Bridges Impact Foundation seeks to avoid situations where there may be a potential conflict of interest. Our Conflict of Interest Policy helps protect us from this.
The Bridges Impact Foundation
Bridges began with a clear mission: to raise investment vehicles that target both societal and financial returns.
To protect and safeguard this mission, we founded the Bridges Impact Foundation (originally the Bridges Charitable Trust) and gave it an ownership stake in the management company. This effectively gives the Foundation power of veto over any change to the manager’s mission.
The Foundation is funded entirely by the Bridges team, who donate 10% of all their profits from the firm’s investment funds.
The Foundation has three core goals:
To finance impactful investments that fall outside the scope of Bridges' usual fund-management activity
Supporting the team
To promote and amplify the charitable efforts of the Bridges team
Building the market
To build the broader sustainable and impact investing market
As part of Bridges’ market-building strategy, Bridges Insights hosts the Impact Management Project (IMP), a forum for building global consensus on how to measure, manage and report impacts on sustainability. It is relevant for enterprises and investors who want to manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, as well as those who also want to contribute positively to global goals.
The IMP convenes a community of over 2,000 practitioners to share best practices, delve into technical issues and identify areas where further consensus is required in impact measurement and management.
It also facilitates a structured network of 16 standard-setting organisations (logos listed below) that, through their specific and complementary expertise, are coordinating efforts to provide complete standards for measurement, management and reporting of impacts on sustainability.
The MIINT programme
The MIINT (MBA Impact Investing Networking and Training) programme, which we run in partnership with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, is an experiential training course designed to give students a hands-on education in impact investing. It takes place each academic year and involves top business and graduate schools from around the world.
The Foundation’s US arm supports the MIINT through financial assistance and pro bono support from the Bridges team.
A round-up of our philanthropic activity in the last year