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Ronald Cohen: “I think our world is heading to making investment decisions based on risk, return and impact”

Ronald Cohen discusses the future of socially responsible investing with Lauren Almeida
Ronald Cohen: “I think our world is heading to making investment decisions based on risk, return and impact”

Sir Ronald Cohen is described as the ‘father of British venture capital’, having co-founded Apax Partners in 1972.  For nearly twenty years he has pioneered initiatives in the world of impact investing, including the Social Impact Investment Taskforce created during the UK’s presidency of the G8.  

In this interview, Sir Ronald explains how the environmental and social impact of companies can be quantified - and even laid bare in their financial statements. Are impact-weighted accounts the future for socially responsible investing?

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