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.
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.