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Bridges Impact+ is our in-house, practitioner-led advisory function. It has a dual purpose: to help our fund teams invest for impact more effectively, and to support the growth of the sustainable and impact investment market more broadly.

 

Bridges Impact+ has four key functions:

Internal teams Wider industry
Research and development Frameworks and tools Shareable intellectual capital
Advisory Hands-on support and learning Bespoke advice

Hands on learning and support:

The principal role of Impact+ is to support our internal fund teams throughout the investment cycle. Impact+ works alongside Bridges’ investment teams to establish where our funds can have the greatest impact; to identify impact risks and opportunities pre-investment; to measure and maximise impact during an investment; and to capture the lessons learned for future investments.

 

See how Bridges’ focus on sustainability and impact helps to create value throughout the investment process

Frameworks and tools:

Bridges has been investing for impact since 2002. We’ve drawn on this experience to develop a number of proprietary tools and frameworks that help us think about how we analyse, measure and manage the impact of our potential and current investments. For instance, the Bridges’ Spectrum of Capital maps out the broad range of risk/return investment strategies that exist within the sustainable and impact investing sector. The development of our own platform of funds reflects our intention to maximise our impact across this spectrum.

The Bridges Impact Radar is used by our teams to identify the most impactful investment sectors within our four impact themes. It is also used to get a fuller picture of the potential impact risks and returns of any individual investment. If we choose to invest, the teams use this information to develop a set of impact-related Key Performance Indicators. These reflect the priority areas for engagement with the business, wherever we have identified (with management) opportunities to mitigate risks and drive value. We continue to use the Radar throughout the investment process, tracking the results through an annual Impact Scorecard, which we share with our investors.

 

Learn more about the Bridges Impact Toolkit

Bespoke advice:

Impact+ provides advisory services to a select group of external clients, ranging from investors to governments to charities to corporates. Our aim is to provide theoretically rigorous but eminently practical recommendations – all rooted in our 14 years’ experience of the day-to-day realities of investing for impact.

Working across the impact investment value chain, our core areas of expertise are:

  • Commercial and impact ‘profiling’: Establishing clients’ commercial and impact objectives, as the starting point for reviewing or designing successful portfolios/projects
  • Market research and analysis: Analysing trends and crafting recommendations
  • Strategy and portfolio/project design: Advising on how to design a successful impact-driven portfolio/project
  • KPIs & target-setting: Establishing an appropriate impact measurement system in line with organisational objectives
  • Metrics, tools, processes & systems: Designing and implementing a fit-for-purpose performance management system, integrating impact assessment and management within teams and workflows
  • Transaction advice: Designing and reviewing products, including understanding the landscape of advisors and investors

Recent clients include:

Shareable intellectual capital:

Bridges Ventures is committed to growing the wider sustainable and impact investment sector. As such, Impact+ takes on a small number of research projects each year that contribute to field building.

Recent research topics include an in-depth analysis of the case for B Corporations; a practitioner’s guide to working with social impact bonds; and a paper on how, and why, institutions should start allocating for impact (co-authored as a product of the Asset Allocation Working Group of the Social Investment Taskforce, established under the UK’s presidency of the G8). Our other reports include:

 

Better Outcomes, Better Value
The Bridges Spectrum of Capital
To B or Not To B
The Social Business Frontier
Choosing Social Impact Bonds
Allocating for Impact
Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets
Investing for Impact: A Strategy of choice for African Policymakers
Shifting the Lens: A De-risking Toolkit for Impact Investment
Bridges Ventures & Impact Investing: An Overview
Sustainable & Impact Investment: How we define the market
Investing for Impact: Case studies across asset classes

 

Experiential education:

miint-logoBridges Impact+ also works to train the next generation of impact investors through our MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT) programme. MIINT, which we run in partnership with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, is an experiential programme designed to give students a hands-on education in impact investing. It takes place each academic year and involves a large number of top business schools from across the globe.

 

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