Zürich, 27 September 2021 – With a highly successful Social Bond launched earlier this year and an attractive product pipeline driven by the market demand for sustainability, responsAbility Investments’ growth strategy is working. In the view of this development and the ambitious growth plan the company presented earlier this year, responsAbility has initiated the search for a majority shareholder who is aligned with the impact investment firm’s sustainability values and who wishes to engage in the firm’s vision for growth on a global scale.
Driven by heightened awareness of topics at responsAbility’s core, such as ESG issues, food systems and climate change, the momentum for investment has increased as more and more investors care about the impact of their engagement. This also follows on the heels of investor interest expanding beyond ESG, to further clearly establish what is merely “green-washing” and what is true “dark green” investment.
All of responsAbility’s funds are categorized by the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations (SFDR) as Article 9, also known as “dark green”, meaning that all products have a sustainable investment objective. Few asset managers have managed this, as reported by Morningstar, only 3.7% of European funds have been classified as Article 9 “dark green” since March.
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After further analysis of how these market developments could be a catalyst to drive impact investing to greater scale and thus greater achievement towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Board of Directors of responsAbility decided to launch a process to find one or more new shareholders. The new shareholders should help the company to grow into a new era and level-up the reach to clients and investment opportunities.
Reto Schnarwiler, Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented, “responsAbility has become a leading player in impact investing. Our shareholders, most of whom have been supporting us since our inception in 2003, have laid a solid foundation for this success story. Now is the right time to bring in a new strategic shareholder to take the company to the next level.”
Rochus Mommartz, CEO of responsAbility, shared, “I’m proud to see the company flourish and I believe that the best way to the next stage is to build on our deep experience and grow our global impact with new shareholders who have a committed vision for sustainable investing.”
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