An expert advisory group with a global outlook

Bridges Impact+ works alongside our investment professionals, providing the expertise and tools they need to optimise the impact of our investments, and capturing the lessons learned along the way. It then uses this accumulated knowledge to support the growth of the broader market, via third-party advisory work and proprietary publications.

 

Bridges Impact+ has three key functions:

Internal support

External client consulting

Independent research & analysis

 

Internal support:

The primary role of Impact+ is to support our investment teams throughout the cycle, by:

  • Establishing where our funds can have the greatest impact
  • Identifying impact risks and opportunities pre-investment
  • Developing tools to measure and optimise impact during an investment
  • Capturing the lessons learned for future investments

External client consulting

Impact+ provides advisory services to a select group of external clients, ranging from investors to governments to charities to corporates. We aim to provide rigorous but practical recommendations that will make a real difference to these organisations – all rooted in Bridges’ 15 years’ experience of the day-to-day realities of investing for impact.

Working across the impact investment value chain, our core areas of expertise are:

Commercial and impact ‘profiling’: Establishing clients’ commercial and impact objectives, as the starting point for reviewing or designing successful portfolios/projects

Market research and analysis: Analysing trends and crafting recommendations

Strategy and portfolio/project design: Advising on how to design a successful impact-driven portfolio/project

KPIs & target-setting: Establishing an appropriate impact measurement system in line with organisational objectives

Metrics, tools, processes & systems: Designing and implementing a fit-for-purpose performance management system, integrating impact assessment and management within teams and workflows

Transaction advice: Designing and reviewing products, including understanding the landscape of advisors and investors

Independent research & analysis

Bridges is committed to growing the wider sustainable and impact investment sector. As such, Impact+ takes on a small number of research projects each year that we believe can contribute to field-building.

Recent topics include a case study of how Skopos Impact Fund developed its impact management framework; a look at the future for outcomes contracts in the UK; an analysis of the investment case for B Corporations; and a paper on how (and why) institutions should start allocating for impact.

See Our Publications

We also train the next generation of global impact investors

The MBA Impact Investing Networking and Training (MIINT) programme

MIINT, which we run in partnership with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, is an experiential programme designed to give students a hands-on education in impact investing. It takes place each academic year and involves over 20 of the world’s top business and graduate schools.

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