London, 19 May, 2022: Actis, a leading global investor in sustainable infrastructure and a founding signatory to the IFC’s Operating Principles for Impact Management, publishes its latest IFC disclosure statement.
Established in 2019, the Principles for Impact Management aim to bring greater transparency and discipline to impact investing, fostering greater mobilisation of capital for impact and a high standard for the social and environmental impact that it can achieve. Underpinned by five stages – strategy, origination and structuring, portfolio management, exit, and independent verification – the Principles establish a robust impact management system, enabling investors to generate positive impact for society alongside financial returns.
Actis has been investing in sustainable infrastructure globally since 2004, measuring positive impact aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals through its proprietary Actis Impact Score, and building sustainable value creation into the core operation of the businesses in which it invests.
Shami Nissan, Partner and Head of Sustainability, commented: “As one of the first adopters to the principles, we are delighted to publish our disclosure statement for the fourth consecutive year. This latest disclosure demonstrates our ongoing commitment to measuring our sustainability-related impacts, delivering meaningful positive impact for the environment and society. It's great to see the market making strides in implementing common reporting standards.”
In February 2021, Actis Secured $1.2bn Impact-Linked Financing for it’s latest Energy Fund, The new facility features a hybrid format and is the first to combine both eligibility criteria for projects that can be funded by the facility (“use-of-proceeds format”) with a margin adjustment mechanism that incentivises impact outcomes. These outcomes will be assessed using the Actis Impact Score™ (AIS) methodology (“sustainability-linked format”).
Actis is a signatory to the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative, which supports the goal of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner. The firm has developed a Transition Tool which identifies Net Zero aligned “Green” asset investment opportunities as well as “Smart Olive” assets that have a clear path to decarbonisation and which will be essential for securing a just energy transition.
Actis is a signatory to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The firm has been awarded the highest rating score, A* for the fourth consecutive year in the UN PRI independent assessment and was listed #1 in Private Equity International’s Impact 20 rating, a ranking of the largest managers of private markets impact capital.