Global investment manager Schroders announced the launch of the Emerging Markets Equity Impact Strategy, a new impact fund aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on areas including responsible consumption, health and wellness, sustainable infrastructure, inclusion, and the environment.

The new fund will hold 30-50 emerging markets-based companies, targeting sustainably run companies whose products, services, or activities help to address the social and environmental challenges faced by less developed countries. The Emerging Markets Equity Impact Strategy will be managed by Co-Fund Managers Jonathan Fletcher and James Gotto.

Fletcher said:

“Clients’ interest in understanding the impact of their investment decisions has never been greater. Nowhere is this more important than in emerging markets where the social challenges are often significant and where some countries are at greatest risk from the effects of climate change.”

The new launch builds on Schroders’ expanding suite of impact-focused investment solutions. Earlier this year, Schroders and impact investment manager BlueOrchard launched the Schroder ISF BlueOrchard Emerging Markets Climate Bond fund, a climate-focused UCITs impact strategy targeting positive environmental change in emerging markets, which has already attracted more than $100 million in assets. Earlier this year, the company also announced that it has joined the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world.

Fletcher added:

“Companies in emerging markets are largely at the early stages in their impact and sustainability journey. As active and long-term owners this provides an opportunity for investors to have an impact, further increasing the positive impact that the companies have.”