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Social and financial return

An increasing number of investors believe it is important for their investments to benefit the environment and wider society, rather than simply making a financial return. Impact investing is an investment option that provides an opportunity to enjoy a social as well as a financial return.

Impacting investing targets investments in organizations that have developed scalable solutions for improving the quality of life of disadvantaged people. The focus is very much on the social return, but investors do enjoy a financial return too.

LGT Impact selects companies suitable for impact investments. Tried-and-tested investment, management and controlling processes ensure that the funds made available are used efficiently, transparently and solely for the desired aim. LGT Impact also lends its extensive expertise to the portfolio companies and opens doors to some important networks. The companies that LGT Impact picks have to pass an in-depth audit and commit to jointly agreed objectives.

Read about the impact we achieved with our portfolio in the LGT Impact Report.


Impact Ventures UK

One example of a successful impact investing initiative is "Impact Ventures UK" (IVUK). IVUK was founded in 2014 by LGT Venture Philanthropy in collaboration with the private bank Berenberg. IVUK supports British businesses involved in education, housing, employment services and healthcare by providing them with growth capital, sector-specific expertise and management consultancy services.

IVUK was recognized with the "Investment Product or Service Innovation" PAM Award in 2014 and is one of the first social impact funds in which a British municipal authority has taken a stake.

More information about Impact Ventures UK 

Broad impact investing portfolio

The LGT impact investing portfolio consists of 12 portfolio companies in East Africa, India, Brazil and the UK. Below a few examples:

Big White Wall: 24/7 Safe Space for Mental Health Support

Big White Wall

Region: Latin America
Sector: Health

Sector: Health
dr.consulta provides high-quality, low-cost primary and minor secondary healthcare to Brazil’s low income population.

dr. consulta

Region: Latin America
Sector: Health

dr. consulta

Homes for Good Investments: Ensuring Sustainable Housing for the Underserved in Scotland

Homes for Good

Region: UK
Sector: Housing & Shelter

Homes for Good

K10 specialises in connecting the unemployed with apprenticeships at renowned construction companies in London.

K 10

Region: UK
Sector: Employment & Skills

Latimer Group works directly with youth audiences to co-create insights, award winning content and cutting edge global campaigns.


Region: UK
Sector: Work & Education

Learning Possibilities has a vision of technology enriching the lives of millions through education. It builds cloud solutions to drive transformation in the classroom and give children opportunities beyond it.

Learning Possibilities

Region: UK
Sector: Employment exchange & Education

M-KOPA Solar provides affordable solar home systems that generate clean energy for low income households.

M-KOPA Solar

Region: Africa
Sector: Energy

Sabka dentist provides affordable dental care to low and lower-middle income populations.


Region: India
Sector: Health

Unforgettable aims to improve the lives of all those affected by dementia and memory loss.


Region: UK
Sector: Health

Varthana provides loans to affordable private schools, enhancing education infrastructure and quality.


Region: India
Sector: Education

Would you like to find out more about impact investing?


Please get in touch with us:

LGT Impact Investment Advisors LLP
2nd Floor
1 St. James's Market
London, SW1Y 4AH
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7484 2500



Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association Award
Most Impactful Funder 2015

Sustainable Investment Award, Incisive Media, UK
Best Social Impact Investor 2015, Highly Commended

Sustainable Investment Award, Incisive Media, UK
Best Social Impact Investor 2014

UK Cabinet Office
Global Impact Award Runner-Up 2014

Sustainable Investment Award
Best Social Impact Investor 2014

Global Wealth Award Highly Commended
Best Philanthropy Offering 2014

ESG Leaders Award
Best Impact Investor 2013