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The Power of Domestic Impact Investing

10/5/2017

AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Executives Thalia Lankin, Chief Business Development Officer, and Lesyllee White, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Defined Benefit Marketing have written an article on domestic impact investing in the October issue of Benefits Magazine, published by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

According to the article, which cites The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment’s report, 2016 Impact Investing Trends, “the size of the sustainable, responsible, impact investing market has grown from $4.8 trillion in 2012 to $8.1 trillion as of the end of 2016.”

The article explores how investments in products that focus on creating jobs, building affordable housing, and supporting local economic development may help Taft-Hartley and public pension plans achieve competitive returns while also serving other interests of their participants.

“Ms. Lankin and Ms. White document the valuable role that pension plan investments are playing by enhancing the quality of life throughout American society, while having the ability to provide competitive returns for their funds,” said Steve Coyle, HIT’s Chief Executive Officer. “The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust has been doing just that for more than 30 years, creating nearly 80,000 jobs with more than $10.7 billion in investment across close to 500 union-built multifamily projects nationwide.”