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OP Finnfund Global Impact Fund I raised EUR 76 million in the first round of funding

OP Finnfund Global Impact Fund I raised EUR 76 million in the first round of funding. As the first Finnish impact fund to invest in emerging markets, the fund targets significant sustainability impacts in addition to profits. The fund made its first close on 17 June 2020. For example, Finland’s Church Pension Fund, Security Trading […]

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Impact study highlights the transformative nature of jobs in one of the poorest counties in Kenya

Creating and supporting decent jobs is Finnfund’s key objective. A study by Niras Kenya on Socio-Economic Impact of Lake Turkana Wind Power in Marsabit highlights the transformative nature of jobs in one of the poorest counties in Kenya. The study found that with a job at the company, employees’ incomes more than doubled to nearly EUR 900 […]

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Sustainable cities need clean air – and investments to make it a reality

Kenneth Söderling

Sustainable development goal 11 aims to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. It is not a matter of small scale, as more than half the world’s population lives in cities. By 2030, it is projected that 6 out of 10 people will be urban dwellers. One of the main problems in cities, is the […]

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Finnfund made a record number of investment commitments in 2019

In 2019, Finnfund made a record 29 investment decisions with a total value of 237 million euros. Our investment assets grew by 13% to 557 million euros. The investments focused on high-impact projects in low income countries, particularly in Africa, which is fully in line with Finnfund’s strategic goals. At the same time, we were […]

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Finnfund’s alignment with Operating Principles for Impact Management

Finnfund was one of the first signatories to the Operating Principles for Impact Management and still is the only Finnish company among its over 90 signatories. Principle 9 requires the signatories to publicly disclose their alignment with the Principles. Finnfund is pleased to disclose its statement for public scrutiny. From impact measurement to impact management […]

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Sustainable teak and cocoa plantation in Nicaragua scores top impact points

A project to expand FSC certified teak and UTZ certified cocoa plantations in the rural Siuna region of Nicaragua scores exceptionally high points in Finnfund’s development impact assessment. The high score is based on the project’s contribution to carbon capture, protection of fauna and curbing deforestation as well as the various social impacts, such as […]

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Finnfund’s Impact Report 2018 now available

Finnfund has published its annual Impact Report that collects the development impact of the portfolio for year 2018. The report concludes for example that Finnfund’s direct investments supported 56,000 jobs, produced 6,500 GWh clean energy, sequestrated 517,000 tons of carbon dioxide (tCO2) and produced 25 million chicken. Connecting two large wind power plants, Lake Turkana […]

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Finnfund invests new government loan fully in gender and climate projects

The Finnish government has granted Finnfund a loan of 210 million euros from the state budget for 2018 and 2019 (read foreign ministry press release). Finnfund will invest the full amount in climate action and women’s empowerment in developing countries. “With this government loan, we can invest over 100 million euros in companies that boost […]

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2X Challenge: G7 development finance institutions mobilize close to USD 2.5 billion to global women’s economic empowerment

One year after the launch of the 2X Challenge at the G7 Charlevoix Summit, development finance institutions (DFIs) of the G7 countries have already mobilized USD 2.47 billion in gender-smart investments. With new members having joined the challenge and a set of criteria defining what it means to invest in women, the momentum to advance […]

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OP and Finnfund to establish Finland’s first global impact fund

OP and Finnfund will establish Finland’s first impact fund that will invest into emerging markets. The OP Finnfund Global Impact Fund I will promote the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in a measurable way while providing an attractive return for investors. As a new type of fund in the Finnish market, OP Finnfund […]

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