“BlueOrchard has been a pioneer throughout its existence, and we are determined to continue to be at the forefront of developments in the industry as we believe this will enable us to have a greater impact in emerging markets. Gender, diversity, and inclusion are central to our work, and we look forward to playing an active role within the Collaborative and promoting the “mainstreaming” of investments with a gender perspective,” said Maria Teresa Zappia, Chief Impact and Blended Finance Officer and Deputy CEO at BlueOrchard.
Jessica Espinoza, CEO at 2X Collaborative is looking forward to a fruitful collaboration and comments: “The 2X Collaborative is thrilled to welcome BlueOrchard among its members. BlueOrchard’s leadership in gender lens investing sends a strong signal to the market and highlights the important role impact investment managers play in expanding gender-smart strategies across the financial mainstream.”
The 2X Collaborative is new global industry body that convenes the entire spectrum of investors to promote gender lens investing. It is designed to serve investors making their first gender-focused investment as well as investors at the frontier of the field. 2XCollaborative initiatives like the 2X Gender and Climate Finance Taskforce will drive gender-smart investing in thematic areas.
In the context of inclusive finance, gender lens investing has a multiplier effect, as women’s economic empowerment has significant positive impacts on their families, communities, and society at large. BlueOrchard is therefore actively engaged in financing women entrepreneurs and promoting gender equality through the funds it manages, gender-lens investment strategies, and technical assistance (TA) capacity-building programs. Across all of BlueOrchard’s strategies, the proportion of female end clients is around 80% (as of December 2021). In addition, BlueOrchard promotes women’s inclusion through dedicated strategies, including a women’s empowerment strategy, a climate insurance strategy, and a Covid-19 MSMEs support strategy, all of which fall under the criteria of the 2X Challenge.
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About BlueOrchard Finance Ltd
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 9bn across more than 90 countries. Around 230 million poor and vulnerable people in emerging and frontier markets received access to financial and related services with the support of BlueOrchard as of December 2021. For additional information, please visit: www.blueorchard.com.
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