IDB Invest is considering an equity investment of up to US$10 million in Vinci Impact and Return IV (“VIR IV” or the “Fund”), an impact investment fund created to provide growth equity for small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) in Brazil, with a focus on less developed regions. Following a triple bottom-line strategy, the Fund will seek market-level returns while deliberately seeking measurable socioeconomic impacts in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) and enhancing environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.
The Fund’s impact strategy will primarily consist of (i) seeking to invest in less developed regions of Brazil, where access to capital and know-how is limited and/or (ii) focusing on companies where there is a clear impact embedded in its business model. Moreover, the Fund will invest in sectors and themes that cover determined SDGs, making VIR’s impact framework adherent to the United Nation’s development guidelines. Additionally, VIR IV will partner with entrepreneurs that values impact as a mean of operating their businesses and generating value and will target companies and business in which a reliable impact measurement and monitoring framework application is possible on a continuous basis.