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Private Markets Impact Reporting Falls Short

Impact performance reporting must provide greater clarity and completeness to help asset owners to accurately assess the positive impacts of their private markets investments, according to new research by impact verification specialist BlueMark. A lack of widely-accepted guidelines or reporting standards has resulted in heterogenous approaches, making it more difficult for current and prospective investors to understand and interpret impact results, said the report, funded by The Rockefeller Foundation and the Tipping Point Fund on Impact Investing. An analysis of impact reports from 31 private markets general partners found that (87%) included a description of the fund’s impact objectives and 76% align these objectives to industry frameworks such as UN SDGs, but only 36% included specific quantified targets.

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