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60dB Impact Due Diligence, Explained

We're excited to share our 60dB Due Diligence solution – built to make pre-investment impact measurement simple, fast and affordable.

Having worked hand-in-hand for many years with hundreds of impact investors around the world (not to mention our humble beginnings as a spin out project from Acumen), we’re all too familiar with how challenging it can be for impact investors to attain trustworthy and comparable social performance data across a portfolio, while constrained by limited time and resources.

In response, we’re excited to share our 60dB Due Diligence solution – built to make pre-investment impact measurement simple, fast and affordable.

Common pain points we’ve seen impact investors face

  • A lack of benchmarks to assess impact performance in a competitive market
  • Ability to compare alignment of investee’s impact against a fund’s impact thesis
  • Limited time and budget to conduct due diligence
  • Difficulty in sourcing trustworthy and comparable impact data to make an informed decision before investing in social businesses 
  • A need for tailored metrics and a customized approach adapted to specific organizational needs

The 60dB solution

  • Access to benchmarked impact data directly from customers, anywhere in the world, that’s comparable across your portfolio
  • An end-to-end impact diligence product, at a price that works, with results in a matter of weeks. 
  • A due diligence score including performance against standard industry metrics (+ two metrics chosen by you)

How we do it

Our network of trained Research Assistants conduct phone interviews with a randomized sample of your investees’ clients in their local language – we work in 80+ countries and 195+ languages.

What we take care of:

  • Survey design + translation
  • Notifying your clients before calling to maximize trust
  • Conducting 100+ phone interviews per investee company
  • Data analysis to calculate your investees’ impact score 
  • Delivery of your benchmarked results

Core components of a 60dB Due Diligence study

  • Sample – 100+ interviews per investee company
  • Method – 5-10 minutes phone surveys using our trained local in-country Research Assistants 
  • Questions – 9 impact metrics:
    • Social inclusivity 
    • Gender inclusivity 
    • Quality of life (impact depth) 
    • Net Promoter Score (customer satisfaction)
    • Challenges faced (impact risk)
    • First access & alternative availability (contribution to impact)
    • 2 tailored metrics chosen by you 
  • Duration – 4-6 weeks from submission of customer contacts and submission of onboarding form 

What you get

A two-page report that is easily insertable in an investment memo – including a detailed performance table, plus aggregate results to provide an accurate portfolio level impact picture. 

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