Acronym soup never looked good on the menu

It’s no secret that there are a lot of acronyms in impact. We try to avoid using them whenever possible. But because it’s difficult to do much reading in this space without encountering a slew of abbreviations, we prepared this little lookup chart. If you find yourself stumped on a series of letters that you find yourself frequently bumping into (and our impact sloth forgot about it), drop us a line.

Impact acronyms

A glossary of acronyms commonly used in the world of 'impact' and 'impact investing'

id Abbreviation Stands For Significance fulltext
2 DFI Development Finance Institution
10 SDS Sustainability disclosure standard
1 GSSSB Green, social, sustainable, and sustainability-linked bonds Wide definition capturing both non-PFS and use-of-proceeds sustainability themed bonds Wide definition capturing both non-PFS and use-of-proceeds sustainability themed bonds
3 ESG Environmental, Social and Governance An investment approach described by a set of sustainability metrics that are commonly used to assess companies' overall sustainability performance An investment approach described by a set of sustainability metrics that are commonly used to assess companies' overall sustainability performance
4 EMDE Emerging Markets and Developing Economies Less-developed nations Less-developed nations
5 SIB Social impact bond A type of impact bond in which the outcomes payer is typically a local government body or agency A type of impact bond in which the outcomes payer is typically a local government body or agency
6 DIB Development impact bond A variant of impact bond in which the outcomes payer / commissioner is commonly an entity not based in the same country as the other parties to the arrangement. Commonly, the outcomes payer might be a multilateral development body A variant of impact bond in which the outcomes payer / commissioner is commonly an entity not based in the same country as the other parties to the arrangement. Commonly, the outcomes payer might be a multilateral development body
7 SDG Sustainable development goal Set of planetary objectives with a 2030 deadline Set of planetary objectives with a 2030 deadline
8 SME Small and medium sized enterprises Small business units Small business units
9 SPTs Specific performance targets SPTs are commonly used in sustainability-linked debt to mean roughly the same thing as a 'KPI' in traditional finance. Ie, they're a sustainability target - often the one that the rate of interest is linked to SPTs are commonly used in sustainability-linked debt to mean roughly the same thing as a 'KPI' in traditional finance. Ie, they're a sustainability target - often the one that the rate of interest is linked to
id Abbreviation Stands For Significance fulltext
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