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BlueMark Practice Leaderboard

Spotlighting market leaders to push the impact investing industry forward.

Introducing BlueMark’s Practice Leaderboard

Collaborating and continuous learning are core tenets of the impact investing industry. In that spirit, BlueMark is committed to spotlighting industry leaders to make it easier for market actors to assess top performers and identify areas for improvement.

The “Practice Leaderboard” was first introduced as a way to highlight impact investors with best-in-class impact management practices. To earn a spot on the Leaderboard, verified investors must receive top quartile ratings across all eight Practice Verification areas within the benchmark for that year. Learn more about the Practice Benchmark and our methodology for the Leaderboard below.

 

BlueMark Practice Leaderboard

The inaugural edition of the Practice Leaderboard was introduced in BlueMark’s third annual Making the Mark report on best practices in impact management. The Leaderboard was updated again in BlueMark’s 2024 Making the Mark report. Click on each investor name to download their most recent verification statement.

Bain Capital Double Impact
VERIFIED April 2023 ASSET CLASS Private Equity IMPACT THEMES
  • Education & Workforce Development
  • Health & Wellness
  • Sustainability
BlueOrchard
VERIFIED Feb. 2024 ASSET CLASS Private and Public Debt, Private Equity, Real Assets IMPACT THEMES
  • Multi-theme
British International Investment
VERIFIED May 2024 ASSET CLASS Private Equity, Private Debt, Funds IMPACT THEMES
  • Productive, Sustainable and Inclusive
Calvert Impact Capital
VERIFIED April 2023 ASSET CLASS Private Debt IMPACT THEMES
  • Access to Community Service
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Climate Change
Circulate Capital
VERIFIED April 2024 ASSET CLASS Private Debt, Private Equity IMPACT THEMES
  • Climate Adaptation & Resilience
  • Climate Change Mitigation
Developing World Markets
VERIFIED March 2024 ASSET CLASS Private Debt, Private Equity IMPACT THEMES
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Gender Equality
Finance in Motion
VERIFIED Oct. 2023 ASSET CLASS Private and Public Debt, Private Equity IMPACT THEMES
  • Green Economy
  • Climate Finance
  • Entrepreneurship & Livelihoods
  • Financial Inclusion
KKR
VERIFIED May 2024 ASSET CLASS Private Equity IMPACT THEMES
  • Multi-theme
LeapFrog Investments
VERIFIED Jan. 2023 ASSET CLASS Private Equity IMPACT THEMES
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Healthcare
  • Climate Solutions
Nuveen Private Equity Impact Investing
VERIFIED June 2022 ASSET CLASS Private Equity IMPACT THEMES
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Inclusive Growth
Schroders
VERIFIED Sept. 2023 ASSET CLASS Private Equity, Public Equity, Public Debt, Private Debt, Infrastructure, Real Estate, Funds IMPACT THEMES
  • Multi-theme
Trill Impact
VERIFIED October 2023 ASSET CLASS Private Equity, Private Debt IMPACT THEMES
  • Multi-theme (SDG-aligned impact)

Our Methodology

To earn a place on the 2024 edition of the Practice Leaderboard, verified investors must have received an Advanced score on four practice areas (Impact Objectives, Impact Due Diligence, ESG Risk Management, and Impact Monitoring) and a rating of High or Above on the remaining four (Portfolio-level Impact Management, Investor Contribution, Impact at Exit, and Impact Review).  This reflects the top quartile scores in the 2024 version of the Practice Benchmark.
    
The Leaderboard is dynamic, meaning that BlueMark will add qualifying clients to the list throughout the year and refresh the list annually based on the updated benchmark and new criteria for that year.
    
Only impact investors that have been verified within the previous two years will be eligible for each year’s Leaderboard to ensure that Leaders are continuously reassessed against the current state of the market amid evolving peer practices.

The BlueMark Practice Benchmark

The BlueMark Practice Benchmark categorizes practice ratings by quartile, providing a mechanism for investors to compare themselves to the current state of practice in the market.

LEARNING
PRACTICE

Learning Practice represents the bottom quartile of our sample (25th percentile and below)

MEDIAN
PRACTICE

Median Practice reflects the impact management practices of the median impact investor in our sample (50th percentile).

LEADING
PRACTICE

Leading Practice represents the top quartile of our sample (75th percentile and above).

Practice areas
Principle 1 1.Impact objectives
Principle 2 2.Impact management
Principle 3 3.Investor contribution
Principle 4 4.Impact due diligence
Principle 5 5.ESG risk management
Principle 6 6.Impact monitoring
Principle 7 7.Impact at exit
Principle 8 8.Impact review