An increasing number of investors believe it is important for their investments to benefit the environment and wider society, rather than simply making a financial return. Impact investing is an investment option that provides an opportunity to enjoy a social as well as a financial return.
Impacting investing targets investments in organizations that have developed scalable solutions for improving the quality of life of disadvantaged people. The focus is very much on the social return, but investors do enjoy a financial return too.
LGT Impact selects companies suitable for impact investments. Tried-and-tested investment, management and controlling processes ensure that the funds made available are used efficiently, transparently and solely for the desired aim. LGT Impact also lends its extensive expertise to the portfolio companies and opens doors to some important networks. The companies that LGT Impact picks have to pass an in-depth audit and commit to jointly agreed objectives.
One example of a successful impact investing initiative is "Impact Ventures UK" (IVUK). IVUK was founded in 2014 by LGT Venture Philanthropy in collaboration with the private bank Berenberg. IVUK supports British businesses involved in education, housing, employment services and healthcare by providing them with growth capital, sector-specific expertise and management consultancy services.
IVUK was recognized with the "Investment Product or Service Innovation" PAM Award in 2014 and is one of the first social impact funds in which a British municipal authority has taken a stake.