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27/05/2020 | Blog
Why pension funds should consider impact investing

BlueOrchard Chief Executive, Philipp Müller, explains why pension funds should consider impact investing and how it can meet their growing appetite for integrating sustainability into their portfolios. The current market environment poses significant challenges for institutional investors, particul

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27/05/2020 | News Releases
BlueOrchard officially certified as a climate neutral company

27 May 2020 – BlueOrchard has worked with leading climate solutions developer, South Pole, to achieve certification as a climate neutral company. It has worked closely with South Pole to analyse its emissions and carbon footprint for 2019 through the greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting process and has

20/05/2020 | News Releases
Open Society Foundations invests USD 10 million into BlueOrchard-managed InsuResilience Investment Fund

Zurich, 20 May 2020 – Open Society’s impact investing arm, the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), has committed USD 10 million to the InsuResilience Investment Fund (IIF), an initiative set up by KfW Development Bank on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Deve

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18/05/2020 | Covid-19
Blended Finance: Today and Tomorrow

BlueOrchard Chief Impact & Blended Finance Officer, Maria Teresa Zappia and Valerie Harrington, Associate Fund Manager, explain the state of blended finance, and the role it has to play in times of market turmoil.  Taking a ‘blended’ approach to development finance has been on the rise sinc

15/05/2020 | Media Coverage
Citywire Switzerland
BlueOrchard CIO on how to use impact investing effectively

The trend towards sustainable investing continues to gather momentum, with investors increasingly seeking not just financial returns, but also to make a positive contribution to the world around them.

15/05/2020 | Media Coverage
Investments & Pension Europe
Impact principles: Held to account

How will the IFC’s impact investment principles help investors seeking transparency and clarity about their investments? “There can be a tendency to fall for the showcase, anecdotal story without looking at consistency. However, the principles zoom up from transaction to portfolio and fund level

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14/05/2020 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Nino

Have you ever wondered who the people behind BlueOrchard are? As part of our #BOFaces series, we are happy to introduce Nino Pataraia, Senior Investment Officer at BlueOrchard in Georgia. We have interviewed Nino to better understand what drives her and why she enjoys working in the impact investing

12/05/2020 | Media Coverage
Environmental Finance
BlueOrchard, Schroders developing microfinance relief fund

Impact investor BlueOrchard and Schroders are developing a blended finance fund that will target Covid-19 relief efforts for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in emerging markets.

11/05/2020 | Media Coverage
Markets Media
EM Sustainable Bond Issuance Contracts

BlueOrchard Finance, part of the Schroders group, is collaborating with a number of potential investors, to develop a new fund  to provide funding for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging and frontier markets that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

07/05/2020 | News Releases
BlueOrchard develops initiative to support emerging and frontier MSMEs and combat challenges posed to the UN SDGs by Covid-19

Zurich, 7 May 2020 – BlueOrchard is working with bilateral donors, development finance institutions, and foundations to develop a support initiative to provide funding for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in emerging and frontier markets that have been affected by the Covid-19 pan

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07/05/2020 | Covid-19
Insights from the investment team: The impact of Covid-19 for microfinance investing

On a recent webinar, Sebastien Juhen, Lead Portfolio Manager for the BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund and Matthew Sparkes, Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, shared their views on the implications of the current Covid-19 pandemic for microfinance investing. They also discussed insights from the in

30/04/2020 | Media Coverage
Impact Alpha
Impact management is hot: Recapping Agents of Impact Call No. 15 (audio)

Maria Teresa Zappia of Blue Orchard said documenting the firm’s impact management processes and completing the verification process helped her team make the case to management for why changes to the process needed to be made.

29/04/2020 | News Releases
Leading microfinance and impact fund managers have signed a MoU on debt refinancing coordination principles to support the sector during the Covid-19 pandemic

BlueOrchard, Developing World Markets, Incofin, Microvest, Oikocredit, responsAbility, Triodos IM, Triple Jump and Symbiotics have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for coordination in response to COVID-19. Together, these nine investment originators and fund managers in impact investing ha

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21/04/2020 | News Releases
BlueOrchard’s flagship fund verified for alignment with the IFC-led Operating Principles for Impact Management

News release BlueOrchard’s impact management system and its flagship fund, the BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund (BOMF), have received independent verification for their alignment with the IFC-led Operating Principles for Impact Management. The verification process, which was conducted by impact inves

09/04/2020 | Media Coverage
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Investir dans des obligations sociales pour faire face au COVID-19

Philipp Müller, le directeur de BlueOrchard, explique le rôle que peut jouer l’investissement d’impact face à l’épidémie.

07/04/2020 | Media Coverage
Finanz Alternativa (Italy)
Coronavirus, la microfinanza come soluzione anti-panico. Articolo di Philippe Müller

La continua diffusione del coronavirus (Covid-19) ha portato a crescenti timori riguardo all’impatto su catene di approvvigionamento, turismo e domanda globale.

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31/03/2020 | News Releases
BlueOrchard invests in IFC’s Covid-19 social bond issuance

News release 31 March 2020 – The BlueOrchard UCITS Emerging Markets SDG Impact Bond Fund (IBF) has invested into a social bond from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is part of a collaborative response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The bond will support affected developing countries,

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31/03/2020 | Covid-19
What does the Covid-19 pandemic mean for BlueOrchard’s investments?

Cases of the Covid-19 virus were first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Despite some drastic measures by the Chinese authorities to prevent the spread of the infection, it has spread rapidly around the world. While highly contagious and difficult to contain, the majority of cases have been

23/03/2020 | Media Coverage
Citywire Asia
Impact investment manager names new chief

BlueOrchard, a swiss impact investment manager, has named Philipp Muller as its new CEO. Muller replaces Patrick Scheurle, who is resigning from his position to pursue new entrepreneurial challenges.

20/03/2020 | Media Coverage
Expert Investor Europe
People Moves: Commerz Real and BlueOrchard

Philipp Müller has been promoted to chief executive of BlueOrchard, starting from 1 April 2020, subject to regulatory approval. He will replace Patrick Scheurle who resigned to pursue entrepreneurial challenges.