Madrid, May 21, 2019.- The Compañía Española de Financiación del Desarrollo, COFIDES, S.A., S.M.E., has taken part on the European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI) Annual Meeting in which a new initiative to deepen cooperation on responsible financing requirements and impact measurement has been launched.

The European DFIs jointly manage a portfolio of app. $50 billion of impact-oriented investments in emerging and frontier markets. They will work on an accelerated time schedule towards common definitions and methods to measure impact on SDGs, with a focus on key impacts to which private sector enterprises contribute, including gender equality, job creation, reduced inequality, and fighting climate change.

There are currently many different approaches to measuring the development impact of investments in countries where the needs are greatest. Harmonising these approaches will give a clearer picture of the actual progress. This exercise is also necessary to bring more private investors into the impact investing industry. The EDFI harmonisation initiative represents a concrete step towards a common approach to measuring impact, and comes one month after 12 European DFIs, COFIDES among them, became first-adopters of the global Operating Principles for Impact Management.

INFORMATION ON DEVELOPMENT IMPACT ACHIEVED

The initiative will facilitate the development of common, non-financial accounting standards by which investors and enterprises will report on development impact achieved. Once in place, the European DFI’s will be able to attribute depth, transparency and meaning to the economic, environmental and social impact of their investments, and to understand the progress they’re making as a group.

Impact investment enhances risk, return and impact to the benefit people and the planet they inhabit. It does so by setting social and environmental objectives alongside financial ones. Governments across Europe government rely of their DFIs to be role models for private impact investment into the countries and sectors in greatest need of support to reach the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement. This initiative will ensure that EDFI members remain re front-runners in this industry.

The European DFIs have long been at the forefront of responsible financing for sustainable development. We now build on our long experience as impact investors with strong commons commitments on effective measurement of impacts towards the SDGs,” explains Bruno Wenn, Chairman of EDFI.

“In addition to risk and profitability, we also take into account the impact when financing projects", explained COFIDES Chairman, José Luis Curbelo. "We are committed to fostering the business and financial ecosystem necessary to achieve SDGs through impact investment. To this end, it is necessary to advance in the harmonization of the measurement of the effects on the SDGs," he added.

“This EDFI initiative will work on an accelerated time line and we will share the first outcomes and lessons learned with the impact investment community already at the WB/IMF Annual Meetings later in 2019,” concluded Søren Peter Andreasen, CEO of EDFI.

More information about the initiative:

EDFI Principles for Responsible Financing of Sustainable Development

EDFI Resolution on Gender Smart Investing

Operating Principles for Impact Management