The eco.business Fund

Investing in biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of natural resources, and climate change mitigation and adaptation

Impact
Supported in financing over 856,000 hectares of farmland under sustainable management

Impact strategy
Environmental impact

Investment strategy
Private debt

Assets under management
Sub-fund for Latin America and the Caribbean
USD 631.7 mn
Sub-fund for sub-Saharan Africa
USD 45.3 mn

Website
www.ecobusiness.fund

Initiated in
2014

Initiated by
KfW Development Bank Germany, Conservation International, and Finance in Motion with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Target regions
Latin America, the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa 

SFDR classification
Article 9 fund 

Since 2014, the eco.business Fund has been supporting business and consumption practices that contribute to biodiversity conservation. Via two dedicated sub-funds, the fund provides finance to qualified financial institutions or directly to relevant businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. This financing strengthens companies that work towards improving the sustainable use of natural resources, mitigating climate change, and adapting to its effects. 

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Promoting biodiversity conservation

Funding is targeted at countries that include some of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots and sectors with the opportunity to further improve sustainable practices 

Finance in Motion advises the eco.business Fund, which aims to promote business and consumption practices that contribute to biodiversity conservation, the sustainable use of natural resources, and mitigating and adapting to climate change. 

The fund is active in countries and economic sectors that are particularly dependent on natural resources and substantially affected by climate change. Target regions include Latin America and the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. Investment sectors include sustainable agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, and sustainable tourism.

Potential investees need to implement eligible sustainability standards or engage in the eligible production practices included on a fund-proprietary green list to qualify for investment. 

Our efforts contribute to eight Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), namely Zero Hunger (SDG 2), Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12), Climate Action (SDG 13), Life Below Water (SDG 14), Life Below Land (SDG 15), and Partnership for the Goals (SDG 17).


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eco.business Fund impact

Hectares of farmland under sustainable management (1)

856,000

Hectares of farmland under soil conservation practices supported (1)

416,000

m³ of liquid waste treated or recycled (1,2)

277,000

Indirect jobs supported by end-borrowers receiving financing through partner institutions (1,2)

625,000

People trained (1)

4,100

Volume of loans enabled for sustainable production practices (1)

USD 2,6 bn

Hectares of soil erosion avoided (1,2)

500

Liters of herbicide use avoided (1,2)

134,000

Kilograms of nutrient load avoided (1,2)

819,000

m³ of irrigation water saved (1,2)

4,800,000

People reached through conferences and events (1)

400,000

CO2 stored by (agro-)forestry activities (absolute) (1,2)

23,300,000

CO2 stored by (agro-)forestry activities (net) (1,2)

3,400,000

Share of portfolio allocated to sustainable aquaculture

17%

Hectares of (agro-)forestry promoted (1)

263,000

Hectares of farmland protected from deforestation

377,000

Committed capital

USD 704 mn

Investors

18

Share of private capital committed to the eco.business Fund

42%

Volume of technical assistance projects (1)

USD 6 mn

Technical assistance projects launched (1)

107

Partner institutions (1)

37

 

(1) Cumulative figure since inception.
(2) Figures are modeled by Finance in Motion based on primary reporting and third-party data.

About the eco.business Fund

Contributing to biodiversity conservation

The eco.business Fund enables investors to contribute to biodiversity conservation, the sustainable use of natural resources, and climate change mitigation and adaptation while earning market-based returns. It provides an opportunity to promote systemic change within the financial sector and real sector by supporting sustainable business and consumption practices.

Investors can invest in two separate sub-funds (for Latin America and the Caribbean or sub-Saharan Africa). Both offer tranched capital structures, offering a risk cushion for noteholders provided by subordinated share classes and allowing institutional investors to manage their risk exposure.

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