Impact Investing in China: A New Triple Bottom Line

Impact investing—investing to create quantifiable positive social and environmental change along with a financial return—is not easy in China. Many companies lack management dedicated to impact investing programs and a strategic plan. However, the China Vanke group, the largest residential real estate developer in mainland China, is one example of a successful model of a responsible Chinese corporation through impact investing. The company has worked with the World Wide Fund for Nature to conserve forests, sponsored a local Shanghai environmental organization, and invested in non-profits in China that create social and environmental values through impact investing. Confucianism grounds the country’s culture in a long history of attitudes to enhance social harmony. Putting those cultural values into measurable strategic contributions by corporations is the next step toward a Chinese triple bottom line. 

John Howell, Editorial Director