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Impact investing

Investing in people
and our planet

Impact investments aim to make a tangible positive difference, for example by supporting underserved entrepreneurs or by protecting the environment from the effects of climate change.

Positive financial
returns

At the heart of our impact investment strategy is a focus on making sure that everyone benefits. That means you should see a return on your investment, while also knowing it is adding tangible value to a local community and the environment.

A difference
you can measure

Tracking impact is the only way to know our strategy is working as it should. So, we monitor, measure, and report everything – making transparency a key part of what we offer.

We have been able to provide access to financial and other vital services to

 
people in emerging economies
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How we make a difference

Global inequality. Climate change. These are two of the world’s toughest challenges. They need solutions that are effective, targeted, and linked – because we cannot fix either one without tackling the other. That is why our impact investing addresses both at the same time.

Including the excluded boosts local prosperity, tackling poverty while growing the global economy.

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people reached
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female end clients
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Countries and communities with the least resources are the most vulnerable to climate change, so they need the most help.

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climate insurance beneficiaries
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planet focused AUM
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Impact management and measurement

Our impact measurement and management goes far beyond just collecting data. Instead, it is central to making sure we are always having the greatest possible positive effect. To do this, our investing can be assessed under three pillars:
Intent
Clear social or environmental goals that tally with our long-term impact strategy.
Contribution
The specific funding and impact additionality that we as an organization are bringing to the table.
Measurement
Using a holistic framework to capture all the many different outcomes of our work.

BlueOrchard's framework:
Be the impact with B.Impact™

  • Our bespoke framework is always being updated to reflect industry best practice.
  • It is adjustable to all asset classes: private and listed debt, private equity, and infrastructure debt.
  • All funds and asset classes are assessed for impact and ESG management, and for alignment with the SDGs.
  • We also use ad hoc fund impact evaluations, such as end clients surveys.

B.Impact™ Framework

ESG

Assesses an investee‘s risks and practices in relation to three categories:
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Impact

Assesses the potential impact of each investment along five dimensions:
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SDG

Provides an SDG mapping and alignment at investee and fund level:
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Verification

Do not just take our word for our credentials. We signed up to the Operating Principles for Impact Management as soon as they were launched in 2019. That means our B.Impact™ framework has had its private and public measurements independently verified – with outstanding results.

Our impact track record

2007
LuxFLAG Microfinance label awarded for the first time to BOMF. BlueOrchard has been receiving it for BOMF and other funds in the following years as well.
2009
BlueOrchard becomes signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investments.
2009
BlueOrchard launches first Social Performance Impact Reporting and Intelligence Tool (SPIRIT).
2014
BlueOrchard supports the creation of the SPI4 Alinus tool for microfinance institutions.
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Impact stories

“Thanks to eight loan cycles over the past 20 years, I have been able to grow my business and build my own home from scratch.”

Grace Kissiri Animal farmer from Tanzania

“When we arrived as refugees, I had no job and was very worried about the future. Today, I am a fruit producer and have up to 10 people working for me.”

Jemal Bigvava Fruit producer from Georgia

“My dream is to be known for my great designs. I also want to continue supporting my family and I hope that my daughter may take over the business.”

Rashida Begam Tailor from India

“I started with just 9 hectares. Today, I have 50 hectares. Because of the El Niño phenomenon I have lost land as it caused flooding and afterwards the soil dried up.”

Cesar Julio Salirosas Pacheco Fruit and vegetable farmer, Peru

Helping to build
a more sustainable world

We are doing our bit to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges by meeting 16 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
SDG 1
No Poverty

Access to financial and related products and services is considered an enabler to end poverty. We contribute to SDG 1 by providing much-needed funding to poor and vulnerable individuals in emerging and frontier markets.

39,499,132 end clients | 93 emerging and frontier countries
SDG 2
Zero Hunger

Access to financial and related products and services to small-scale food producers is considered an enabler to achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture. We contribute to SDG 2 by securing access to funding for small-scale farmers in emerging and frontier markets.

