Our projects must demonstrate responsible, environmentally sustainable consumption and production in order to be considered for investment, and all impacts are achieved under this umbrella. Our focus on livelihoods encompasses our project’s achievements towards no poverty, improving families’ incomes targeting zero hunger, together with improving health and well-being, quality education, access to clean water and sanitation, and affordable, clean energy. Alongside, and closely linked, is sustainable enterprise, which tracks how our projects generate decent work and economic growth, develop innovative industries, and drive development of sustainable communities with strong, transparent institutional structures, peace and justice.
Across all project activities we assess inclusivity through gender equality and inclusion of all groups within communities to reduce inequalities – not just with project activities but also benefitting from the project through fair economic return.
Our projects also demonstrate measurable benefits to ecosystem protection and species conservation, both for life on land and life below water, in addition to their impact on climate through verified emissions reductions. Our projects focus on responsible production; they restore degraded land on the frontier of deforestation to reduce the pressure on forests and protect the diverse natural ecosystems and the wild species that live there.
Forming partnerships is a key focus of our work – we have partnered with public and private organisations, NGOs, international and national entities to achieve our goals. We also promote partnerships within our portfolio to facilitate projects sharing experience, knowledge and capacity.
As well as the broad impacts our portfolio achieves, we also drive sustainable development through the implementation of our best-in-class environmental, social and governance approach in line with the SDGs. As part of providing decent work and economic growth, all our projects protect labour rights and offer safe and secure working environments, as well as taking measures to eradicate child labour and forced labour. Our projects have environmentally sound management of chemicals and waste products, and promote recycling and waste reduction to develop responsible consumption and production. Finally, we ensure the development of strong institutions by implementing policies to eliminate corruption and bribery throughout their operations and function in a transparent and accountable way.