Schroders gets “impact principles” verification

Schroders has received “top ratings” for operating according to impact management principles or Impact Principles hosted by the Global Impact Investing Network.

The nine Impact Principles – covering areas such as cover areas such as strategic intent, origination and structuring, portfolio management, impact at exit, etc. – serve as the industry benchmark for embedding impact considerations across the investment lifecycle. Schroders has been a member of GIIN since April 2021.

According to the asset manager, the ratings are the “first independent validation of its impact management framework”, developed in partnership with impact investing firm BlueOrchard.

The asset manager said it has been “enhancing its capabilities in impact investing across asset classes and addressing investor requests to deliver returns while also having a positive social and environmental impact” since BlueOrchard’s addition in 2019.

Schroders partnered with BlueMark, an independent provider of impact verification services in the impact investing market, to confirm how well their impact management aligned with these principles. 

BlueMark evaluated the asset manager’s investment policies, processes and tools used by various teams overseeing impact strategies in both public and private markets. Schroders received the highest ratings on all nine Impact Principles, earning a place on BlueMark’s Practice Leaderboard. 

Catherine Macaulay, impact investment lead at Schroders, said: “Asset managers have a key role to play in allocating capital to create investment opportunities whilst also tackling pressing social and environmental challenges, such as the energy transition.”

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