“It is an honor for us to have been selected for the fourth consecutive year for ImpactAssets 50,” says Peter A. Fanconi, BlueOrchard’s Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board. “BlueOrchard is one of the world’s leading asset management companies, providing microcredits to the world’s working poor. Through more than a decade of investing in microfinance, we have helped contribute to the lives of more than 30 million individuals, helping them to improve their standard of living and that of their families. Being selected again for the IA50 helps us to share our vision with an even bigger audience, giving a hand to those in need while providing financial returns to our investors. In the end, we all work together to build a stronger, more vibrant and more inclusive financial system globally.”
The ImpactAssets 50 is the only free, public, searchable database of outstanding impact investing fund managers. The showcase includes a range of funds across the globe, spanning diverse issue areas and investment, with demonstrated and compelling social and environmental impact. Fund managers included in the IA 50 2014 manage a combined $15.5 billion in assets devoted to creating measurable, positive impact.
The IA 50 selection committee is chaired by ImpactAssets’ Chief Impact Strategist, Jed Emerson, and includes experts from The CAPROCK Group, Labrador Ventures, Toniic, UBS, and other leading impact investors. The IA 50 is not an index or investable platform and does not constitute an offering or recommend specific products. It is a not a replacement for due diligence. In order to be considered for the IA 50 2014, fund managers needed to have at least USD 10 million in assets under management, more than 3 years of experience as a firm with impact investing and documented social and/or environmental impact. Additional details on the selection process are here: http://www.impactassets.org/impactassets50/review-and-criteria.
BlueOrchard Finance S.A. was founded in 2001 as the first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments worldwide. To this day, the company has deployed in excess of USD 2bn in loans to microfinance institutions, providing access to microcredit to over 30 million individuals across 50 countries.
Investors in BlueOrchard-managed funds include private and institutional investors, supranational institutions as well as renowned foundations. The company employs highly experienced staff with backgrounds in traditional and development finance including 26 investment professionals in Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, Lima, Phnom Penh, Tbilisi and Nairobi.
ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments that deliver financial, social, and environmental returns. ImpactAssets’ donor advised fund (“The Giving Fund”), impact investment notes, and field building initiatives enable philanthropists, other asset owners, and their wealth advisors to advance social or environmental change through investment.