Energy, agriculture, finance

Development Impact

responsAbility’s six Impact themes

To demonstrate the impact of development investments, responsAbility has created a framework that is linked to the global agenda of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Economic growth is the most powerful means of reducing poverty and of improving the quality of life of people in developing countries and emerging economies. In 1990, more than 1.8 billion people were living in poverty. This figure had fallen by 35% to 750 million by 2013.

Economic growth can drive positive momentum and open up new opportunities. Strong growth and employment opportunities create greater incentives and opportunities for education. At the same time, they lead to the emergence of a strong and growing group of entrepreneurs and active citizens, thus making a positive contribution towards human development.


From the 17 SDGs to 6 Impact themes

Against this backdrop, the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.

The new framework developed by responsAbility clusters the 17 Global Sustainable Goals into six Impact themes, bringing simplicity to a complex agenda for global change. The six Impact themes convey the purposes of the Global Sustainable Goals clearly and precisely.

The focus is on the role that the economy can play in meeting the SDGs and on the objectives that investors want to achieve through their investments. In this respect, development impact can be

“People in developing countries and emerging economies are seeking access to the same goods and services that people in the rest of the world take for granted.”

Rochus Mommartz, CEO of responsAbility Investments

The 6 responsAbility Impact themes in figures

You can find out more about this topic in our annual publication Perspectives and on our website.