A number of sustainable investment firms have been ahead of the curve
in embedding transparency in their practices. In 2009, for example, Green Century Capital Management became the first US-based
mutual fund to disclose its own carbon footprint. Several other firms have since followed suit.
As attention to fixed-income sustainable investment strategies increases, it is heartening
to find that Community Capital Management (CCM), a Florida-based fixed-income
investment adviser, has joined the trend toward improved transparency by publishing its first
annual impact report. The report “provides an added layer of transparency by detailing the use of
proceeds and providing a full understanding of the programs being financed,” CCM states.
Since CCM's inception in 1999, the firm has invested more than $6 billion in community
development investment initiatives throughout the US. In October, SocialFunds.com reported that CCM
has committed to investing up to $200 million in low- and moderate-income communities over a
one-year period, as part of a Clinton Global Initiative commitment. CCM's impact report further
describes the investments and community development impacts that it developed in 2013.
Overall, CCM invested $750 million in community development initiatives during the year:
$150 million in statewide homeownership and down payment assistance programs;
mortgages for low- and moderate-income borrowers;
$43 million in job creation and small
$20 million in economic development;
23,000 affordable rental housing
$500,000 in affordable healthcare facilities.
"CCM takes a leadership role
in creating and identifying fixed income impact investments that are responsive to community
development needs and that are not routinely provided by conventional capital markets," said
Barbara VanScoy, chief impact investment officer at CCM. "We created this report to provide
investors more detail on our impact metrics along with an update on new and progressive community
development initiatives in the fixed income impact investing space.”