11,222,603 small scale farmers
SDG 3
Good Health and Well-Being

Access to financial and related products and services tailored to affordable healthcare is instrumental to improve universal health coverage. We contribute to SDG 3 by funding institutions with an earmarked healthcare portfolio addressing the needs of the poor and vulnerable in emerging and frontier markets.

160,090 health related financial products beneficiaries
SDG 4
Quality Education

Providing funding to institutions that offer education financial products and services to low income populations in developing and frontier markets reduces inequalities driven by lack of education and relevant skills. We contribute to SDG 4 by increasing the outreach to students, learners, and affordable private education providers in Africa.

131,103 students, learners & education providers | USD 130,468,354 education portfolio financed
SDG 5
Gender Equality

Access to financial and related products and services tailored to women ensures greater economic empowerment for all. We contribute to SDG 5 by providing funding to investees with an MSME portfolio serving female clients.

28,162,136 female clients with business purpose loans
SDG 6
Clean Water and Sanitation

Providing access to clean water and sanitation services is a basic human right and is key for people’s health in emerging and frontier markets. We contribute to SDG 6 by targeting organisations that improve access to drinking water or install waste water treatment plants.

SDG 7
Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensuring an enduring supply of energy while respecting the environment is crucial for sustainable development. We contribute to SDG 7 by investing in organisations that advance solar or wind energy in emerging and frontier markets.

USD 81,955,259 invested in renewable energy industry
SDG 8
Decent Work and Economic Growth

Access to financial and related products and services is considered an enabler to promote growth of MSMEs and job creation. We contribute to SDG 8 by targeting investees with an MSME portfolio and measure the job opportunities created or maintained.

156,862,728 job opportunities created or maintained
SDG 9
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Including innovative businesses in the financial system enables new approaches on existing challenges and contributes to achieving a sustainable advancement of societies. We contribute to SDG 9 by supporting innovative small-scale businesses.

26,354,829 innovative small scale businesses supported
SDG 10
Reduced Inequalities

Reducing disparities between and within emerging and frontier markets is essential for sustainable development. We contribute to SDG 10 by directing our investment mainly to emerging and frontier markets, focusing on ODA* countries. Our investees pre-eminently support inclusive businesses and entrepreneurship in least developed countries and low and middle income countries.
*Official development assistance

61 ODA recipient countries | 9 least developed countries
SDG 11
Sustainable Cities and Communities

Safe and sustainable cities are needed to cope with the growing world population and ensure decent life and economic development. We contribute to SDG 11 by providing capital for investees that offer affordable housing loans.

3,776,980 affordable housing loans beneficiaries
SDG 12
Responsible Consumption and Production

Meeting the world’s increasing demand for food and consumption goods while respecting the environment during the production process is a challenge yet to be solved. We contribute to SDG 12 by investing in waste management and recycling and basic infrastructure.

SDG 13
Climate Action

Climate change is among the biggest threats to human societies today. Extreme weather events particularly affect the poor and vulnerable in emerging and frontier markets. We contribute to SDG 13 by investing in climate adaptation strategies, improving access to and the use of insurance. We measure the number of climate insurance beneficiaries.

25,886,161 climate insurance beneficiaries
SDG 14
Life Below Water

BlueOrchard is firmly committed to contributing to the achievement of the SDGs. Through our investments, we address 16 of the 17 SDGs. Read here how we are making a positive contribution to each of these goals.

SDG 15
Life on Land

BlueOrchard is firmly committed to contributing to the achievement of the SDGs. Through our investments, we address 16 of the 17 SDGs. Read here how we are making a positive contribution to each of these goals.

SDG 16
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

BlueOrchard is firmly committed to contributing to the achievement of the SDGs. Through our investments, we address 16 of the 17 SDGs. Read here how we are making a positive contribution to each of these goals.

SDG 17
Partnerships for the Goals

Mobilisation of private investments in developing and frontier markets is key to achieve sustainable objectives. Over time, we have specialized in blended finance structures, leveraging the capital invested to the benefit of emerging and frontier markets. We measure the volume of private investments directed to emerging economies.

USD 3,337,323,834 private capital mobilized

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