative”.  The IAG published its report entitled ‘Growing a culture of social impact investing in the UK’ in November 2017 and the Government responded in June 2018. 

The IFoA identified social impact investment as a potential topic on which they could fulfil their Royal Charter objectives by making an evidence-based contribution to the debate, in the public interest.  This view is based on the relevance of actuaries’ skills and practice areas to the IAG’s recommendations as endorsed by the Government. This work is relevant to both the IFoA's 'Resource and Environment' and 'Investing for Sustainable Growth' Key Policy Priorities.


2019 :

  • Input provided to the IFoA syllabi and core reading on Impact Investment for consideration


  • Webinar to introduce social impact investing and explore the role of actuaries in this growing field on 19 March 2020


Chair Rathi Ravi and Matt Backus
Membership 6
Established 2018

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  • Spaces available

    A panel discussion with investment representatives discussing the impact of investment on climate change and vice versa.

    This event is part of The Road to Glasgow: IFoA’s Sustainability Thought Leadership Series which will provide a platform for prominent contributors so that our members and others can understand the perspectives of a wide range of parties interested in the climate debate.

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    Climate change is one of the greatest risks facing our world today. Addressing it will require multi-faceted solutions. Through this panel session, we will explore the different levers that can be used to meet net-zero targets including climate science and data, government engagement, and mobilising green finance.

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    How governments and societies collectively respond to the climate crisis is increasingly being analysed through the lens of intergenerational fairness. Our expert panel will assess and explore the extent to which inter-generous fairness is being considered in climate policies, the lessons from those countries who are leading the way on fairness and justice in climate interventions, and more.

  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

    Spaces available

    This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.

  • Spaces available

    The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.

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    Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.