Enhancing societal benefits within our portfolio – and beyond

Impact+ is our specialist in-house impact team. It works with our investment professionals, providing expertise and tools to optimise the impact of Bridges’ investments, and capturing the lessons learned along the way. It then uses this accumulated knowledge to support the growth of the broader market, via third-party advisory work and proprietary publications.

 

Bridges Impact+ has three key functions:

Internal best practice

External client consulting

Independent research & analysis

The team at Bridges Impact+ is best in class and a global leader in what has increasingly become a crowded field of consultants focused on how to set objectives, implement strategy, measure and monitor social outcomes for investment portfolios
Skopos Impact Fund

Internal best practice:

The primary role of Bridges Impact+ is to optimise the positive social and environmental impact of our portfolio, working with our investment teams to:

  • Establish where our funds can have the greatest impact
  • Identify impact risks and opportunities pre-investment
  • Develop tools to measure and optimise impact during an investment
  • Capture the lessons learned for future investments

External client consulting

Bridges Impact+ provides advisory services to a select group of external clients, ranging from investors to governments to charities to corporates. We aim to provide rigorous but practical recommendations that will make a real difference to these organisations – all rooted in Bridges’ 15 years’ experience of the 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

Independent research & analysis

Bridges Impact+ takes on a small number of research projects each year that we believe will help to build the sustainable and impact investment sector.

Recent topics include a case study of how Skopos Impact Fund developed its impact management framework; a look at the future for outcomes contracts in the UK; an analysis of the investment case for B Corporations; and a paper on how (and why) institutions should start allocating for impact.

 

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The Impact Management Project

In 2017, Bridges Impact+ facilitated the Impact Management Project, an initiative that brought together over 700 industry practitioners from around the world to find consensus on shared fundamentals for how we talk about, measure and manage our impact of our investments and businesses.

The project focuses on ‘impact management’ rather than ‘impact measurement’. All enterprises and investments affect people and planet, whether positively or negatively. Impact management is an ongoing process of figuring out which effects are material, and then trying to reduce the negative and increase the positive.

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