Season 3 Episode 4:
Impact with Karen Shackleton

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In this week’s episode, we speak to Karen Shackleton, founder of Pensions for Purpose and Independent Investment Adviser and NED on impact investing. We cover Karen’s background and journey to setting up Pensions for Purpose, the growth she sees in impact investing when speaking with asset owners and asset managers, and the possibilities for the future.

Karen explains more in her blog 'Environmental, social, governance (ESG) and the spectrum of capital'.

We discuss: 

  • Karen’s journey of aligning her career with impact investing.

  • The 'elevator pitch' she would give on impact investing to someone new to the area, and the advice that she would give.

  • What Karen thinks the investing industry has got wrong historically, and where things need to change.

  • Specific frameworks or standards that she thinks are particularly helpful in this area, and what work (academic or otherwise) has been particularly influential on the way she thinks about impact.

  • What new developments and initiatives Karen is excited about or would like to see in the next few years.

  • Some of the interesting conversations Karen has had with investors, and asset managers.

One thing to take away

Stay open minded when it comes to impact investing, don’t assume it means you have to sacrifice returns. 

The most underappreciated thing about investing

The importance of really understanding what you are investing in. 


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