A Swiss-based manager specialising in impact investing, BlueOrchard Finance, has launched an impact bond fund for retail and institutional investors, using the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).
BlueOrchard was founded in 2001 as the first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments, following a UN initiative. However, the Emerging Markets SDG Impact Bond Fund invests in bonds from financial institutions that advance the UN SDGs. It will invest in a diversified portfolio in emerging and frontier markets, with the aim of providing a scalable, impact-oriented alternative to traditional fixed income products.
BlueOrchard chief executive officer, Patrick Scheurle, commented: “Our investors have expressed considerable interest of late in a vehicle that combines financial and social returns with liquidity. We have responded by creating this fund and believe that it presents an excellent opportunity for both BlueOrchard and our investors to further engage in key emerging markets and expand our impact.”