SIFEM - Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets

SIFEM as one of the first adopters of the Operating Principles for Impact Management

SIFEM adopted the Operating Principles for Impact Management which were developed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and signed by 60 investors. They were officially launched on April, 12 at World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington.

The Principles provide a common market standard for what constitutes an impact investment. They describe the essential features of managing investments into companies or organisations with the intent to contribute to measurable positive social, economic, or environmental impact, alongside financial returns. Impact considerations have to be integrated into all phases of the investment lifecycle: strategy, origination and structuring, portfolio management, exit, and independent verification. Critically, the Principles call for annual disclosure as to how signatories implement the principles, including independent verification, which will provide credibility to the adoption of the Principles.