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Aligning impact to the Sustainable Development Goals

 

 

One question, 5 themes

When we consider a company’s impact, we set out to answer one question:

Is this company contributing to the economic shift needed to achieve the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

The SDGs are a plan to promote prosperity while protecting the environment. The 17 goals set out how to deliver global sustainable development. While governments have developed the goals and signed up to their implementation, government action alone will not be enough to achieve them; private investor capital is needed and indeed the SDGs aim to foster collaboration within and between international private and public stakeholders.

The SDGs help investors like us identify areas where capital can address the world’s biggest problems. They have become a universal framework for impact investing.

We’ve grouped the SDGs into five investable themes designed to encompass and measure impacts across a broad range of economic activities.

INVESTaBLE THEME 1

Sustainably Meeting Basic Needs

This is about access to resources for long-term human well-being. Investment areas in this theme include Sustainable, Nutritious and Humane Food Systems and Disease Prevention and Response. 

THIS THEME IS ALIGNED WITH FIVE OF THE SDGs

INVESTaBLE THEME 2

Empowering the Structurally Excluded

This is about reversing structural inequalities. Investment areas in this theme include Gender and Minority Representation and Empowerment; and Access to the Digital Economy.

THIS THEME IS ALIGNED WITH FIVE OF THE SDGs

INVESTaBLE THEME 3

Addressing Climate Change

This is about altering the energy economy and replenishing carbon stores. Investment areas in this theme include energy efficiency and sustainable transport and logistics.

THIS THEME IS ALIGNED WITH TWO OF THE SDGs

IDnvestable THEME 4

Sustainable Use of Natural Capital

THis is about conserving, restoring and preserving natural resources to nurture ecosystems and foster resilience. Investment areas in this theme include renewable and Sustainably Sourced materials, and water and Resource efficiency and Sustainability.

THIS THEME IS ALIGNED WITH THREE OF THE SDGs

iNVESTaBLE THEME 5

Social Infrastructure

This is about Building the foundations to create transparency and equal opportunity for a more just and resilient society​. Investment areas in this theme include democratized employment and Payments infrastructure and fraud prevention.

THIS THEME IS ALIGNED WITH TWO OF THE SDGs

Investing in companies that address the SDGs is about more than just doing the right thing for society, it’s also a smart investing strategy.

SDGs are important because they help:

Identify Opportunities

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission estimates that achieving the SDGs could produce over US$12 trillion in new market opportunities in areas such as food, agriculture, cities, energy, materials, health and well-being and  could create over 380 million jobs.

Evaluate Impact

Corporate revenues and operations can be assessed, measured, and mapped based on which SDGs they impact favourably or adversely.

Create Action

Through direct engagement and allocation of capital investors can collectively push companies for more positive impact and improvement towards the commonly understood SDGs.

Avoid Risk

Companies that fail to address the SDGs may ultimately face significant policy action that could result in an impairment of their business or a loss of competitive position.

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Rally Assets has been an important partner to us as we endeavour to explore impact investing, and expand the ways in which we deploy our assets in pursuit of positive change. Their research reports and investment guidance are second to none.”

Jim McGill, Peter Gilgan Foundation