In today’s global economy, big insurance companies have to tick the correct boxes on publically supporting the right causes and ethical investment. One area that activists are looking at in detail is green investment and sustainable social economic projects in the developing economies around the world. In the future, there is likely to be intense political pressure on insurers to transfer a percentage of their profits into social funds and ethical investment, in order to demonstrate their corporate values in action. Here’s some news from MAPFRE;
MAPFRE AM, the manager of the insurance group, and Global Social Impact
Investments SGIIC (GSI) are joining forces to provide financing to companies with
high social impact on both frontier and emerging markets.
They will do so through an open private debt fund, called the Global Social Impact Fund (GSIF), which will initially focus on consolidated business models in sub-Saharan Africa and will potentially expand to Latin America. The vehicle, which aims to reach 50 million
euros as a first goal, will be managed by GSI and has Santa Comba and MAPFRE as its main investors. MAPFRE AM will take on the role of investment advisor.
This new proposal within the social sphere reinforces the commitment of both firms with regard to impact investment. In this sense, GSI evaluates the theories of change of the companies invested in, and measures the improvement of the quality of life of people and communities, as well as the impact on the ecosystem, trying to look beyond merely quantitative data.
To this end, this fund, which has an annual profitability target of between 5 and 8
percent and with annual liquidity from 2024, will focus on three main sectors:
agriculture, energy and financial inclusion. More specifically, most of the investment
will take place directly in short-term loans and debt structures, although a margin of
up to 25 percent of capital is left for investment through funds. MAPFRE goes one step further in its commitment to socially responsible investment.
Having fully covered the ESG spectrum (environmental, social and good governance) with its three funds, MAPFRE Good Governance, MAPFRE Capital Responsable and MAPFRE Inclusión Responsable, the MAPFRE Compromiso Sanitario was recently launched, in order to finance the Community of Madrid in the fight against COVID-19.
“We are very excited about this project and we couldn’t have wished for a better partner for this.” We believe that impact investment has a long way to go and, after the pandemic, socially responsible investment is going to emerge stronger, particularly investment made with social criteria,” says José Luis Jiménez, Chief Investment Officer at MAPFRE. Global Social Impact, a pioneer in impact investment in Spain, has a
management team with more than 20 years of experience in investments and in
the design, measurement and management of their social impact. Using its
experience, it has developed its own measurement system aligned with the most
established international standards, such as the SDG, IRIS+ and IMP indicators.
Its Advisory Committee includes well-known personalities, including Professor
Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who also makes his local teams
available to GSIF in the countries receiving investment.
“Few Spanish companies have incorporated social awareness from the outset
but MAPFRE is one of them. Ignacio Larramendi himself said that the company
is not only obliged to efficiently provide its own service, but is subject to
institutional obligations resulting from its influence on social life and its
contribution to the national heritage. GSI is grateful to be part of this project and
to contribute our knowledge in order to expand and deepen our impact among
vulnerable groups, who just need to be given an opportunity,” says María Ángeles
León, founder and Chair of GSI.