Schroders Capital has launched a place-based impact investment strategy designed to deliver positive social impact outcomes across the UK.

The UK Real Estate Impact Fund will focus on affordable homes, workplaces and mixed use town centre projects to repurpose existing spaces to address social deprivation and inequality, while delivering a financial return. The fund will target areas defined as deprived by the UK government, aiming to address social challenges faced by low-income families, community groups, social enterprises and SMEs. Its objectives are aligned with seven of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, while environmental targets are aligned with the real estate team‘s Net Zero Carbon Pathway.

Chris Santer, impact fund manager in Schroders Capital’s real estate team, said, “Real estate is uniquely placed to help address major social inequalities across the UK. Through our focus on deprived areas and working to understand the needs of local communities, we believe we can deliver place-based real estate solutions driving social change together with long-term financial value for investors.”

Sophie van Oosterom, global head of real estate at Schroders Capital, added, “The Covid pandemic exposed and exacerbated the widening gap in social inequality. Our fund offers institutional investors the opportunity to be part of the solution to help address regional inequality through investment in real estate assets in more deprived areas in the UK.”


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Published: December 1, 2022
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