Two years after launching the Pymwymic Investment Cooperative, we are ready to share our practices of measuring and managing impact.

How to define and measure impact is an ongoing topic of discussion. As with any growing industry, the field of impact investing is debating terminology, defining methods and developing standards. As the industry is moving from niche to mainstream, it requires scale, and scale requires standards.

Heated debates, extensive desktop research and simply building experience with day-to-day work, has brought us to the methods, standards and frameworks which we use today. We know how the conventional investment industry works, so we use that and we build on its standards. The question then is: how do we use the same rigour, level of professionalism and data-driven approach for impact as we do for finance?

As one of our objectives is to support the development of the impact investing industry, we wish to share what we have learnt so far. We hope our practical experience will add to the collective knowledge, contributing to the development of new industry standards and help really make the leap towards a more sustainable way of investing.

In this report, we invite you to join us on our journey in developing and refining our impact methodology. We will take you through the following key elements:

  1. Impact of the Pymwymic Ecosystem;
  2. How we maximise impact in our portfolio companies;
  3. How we anchor impact in our portfolio companies;
  4. The impact performance of our portfolio companies in 2018.

“Developing a Theory of Change with Pymwymic led to more clarity in what we want to achieve and actually had us shift our resources to products which had far more impact than we initially realised.” – Willem-Jan Meulemeesters, CEO Ceradis

We certainly do not want to claim that we have the all the answers. We can however provide you with our answers this far – and hope it helps you define your own. 

To read the report click here