Bridges Impact Report 2016

Tackling society’s biggest challenges

31st December 2016

2016 has been another productive year for Bridges, with four new investments, five completed exits and another pioneering addition to our platform – Bridges Evergreen Holdings, a permanent capital vehicle for mission-led businesses (taking our total funds raised since inception beyond $1 billion).

More broadly, this year’s political turbulence has underlined quite how urgently we as a society need to find better ways to promote equality of opportunity; to support underserved regions; to improve educational outcomes for young people; to build a more sustainable health and social care system; and to reduce our environmental impact.

At Bridges, we have been thinking about these challenges and seeking out investable solutions for more than a decade. In this year’s Annual Impact Report, we explain how this approach has enabled us to identify a range of different strategies across our platform of funds – and we outline some of the impact we’ve been able to deliver as a result. For instance, through our investments:

  • 3.3m care hours have been delivered to elderly and vulnerable people
  • 2,500 tonnes of CO2 saved through renewable and green energy usage
    across our property portfolio
  • 4,345 students have been enrolled in high-quality afterschool programs in the US
  • Almost 1,600 previously unemployed people have been helped back into work
  • Vulnerable children have spent 23,500 fewer days in care

We also show how this challenge-led focus has underpinned the new investments we’ve made in 2016.

Read the full report here  (screen)  (print)