Positive Impact Report 2020

Our fourth annual report focuses on the opportunity to build back better in a post-pandemic world.

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The report highlights how using a positive impact approach can drive valuation creation, in the sense of maximising financial returns and societal impact. In addition, the positive impact approach extends beyond the traditional investor, attracting a higher proportion of female investors (52%), than the UK average (44%).

Throughout 2019, EQ enhanced its impact investing standards, continued to identify how its investments support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and collaborated with a wide variety of stakeholders to enhance its engagement efforts.

Throughout 2019, EQ enhanced its impact investing standards, continued to identify how its investments support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and collaborated with a wide variety of stakeholders to enhance its engagement efforts.

What’s new in this year’s report:

  • How companies in the Positive Impact Portfolios are helping to fight the coronavirus today and set the stage for a green economic recovery.
  • An in-depth focus on climate change, using scenario analysis to show how investments are aligned to the Paris Agreement.
  • Details on how EQ has enhanced its engagement efforts to maximise its impact.

Key impact highlights saw an increase in the impact made per £1m invested, including:

  • 352 tonnes of CO2 avoided: equivalent to taking 77 cars off the road
  • 25 tonnes of waste recycled: equivalent to 26 households’ waste
  • 202MWH of renewable energy generated: equivalent to 61 homes’ usage
  • 178m litres of clean water provided: equivalent to 1,404 households usage
  • 402 hours of school, higher and adult education delivered.

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Louisiana Salge

Louisiana is EQ's resident Impact Specialist. She leads our research on impact funds, our impact reporting, and co-ordinates strategic engagements with fund managers to spread best practice on sustainable investing.

Louisiana has a MSc in sustainable business from Imperial College London, and a BSc in Geography from University College London. Her masters thesis focused on impact reporting using the EQ Positive Impact portfolios as a case study.

Outside work, Louisiana loves travelling and discovering new places, cooking with friends and spending time outdoors.

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