As a leading infrastructure manager across Africa, central to AIIM’s investment objectives and processes is our commitment to responsible investment. AIIM is committed to fulfilling fiduciary duties as the custodian of shareholders’ and beneficiaries’ long-term interests. In this regard, we consider the incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into our investment and ownership processes to support the pursuit of creation of positive futures and obtaining sustainable, superior risk-adjusted returns for our clients.

Creation of positive futures:

We look to create positive futures for those affected by our investments. This means going beyond a focus on returns, and actively seeking out opportunities where we can create value through positive sustainability outcomes. Positive futures include a better standard of living for affected communities, better education, better employment opportunities and responsible stewardship of ecosystems in which we operate.

Sustainable, risk-adjusted returns:

Through the integration of ESG into our investment processes, AIIM undertakes a holistic risk management approach. We strive for sustainable returns (achievable over the longer term) and we calibrate risk-adjusted returns (factored in ESG risks and requirements to achieve ESG performance).

Our pledge to responsible investment commits AIIM to:

  • the integration of ESG factors into investment decisions;
  • acting as a responsible steward of assets;
  • playing an active responsible investment leadership role in Africa;
  • managing conflicts of interests;
  • collaborating with co-investors on material ESG issues; and
  • annual disclosure regarding our responsible investment progress.

Positive impact: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals, which act as successor to the Millennium Development Goals. The SDGs were adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit 25-27 September, 2015 in New York. The SDGs are now considered the global goals for sustainable development and investment.

AIIM’s approach to achieving sustainable, risk-adjusted returns casts the risk management net wide through our ESG Management System process, but focuses on key SDGs to create positive futures for those affected by our investments. This focus allows us to drive toward meaningful, positive impact outcomes for ourselves, our investors and communities in which we operate.