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Impact Investing

Building an ecosystem for impact.

Impact Investing

We’ve aligned our financial objectives with our desire to contribute to societal and environmental improvements.

What is impact investing?

SIFEM is an impact investor.

Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. This definition is endorsed by the Global Impact Investing Network and widely embraced by investors and other industry bodies.

Impact investments are characterized by four key elements:


Beyond financial gains, impact investing is intentionally directed towards projects and enterprises that actively contribute to positive change. It is a conscious choice to make a difference.

Financial returns

Impact investments seek a financial return on capital that can range from below market rate to risk-adjusted market rate.

Range of asset classes

Impact investments can be made across asset classes.

Impact measurement

Investors actively track and assess the social and environmental impact of their investments, ensuring accountability and transparency.

How we contribute to the ecosystem

We actively participate as a member in both national and international industry associations, playing a pivotal role in enhancing the scale and efficacy of impact investing. Recognizing the imperative for a robust foundation, industry associations play a crucial role in constructing essential infrastructure. This includes the formulation of precise definitions, establishment of standards and guidelines, as well as fostering educational and research initiatives. These collective efforts not only nurture the growth of the impact investing sector but also mobilize capital towards investments that bring positive impacts to people and the planet.

Looking for opportunities?

We offer institutional investors the opportunity to discuss potential co-investment options alongside SIFEM.


Find out how we invest.


Find out how we invest.