We invest our clients' capital in many areas that the UN's Agenda for Sustainable Development seeks to address by 2030, while targeting a balanced financial, social and environmental return.
What We Do
Our primary investment sectors
Our activities and associated impact metrics align with most UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) while five SDGs are specifically at the heart of everything we do.
To help us attain the widest social and environmental impact we focus your investment capital on three core sectors:
Inclusive finance (€ 815M in 2016)
Around 2 billion adults (38% of total) in the world still lack access to the basic financial services they need to grow their own income-generating activities and build a path out of poverty.
The problem is particularly marked for women. Oikocredit targets these issues by providing loans, equity and other support to inclusive finance enterprises (including microfinance institutions, social banks and co-ops), placing particular emphasis on women’s economic empowerment & rural communities.
Smallholder agriculture (€ 157M in 2016)
Around 1 in 4 of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas, relying on smallholder agricultural activities to meet their daily needs. 70% of the world’s agricultural production comes from these smallholder farmers who are also most at risk from the impacts of climate change on their crops as well as volatile pricing and unfair competition.
As one of Oikocredit’s strategic growth priorities, we support these people by providing finance and technical assistance to agricultural co-operatives, fair trade producers, suppliers and distributors. We place particular emphasis on ensuring that they can secure fairer, more robust positions in the value chain and build greater resilience in the face of climate change and other obstacles.
Affordable, renewable energy (€ 40M in 2016)
Around 1.2 billion people world-wide live without access to clean, affordable energy, and around 4 out of 5 live in rural, often remote, off-grid areas.
As another strategic growth priority for Oikocredit, we use your capital to invest in ventures that provide renewable energy in underserved regions in a way that is economically, socially and foremost environmentally sustainable. We target off-grid renewable projects in particular.