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Environmental, Social and Governance

As an impact first asset manager, we, at EDFI MC, are committed to generating positive social and environmental outcomes through our investment activities, while at the same time mitigating unintended negative impacts that may arise.

We invest with the aim of having a positive impact, and we strive to ensure respect for human rights, and environmental and social sustainability.

This commitment is embedded in our Environmental and Social policy.

We assess, address, monitor and manage the potential negative effects of each investment on people and the environment. Investees also receive guidance and technical assistance to help them improve their ESG management systems.

We incorporate international standards, such as the IFC Performance Standards and associated World Bank Group Environmental Health and Safety Guidelines, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the EDFI Principles for Responsible Financing of Sustainable Development and GOGLA’s consumer protection principles.

Jointly with the other EDFI members, we have agreed on a list of joint ambitions on climate and energy related finance including key commitments to mobilise private investments aligned with the Paris Agreement. The EDFI Statement on Climate and Energy Finance  aims to signal a real ambition for the sector while recognising the development needs of the countries European DFIs invest in.

Next to the EDFI members, we have agreed on harmonized environmental and social standards encompassing:

Impact Management

We measure and manage impact throughout the entire investment lifecycle. To achieve this, we set impact objectives and targets at the company and investment facility levels to guide our investment strategies. Investment decisions are based on an assessment of the potential impact of each investment and its expected contribution to the total portfolio.

We are a signatory to the Operating Principles for Impact Management (OPIM), a global framework for investors to ensure that impact considerations are purposefully integrated throughout the investment lifecycle.

Key Contributions to SDGs – AgriFI

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125,000 +

Beneficiaries reached by the end of 2022, attributed to AgriFI funding

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335,000 +

Agricultural production until the end of 2022 attributed to AgriFI funding

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394,000 +

Hectares under cultivation until the end of 2022 attributed to AgriFI funding

Smallholder farmers (in millions)
Agricultural production (in million tons)

Key Contributions to SDGs – ElectriFI

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16.3 mil

Beneficiaries reached by the end of 2022, attributed to ElectriFI funding

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417 kTons

kTons of CO2 avoided by the end of 2022, attributed to ElectriFI funding

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170 GWh

Of energy produced, by the end of 2022, attributed to ElectriFI funding

Beneficiaries (in millions)
GHG Avoided (kTons of CO2/year)

Gender-smart investing

EDFI is committed to mobilising capital to advance women as leaders, entrepreneurs, employees and consumers, using gender-smart approaches, and achieving more pipeline and/or better commercial outcomes by integrating and screening all investments against the 2X challenge framework.

Women empowerment AgriFI and ElectriFI

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82%

of our AgriFI portfolio qualifies under the 2X challenge

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76%

of our ElectriFI portfolio qualifies under the 2X challenge

Women empowerment AgriFI
Women empowerment ElectriFI

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