JULY 2012

GIIRS is a ratings and analytics platform for impact investing that provides comparable and verified social and environmental performance data on high impact funds and companies seeking investment capital.

Ratings Marketplace Update


246 Companies


103 Companies

In Pipeline

32 Funds


28 Funds

In Pipeline


GIIRS Pioneer Investors


$4 billion

Impact Assets Under Management

Dear Members of the GIIRS Community,

Summer is upon us and we hope you are enjoying the warmer and longer days! The first half of 2012 was a productive one for GIIRS. In addition to an ever-expanding GIIRS marketplace of rated companies funds, we have three new Pioneer Investors and four new partnerships. The new Pioneer Investors include Ghana Venture Capital Trust, Vancity Community Capital and Labrador Ventures. To learn more about our partnerships with Nexii, Village Capital and BRiiX, visit our Partners page.

Other developments include:

  • The release of a revised section of our website that provides in-depth information on the GIIRS methodology, rating process and scoring approach for companies and funds (read more below);

  • Improve Your Score functionality available to all companies that complete the Impact Assessment via our online platform (read more below);

  • We continue to get great feedback on GIIRS Analytics during our private beta with Pioneer Funds and Investors. If you’d like to learn more about GIIRS Analytics, please visit our website.

    As always, thank you for supporting our efforts,

    The GIIRS Team

In-Depth Information about 'How GIIRS Works' at

Consistent with our mission and philosophy to be transparent about how GIIRS operates and our rating process, we are pleased to share with you a new section of the GIIRS website – an online guide to GIIRS. This provides an overview of who we are, what we do, how we do it and why we do it.


The sections include:

  • GIIRS Overview: our history and governance structure

  • GIIRS Company Impact Ratings: details regarding company assessment structure, the rating process, score weightings and star ratings

  • GIIRS Fund Impact Ratings: details regarding fund rating methodology, the rating process, fund manager assessment and investment roll-up

  • Appendices: additional information regarding our privacy, company and fund assessments

New! Improve Your Score Tool Now Online

While rating over 240 companies, we heard from many companies that completing the GIIRS company assessment provided them with information on where they already achieve a high-level of impact and things they could do to improve their impact performance. In order to maximize the Impact Assessment as a learning and improvement tool, the Improve your score functionality is intended to provide resources for companies who want to improve their impact and is now live in the company portal.

Features of the Improve Your Score section include:

  • Pre-loaded, customized feedback reports: All questions from the company’s assessment are listed in ascending order and shows points earned and total points available per question, allowing companies to select which areas they would like to work on to improve their score.

  • Guidance on ease of implementation: Questions are labeled as Easy, Medium or Hard to implement in a one-year timeframe to guide companies in deciding what to work on.

  • Links to downloadable Best Practice Guides: The highlights where a question has a related best practice guide to help companies implement a certain policy or practice.

We will be scheduling webinars for those who are interested in learning more about this tool and will share details in the coming weeks.

Partner News


The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) announced the ANDE Research Initiative, a new program that will support research on the impact of small and growing businesses (SGBs) on poverty through the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bernard van Leer Foundation, and the Multilateral Investment Fund at the Inter-American Development Bank. Proposals for the first round of funding are due July 30, 2012. Click here for more information. ANDE is also pleased to hold its 4th Investment Manager Training, a five day course that covers the entire investment process. It is based largely on actual deals made by ANDE members, and is designed to be highly interactive and participatory. Register here.


The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) launched its Impact Investment Profile Series with published profiles of ten real impact investment deals in the launch of a new resource for the impact investing community. The profiles are contributed by GIIN Investors' Council members and written from the investors' perspective. View the profiles here.


The Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) initiative and the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) announced a data sharing partnership through which social, environmental, and financial performance data from FAST members will be shared with the IRIS initiative. Read the press release here.


The Investors' Circle invites Investors to attend its Virtual Venture Fair in collaboration with Ashoka on Thursday, July 19 at 12pmPT/3pmET. Entrepreneurs looking to raise capital are invited to apply to Investors' Circle - the Call for Applicants deadline is August 3rd. Also, Investors' Circle's Fall 2012 Venture Fair & Forum is scheduled for October 24-25 in New York.


Nexii would like to invite the GIIRS community to respond to its Expression of Interest for intermediary actors as part of its global activities in establishing a Technical Assistance and Transaction Advisory Fund. These intermediaries provide vital support and advisory services to entities listing on social stock exchanges. Nexii is also hosting a series of webinars designed to equip and inform the impact investing community; coming up next, Steve Wright of the Grameen Foundation will be presenting the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) on 23 and 25 July.


The SVX, an impact investing platform that is a strategic initiative of the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, has obtained vital commitments of support from mainstream finance market leaders in Canada, including TMX Group and KPMG Canada. These market leaders have both agreed to a three year commitment of talent, resources, and financial support to the development of the SVX and the Centre. The SVX will be officially launching this fall.

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Upcoming Events:
Come Visit the GIIRS Team at the following Events!


Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting
September 23-25, 2012
New York, NY


ANDE 2012 Annual Conference
September 26-28, 2012
Glen Cove, NY


October 1-4, 2012

San Francisco, CA


SRI Annual Conference
October 2-4, 2012
Mohegan Sun Conference Center, CT


B Corps Champions Retreat
October 3-5, 2012
San Francisco, CA


Investors' Circle Fall Venture Fair & Forum
October 24-25, 2012

New York, NY





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