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social impact and financial returns

Impact Investing

Impact investments are designed to provide both a measurable social and financial return. Impact investing aligns an investor’s social and philanthropic values with their portfolio. The demand for executive level impact investing talent and expertise is increasing quickly, and Korn Ferry expects this growth to continue to soar in coming years. Yet, these roles can be extremely difficult to fill and develop, given their multi-disciplinary and evolving nature; many impact investing roles are new roles within organizations. It’s a rapidly growing and exciting field and one Korn Ferry is proud to support with human capital solutions.

  • Impact investing grew to $6.57 trillion in 2014.
  • Fund managers raised $2.8 billion for impact investments in 2013.
  • The number of money managers offering impact investment products has surged 155% in the last five years.
  • Half of investors report they want their personal values reflected in their investment decisions, with both financial and social benchmarks.

Uniquely complex challenges.

Our recent Impact Investing Human Capital Survey found there are unique features of impact investing positions, leadership scope, and talent management. These include:

  • The numerous, diverse, and cultural dynamics at play during a search
  • The challenge of multidimensional alignment
  • Too many responses to open
  • Compensation challenges and trends

A leadership gap.

The need for leadership within the field is clear and rising. Executives must bring an astute blend of strong business acumen, philanthropic and investment experience, and the interpersonal and personal savvy to influence and interact with boards, investors, donors, and staff across cultures and geographies. Because the field marries investing skills, strategy, and passion, there is a high need for leaders and managers with deep agility and management experience. With Baby Boomers retiring, investor’s desire to leave a socially responsible legacy is prominent as an entire generation makes the biggest wealth transfer in history. The demand for investment opportunities and top management leaves organizations with the task of drilling down on the precise leadership profiles needed for success. With limited time and resources—and a priority focus on mission—organizations turn to Korn Ferry to assist with their critical human capital needs.

Your partner for leadership solutions.

Korn Ferry’s Impact Investing team partners with organizations to provide leadership solutions. We are the only global executive search and leadership consulting firm that offers a focused service team that draws upon our vast expertise in nonprofit, social enterprise, philanthropy, financial services, energy, education, health care, real estate, technology, public-private partnerships, CEO, boards, leadership development, and succession. We have dedicated practice areas in each of these sectors. The professionals and experts across the firm work with our Impact Investing team to provide the tailored services and guidance each client needs.

Our team works closely with client organizations around the globe to help them define leadership requirements and conduct executive searches for talent that will most closely fit the organization’s unique mission. We provide leadership development and succession solutions to ensure continued leadership success. Korn Ferry partners with boards, CEOs, and executive teams to create successful solutions for accelerated success.

We are passionate about our clients’ missions and look forward to helping you achieve yours.

Human Capital: The Most Important Asset Class

Roles and Functions:

  • CEO, President, Executive Director
  • Board
  • Chief Investment Officer
  • Chief Risk Officer
  • COO
  • CFO
  • Investor Relations
  • Strategy Director
  • Economist
  • Impact Measurement Professional
  • Fund Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Program Officer
  • Regional Leader
  • Analyst


  • Financial Services
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Strategic Philanthropy
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Venture Philanthropy
  • Environmental, Social and Governance
  • Family Offices
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