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LGT Impact’s mission, approach and history

As impact investors we aim to achieve both attractive financial returns and measurable, positive societal impact.

Since our inception we have invested in 6 companies operating in three emerging markets, and 8 companies the UK. In 2015, our investees reached 2.5 million underserved people, providing them with access to basic services and products, and livelihood opportunities. We are headquartered in Switzerland and London, with teams in Latin America (Brazil), East Africa (Kenya), India and the UK.

"We at LGT envisage a world in which all human beings have a fair chance to develop their potential, become productive members of society, and live under dignified conditions."

 

H.S.H. Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein, CEO LGT

Driven by a shared vision

LGT Impact's vision is embedded in LGT’s 90-year-old tradition of creating, preserving and increasing lasting value for all its stakeholders and society at large. Based on this vision, H.S.H. Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein founded LGT Impact with the mission to increase the quality of life of the underserved and contribute to healthy ecosystems and prosperous communities.

  • Our impact investing approach
  • Our impact network
  • Our history
  • Our Values

We invest in the sustainable growth of our portfolio companies so they become a strong partner in achieving our shared social and environmental impact goals. Our investees strive to deliver returns to investors and at the same time solve some of the world’s most pressing societal problems.

Investing for value creation

We specialize in providing tailored growth capital, access to experienced professionals, business skills and management know-how to our portfolio companies. These companies demonstrate early success and intend to create societal impact in emerging and developing countries. With our Fellowship Program we increase the capacities of social businesses and attract professionals to the impact investing sector.

Investing in growth markets

Our investments focus on sectors with opportunities to improve the quality of life and address the basic human needs of billions of underserved consumers: education, health, energy, agriculture, information and communication technologies. Creating impact in those areas, we also contribute to meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Investing more than capital

Our investments entail more than funding. We provide strategic advice and guidance on topics such as national and regional growth strategies, distribution channel development, capital structuring, and social and environmental impact measurement and management. Often times our investment managers also serve our portfolio companies as board members.

Investing in strong partnerships

We are a global team of impact investment specialists based in the regions where we invest. Our regional investment managers work closely with our investees and engage in a long-term partnership.

We work and succeed as partners. Together with our broad network of partners we aim to attract large-scale capital to the impact investing sector, building high growth, purpose-driven companies, and ultimately contributing to the acceleration of positive impact on billions of lives.

We share this vision with LGT - the world’s largest privately owned Private Banking and Asset Management group with USD 146.3 billion assets under management as of June 30th 2016. LGT Impact is the impact investing arm of LGT and was founded by LGT’s CEO, H.S.H Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein.

LGT Impact evolved from LGT Venture Philanthropy - one of the pioneers of venture philanthropy. LGT Impact captures our impact investing activities that target both financial and social returns. Under LGT Venture Philanthropy we continue to support social organizations focused on positive impact creation.

Milestones in the evolution of LGT Impact

2007

  • Foundation of LGT Venture Philanthropy 

2008

  • Local teams built up in Switzerland (HQ), Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, India, China
  • LGT joins the UN Principles for Responsible Investing Initiative
  • Start of Mission Related Investments: LGT launches its Sustainability Funds in collaboration with LGT Capital Partners

2009

2010

  • Philanthropy Advisory becomes part of LGT Venture Philanthropy’s offering

2012

  • Launch of the Accelerator Program that contributes to the development of the venture philanthropy ecosystem in Southeast Asia
  • Launch of Impact Ventures UK - the first social impact fund in the UK

2013

  • Partnership with President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative
  • LGT Venture Philanthropy’s grantee Educate Girls participates in world’s first Development Impact Bond

2014

  • Impact Ventures UK has its final closing at GBP 36m from 10 investors
  • More than 100 Fellows have contributed their skills to help our portfolio companies scale

2015

  • Launch of two working capital facilities for our investee: M-KOPA Solar

2016

  • Launch of LGT Impact - a separate impact investing entity
  • First equity investment in China - MamadaV. The company empowers stay-at-home mothers through income generation opportunities and community engagement.
  • Investment in India: AYE Finance

2017

  • Investment in Brazil: General Water SA

Since our foundation in 2007, a core set of values has formed the basis of our work, partnerships and definition of success.

Impact orientation

Creating positive impact and shared value is at the core of LGT Impact. We pledge to use the funds entrusted to us in an effective, efficient, transparent, ethical and responsible manner.

Long-term perspective

For everything we do, we assume a long-term perspective: supporting the growth of our portfolio companies, creating sustainable positive impact, and offering our team an environment to thrive in both professionally and personally.

Entrepreneurial approach

We are convinced that an entrepreneurial approach is one of the key drivers for successfully implementing and growing innovative solutions to social and environmental problems. With all our partners we share an entrepreneurial mind-set.

Competence

We pursue a broad regional and sector approach. Our impact investing specialists have diverse backgrounds and are based in the regions where we invest. Our team combines a broad skillset with sector and regional knowhow that enables us to identify the most effective solutions and scalable business models in growth markets.

Collaboration

We embrace cultural diversity and strive to foster an honest, open and constructive dialogue with all our stakeholders. We work and succeed as partners. We believe that true teamwork is the key to the quality of our work. We listen, value and respect the views of others, and above all the less advantaged people we strive to serve with our work.

 “The LGT Impact team has leveraged their solid business network in our favor as many times as we required. I am extremely grateful and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with them. We are breaking paradigms together and are building a great business. The result is shaping a better world. Our partnership is a true triple A platform of social value creation!”

Thomaz Srougi, Founder and CEO of dr.consulta, Brazil