Ecotrust Forest Management named top impact investment fund
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Ecotrust Forest Management was named to the ImpactAssets 50 list of the most prominent impact investors.
A panel of experts named Ecotrust Forest Management to its annual list of experienced private debt and equity impact investment fund managers.
The ImpactAssets 50 was compiled by selecting firms with more than three years of experience in impact investing — a term for investing money in socially and environmentally responsible ventures — and a commitment to corporate responsibility. The full list represents $10.2 billion of capital invested in areas including community development, microfinance and clean technology.
Bettina von Hagen, CEO of Ecotrust Forest Management said being named to the list was an honor.
“We are committed to demonstrating an alternative approach to managing forests in the region — one that can be financially competitive, while at the same time beneficial to the health and resilience of ecosystems and rural communities,” Von Hagen said in a statement.
Ecotrust Forest Management was created by the nonprofit Ecotrust in 2004 and manages 13,000 acres of forestland in Oregon and Washington on behalf of investors. The fund practices sustainable forest management and in 2010 struck a milestone deal to sell forest carbon credits to a private equity fund.
Craft3, a Northwest-based impact investment fund with offices in Portland and Astoria, was also named to the ImpactAssets 50 list.
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