Impact Investment
Deploying capital to achieve social impact with a financial return.

Making the world a better place requires resources, and traditional funding models – such as foreign aid, philanthropy, and CSR – each have their own limitations. Some are too short-term, while others are too narrowly focused. But the need for funding is real, and the capital exists. Palladium mobilises private capital to address social issues while generating a financial return for investors.

Impact investing focuses on both developed and developing economies, each with its unique set of challenges. We aim to bridge the gap between aid and impact investments specific to emerging markets. We facilitate the flow of capital into impact investment opportunities by capitalising on Palladium’s unique visibility across numerous development projects, emerging markets and sectors.

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    Direct Investing

    Palladium’s investment portfolio is sourced from our work around the world by our dedicated team of investment professionals. Our global reach helps us to source viable impact investment opportunities, and each investment is financed through a discrete pool of Palladium capital alongside that of experienced third-party investors.

    With a mind to efficiency, we maintain a regular dialogue with other investors in our ecosystem – including incubators, accelerators and other co-investors – to identify and share opportunities. We target ventures that generate both financial and social returns in emerging markets where we have an established footprint and that operate within sectors in which we have a deep knowledge and expertise.

    Our investment mandate has the following key criteria:

    • Sectors where Palladium has an existing track record and in-house expertise;
    • Geographies where Palladium is active with a significant in-country presence; and
    • For-profit companies with an operating history of at least 2 years and currently generating revenues.

    Our in-house sector knowledge in fields such as agriculture, environment, healthcare, water and sanitation, and governance is used to facilitate investment, and we coordinate with our in-house monitoring and evaluation practice to evaluate the social impact of our investments.

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    Capital Advisory

    Palladium’s Capital Advisory arm, Palladium Impact Capital (formerly Enclude), connects clients with the capital they need to finance their growth. Our investor base includes public, private, and philanthropic sources, and the transactions we arrange create opportunities that generate both social impact and financial returns.

    Typical clients include:

    • Financial institutions or funds seeking capital to invest in products and services aimed at un(der) served markets
    • Companies seeking funding to scale up their manufacture or distribution of new products and services for these markets
    • Companies and financial institutions seeking advice on capital strategies
    • Investors looking to sell stakes in companies or financial institutions or seeking other corporate finance opportunities
    • Investors requiring transaction-related services such as on-site due diligence, guide valuations or fund servicing
    • Investors, institutions and companies seeking thought-leadership and guidance on impact investing and related corporate finance issues

    Our in-depth knowledge of local markets, extensive experience in corporate finance and access to global investor networks help clients grow, prosper and contribute to emerging economies in effective and socially responsive ways.

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CASE STUDY: Women-Owned Shea Butter Company