Impact Investing: Harnessing Capital Markets to Solve Societal Problems – The Centre for Independent Studies

Impact Investing: Harnessing Capital Markets to Solve Societal Problems

Since the Global Financial Crisis, there has been a pronounced loss of faith in the free market economy.

This has been coupled with increasing dissatisfaction over government moves for higher taxes to be gouged from both individuals and business — and then wasted on poorly-judged social programs and infrastructure projects.

With the risk and return matrix and reputation hazards to corporations and financial institutions following the GFC, capital markets are becoming increasingly attracted to social impact investing.

Josephine will speak on Impact investing, or social impact investing, which she believes, offers opportunities for investors with a commitment to social responsibility to invest in solutions to fix entrenched societal problems for both financial and social returns. Josephine will also highlight how successful impact investing is offering solutions to problems such as overcrowded social housing and employment programs for at-risk populations by harnessing the speed and efficiency of capital markets preventing wasteful government spending.

Josephine Cashman is a Worimi entrepreneur from New South Wales. She is a lawyer, businesswoman and social entrepreneur and sits on the Board of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and is the Deputy Chair of Gadigal Information Services. She is also the founder of the Big River Impact Foundation, Big River Impact Investments Pty Ltd and Riverview Global Partners Pty Ltd.

Josephine recently addressed the United Nation’s full Human Rights Council on violence against Indigenous women and is widely acknowledged for her social advocacy work.


Event Details:

When: Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Where: The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street SYDNEY NSW 2000

Time: 5.30 pm for a 5.45 pm start. The event will conclude by 7 pm

Cost: Registrations for this event are free. To secure your place please book on Eventbrite, at or call (02) 9438 4377.

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Limited parking is available within the building complex. Online pre-bookings are essential to secure a car spot and discounted parking rate. Please visit the Secure Parking website, select the car park at 131 Macquarie Street and enter the promotion code: CIS10 when making your booking. If you are travelling by train, Martin Place and Circular Quay are the nearest stations to our office, with Wynyard a few minutes further away.