- Close to 150 decision makers from around the world representing global institutions, academia as well as the public and private sector attended the two-day event in Swiss mountains
- Impact investing provides solutions to some of the most pressing issues globally
- Participants agreed on devising concrete solutions and mobilizing capital to protect planet and people
BlueOrchard hosted this year’s BlueOrchard Impact Summit with the focus topic “There is no Planet B” to discuss how investments can tackle climate change, reduce inequalities, and serve the growing world population. Key industry experts and thought leaders such as the Youth Climate Activist Selina Leem, Tadashi Maeda, Chairman of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Peter Harrison, CEO at the Schroders Group and Peter A. Fanconi, Chairman at BlueOrchard, gave keynote speeches, addressing the most pressing challenges of our times.
The event provided a platform for a constructive, open and in particular solution driven dialogue amongst the leaders of the public and private sector. 17 renowned speakers, including, Catherine Cax from the Soros Economic Development Fund, Momina Aijazuddin from the International Finance Corporation (the private sector arm of the World Bank), Tomas Sedláček, philosopher and economist, René Benko from SIGNA Group, and David Allemann co-founder of sportswear company On, discussed the topics of climate change adaptation and mitigation, inequality, and circular economy – sharing their expertise, experience and strategies. Additionally, EPFL start-ups presented their innovative, ground-breaking ideas to sustainably transform their respective sector. In a field trip to the famous Diavolezza glacier, ETH glaciologist Dr. Felix Keller demonstrated the beauty but also fragility of nature and his ambitious project to save glaciers around the world.
In his introductory speech, Peter A. Fanconi, BlueOrchard’s Chairman said: “After a Covid-related break, we are particularly delighted to unite the leading experts in the impact investing scene again this year. BlueOrchard has been contributing to solving some of our planet’s most pressing issues for more than 20 years now. I am convinced that we will greatly accelerate our progress in this duty with this intersectional gathering.”
“The Summit demonstrated once again that impact investing is making an effective contribution to tackling global challenges. In the area of climate change adaptation and just transition, we can offer concrete, investable solutions thanks to the innovation potential of entrepreneurs and the support of investors. We are proud that this year’s event will once again mobilize capital to empower people and protect our planet.”, as Philipp Mueller, CEO of BlueOrchard, closed the two-day event.
The aim of the BlueOrchard Summit 2022 was to derive actions from the promises made in the past. With this in mind, the participants agreed to leverage the powerful community in order to foster and support those who take actions against the climate and humanitarian crises of the planet. Global entrepreneurs shared how to consciously drive business opportunities towards sustainable entrepreneurship in a circular economy. The participants agreed on the beneficial partnership of public and private sector stakeholders and discussed opportunities to utilize public funds effectively to unlock private capital. Both sectors play a crucial role in climate mitigation and in shaping adaptation measures. The resulting positive outcomes and economic progress will have to be measured in order to reach the goal of a more human economy.
The Summit made an important contribution to accelerating the protection of our planet as there is no greater return on investment that creating a better future for this and new generations. For more information on the Summit, please visit: https://www.blueorchard.com/impactsummit2022/
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BlueOrchard is a leading global impact investment manager and member of the Schroders Group. As a pioneering impact investor, the firm is dedicated to generating lasting positive impact for communities and the environment, while aiming at providing attractive returns to investors. BlueOrchard was founded in 2001, by initiative of the UN, as the first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments worldwide. Today, the firm offers impact investment solutions across asset classes, connecting millions of entrepreneurs in emerging and frontier markets with investors with the aim to make impact investment solutions accessible to all and to advance the conscious use of capital. Being a professional investment manager and expert in innovative blended finance mandates, BlueOrchard has a sophisticated international investor base and is a trusted partner of leading global development finance institutions. To date, BlueOrchard has invested over USD 9,8bn across more than 105 countries. 255 million underserved individuals and MSMEs in emerging and frontier markets received access to financial and related services with the support of BlueOrchard as of June 2022. For additional information, please visit: www.blueorchard.com.
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