Equity Investments for SDGs One Company at a Time

Equity Investments for SDGs One Company at a Time

  • Overview


    The nature of our commitment is to subject our fund of $150 million through investments in our pipeline companies, to a rigorous assessment of their impact on the SDGs (at the city, company and country level). Impact will be on the portfolio companies we invest in engaged in agriculture and agribusiness, manufacturing, innovative technologies, mobile payment systems, and investments in city services such as transport, housing and waste collection in six countries. This constitutes a portfolio of about 20 small and medium enterprises in six targeted countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania. Our investment teams would ensure we assess the impact on SDGs concerned in this sector at the due diligence stage, help the companies we invest in build the capacity to monitor and track their impact on specific indicators at the company level that are aligned to the SDGs. Our portfolio management team would follow through with reporting regularly on progress of the companies we invest in and of our fund overall in meeting commitments made at the investment stage. We would work with other investors in the countries we are engaged in to develop approaches for incorporating attention to the SDGs in the private equity space and aspire to be an industry leader in the countries and sectors in which we are present. The Chairperson of the company would use her role in other networks engaged on the SDGs to develop needed partnerships to deliver on this commitment and ensure our assessments of companies when we invest, take into account and use the relevant information coming out of the SDSN process.

    Commitment Target(s)
    • – Monitor the portfolio to track implementation on the SDG concerned and report on progress achieved for 100% of the portfolio

    • 2025 – Ensure 100% of the pipeline companies presented to the investment committee have been assessed as to their potential contribution to the SDGs in the country and sector concerned

    • Sustainable Development Goals
      1. No poverty; 2. Zero hunger; 3. Good health and well-being; 4. Quality education; 6. Clean water and sanitation; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
      Issue areas
      Anti-Corruption; Biodiversity; Child Labour; Children's Rights; Climate Change; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Forced Labour; Health; Labour; Migrant Workers; Poverty; Principle 10; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9; Rule of Law; Water and Sanitation; Youth
      Industry sector(s) that apply to this commitment
      Equity investment instruments
      Country(s) where this commitment will be implemented


      Names of committing organisations Names of additional partners

      The portfolio companies in which we invest.

      Note: All organisations listed above are accountable for the commitment made. These organisations are required to complete an annual communication on progress for the duration of the commitment, either jointly or individually, as laid out in the accountability section of the submission form.