What are intentions?
Our intentions express a commitment to act in a certain way. They are derived from our values and motivations and inform our impact and financial goals.
- Values: One’s judgement of what is important; principles or standards of behavior.
- Motivation for impact: A motivating force, stimulus or influence
- Impact intention: A determination to act in a certain way
- Impact goals: The end towards which effort is directed
Intentions can range from broad commitments – “I want to avoid harm” or “I want to mitigate risk” or “I want to have a positive effect on the world” – to more detailed objectives – “I want to support a speciﬁc group of people, place, outcome” or “I want to address a specific social or environmental challenge”.
There are a range of intentions for managing impact, which can be loosely grouped into four broad types. Each type relates to different performance across the five dimensions.
Don’t miss the investor-specific section of Goals to see how different types of intention translate into the goals of investments.