Global macro issues like wealth inequality, mental health, obesity and financial inclusion currently loom large in the minds and hearts of consumers, politicians and the media. In the UK and across Europe these areas have all gained greater attention because of events like Covid-19, climate change, energy prices and the cost of living crisis. Societal challenges are unquestionably getting harder for many vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. But against this backdrop, there’s also a collective drive to tackle these issues like never before.
The venture world is playing an increasing role, with stronger focus being placed on impact investing and ESG – not least because there’s increasing evidence to suggest that impact-oriented businesses drive superior returns. In this two-part blog post series, we’ll unpack our approach to both these areas, kicking things off with Impact.