March 7, 2024

MicroVest Releases Framework Guide: A Case Study Documenting the Development of MicroVest’s Pyramid of Intentionality

Foreword: In May 2023, MicroVest began the process of designing and developing its new Impact Framework, MicroVest’s Pyramid of Intentionality (PI), which is detailed in this Framework Guide. The initiative was undertaken to evolve our systems and processes for assessing, managing, measuring, and reporting on impact across all current and future funds.

Building and operationalizing a new Impact Framework is a process that touches on nearly every aspect of an asset manager’s operations. It involves a significant change management component across Executive, Investment, and Risk teams, as well as revisions across core investment processes, data collection, monitoring, and reporting systems.

The development of MicroVest’s PI also coincides with a period of significant evolution in standards, best practices, and tools that seek to enhance investors’ approaches to Impact Measurement & Management (IMM). In researching, analyzing, and selecting the standards with which to align our new Framework’s components, we noticed a gap in the availability of comprehensive guides that clearly delineate the synergies and key differences across various tools, as well as few practical examples demonstrating how and when different investors should apply components of various standards across their investment processes. In publishing this Guide, we seek to contribute one mental map of how one fund manager navigated and designed its Framework in this environment. We also discuss Reflections and Takeaways from this process on page 19 and dive into ideas on how standard setters can further facilitate comprehension and more widespread adoption of IM standards.

We hope that the practical examples documenting our journey to develop MicroVest’s PI gives you one frame of reference for approaching your own IM Systems.

MicroVest’s PI was designed to be iterative in practice, and is expected to evolve year-over-year to incorporate lessons learned and insights gleaned from previous operational periods. As we move forward in our journey, we intend to update this document as new guidelines and standards emerge. We welcome your feedback, thoughts, and suggestions and look forward to hearing from many of you in due course.

Leela Vosko
Director of Impact, MicroVest


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