EQ Investors (EQ), today announced the launch of its sixth annual impact investing report. The report showcases the impact associated with investments made and engagements held on behalf of its clients.
With a dual focus on maximising both impact and financial return, the Positive Impact strategy uses internationally-recognised sustainability frameworks – the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Impact Management Project, to map the impact of the underlying holdings.
Coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of the EQ Positive Impact strategy, the report focuses on four critical social & environmental challenges: climate change, natural capital, healthcare, and social inclusion.
Throughout the report are case studies which show the link between a company’s activities and its progress towards the SDGs.
In addition to the impact delivered by the companies in the Positive Impact strategy, EQ also presents the positive impacts achieved through its work engaging with businesses, policymakers, and other investors over the past year.
Impact highlights (for every £1m invested) from the report include:
- 346 tonnes of Co2 emissions avoided, equivalent to taking 75 cars off the road.
- 245MWh of renewable energy generated, equivalent to 74 households’ usage.
- 32KW of renewable energy capacity installed, enough wind power to supply 33 homes.
- 597 medical interventions, covering diagnostics, screening, and treatments.
- 5,044 hours of school, further and adult education delivered.
Louisiana Salge, Senior Sustainability Specialist at EQ Investors commented:
“Our sixth impact report provides evidence of the positive environmental and social impacts of the investments made on behalf of our clients, and our engagement initiatives.
“We strive to rigorously measure and manage the impact of our investments, and then frame that impact with data. This helps investors understand how our outcomes compare to others in driving progress on our biggest global challenges.
“By sharing our Positive Impact approach, we hope to provide transparency for our clients, and encourage others to invest for both financial and impact returns.”
The full EQ Positive Impact Report can be downloaded below.