Investing in a positive future for people and planet

We invest in businesses that change lives for the better, providing solutions to the needs of under-served people, and to society’s environmental challenges.

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SIS Ventures Impact Principles

As an impact investor, we expect care for people and planet to be part of an investee businesses’ DNA. We work with founders and management teams committed to acting with care, and bringing positive change, for the people and places they interact with.

Impact intentions

SIS Ventures investees act intentionally to:

Impact

Mitigate or significantly reduce negative outcomes for people and the planet.

People Supported

Generate positive outcomes for otherwise underserved people or the planet.

Solutions

Contribute to solutions, generating substantial positive change.

Impact priorities

SIS Ventures considers all impact investment opportunities and has a particular interest in investing in businesses:

Founded / led by people who identify as female, minority ethnic, LGBTQ+, have reported a disability, and those under 30 or over 50 years of age.

 

Are headquartered in the UK, with local, national, international and/ or global impacts.

Whose products/services progress the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Responsible Business Practices

Our investees have a common belief in business as a force for good. We help investee businesses:

Promote fair work principles and practices.

Minimise harm to the environment through their own, and supply chain, practices.

Appreciate and develop practices to bring diversity of thought across the business, and fair access to products and services.

Understanding customers in the broadest sense and considering how to care and add value for them, including approaches to evaluating suppliers and other third-party relationships.

Engagement with communities touched by the business including charitable giving and civic engagement.

By working towards a more inclusive social investment sector as signatories of the Diversity Forum Manifesto 2.0.

Impact themes

Each investment we make contributes to achievement of at least one United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

We consider all impact investment opportunities. The Impact First Fund prioritises investments focused on the UN SDGs, or impact themes, of:

  • No Poverty

  • Zero Hunger

  • Good Health and Well-being

  • Quality Education

  • Gender Equality

  • Clean Water and Sanitation

  • Affordable and Clean Energy

  • Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

  • Reduced Inequalities

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • Responsible Consumption and Production

  • Climate Action

  • Life Below Water

  • Life on Land

  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

  • Partnerships for the Goals

Operating Principles for Impact Management

SIS Ventures impact practice follows best practice. We are pleased to be signatories to the Operating Principles for Impact Management. The Impact Principles are a framework for investors for the design and implementation of their impact management systems, ensuring that impact considerations are integrated throughout the investment lifecycle. 

Read our annual Disclosure Statement describing the alignment of SIS Ventures impact management systems with each of the Impact Principles here.

We engaged with the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) to independently verify the alignment of our impact management systems and processes with the Operating Principles for Impact Management (the Impact Principles). Read our verification statement here

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