Multinational companies can have a major influence on peace and stability in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Through the Peace Investment Fund, PeaceNexus helps companies to strengthen their peacebuilding impact by taking on the role of an engaged, long-term shareholder, providing guidance and tailored advice.

Launched in January 2018 by PeaceNexus and the Swiss asset management firm de Pury Pictet Turrettini, the Fund invests in global, listed equities. It represents a milestone in responsible and impact investing as it is the first and only fund aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

The Fund only invests in companies that have a net positive impact according to the Peacebuilding Business Index co-developed by PeaceNexus and Covalence. This ranks the 300 most economically-impactful listed companies in 76 fragile states according to peacebuilding criteria which extend beyond standard environmental, social and governance criteria.

The number of companies in the Fund’s portfolio fluctuates between 30 to 40. After an investment is made, PeaceNexus engages with portfolio companies on a continuous basis at the corporate level, and at a national level in our focus countries. We offer a concise, company-specific Peacebuilding Assessment to map the company’s contributions to SDG 16, and peacebuilding more widely, which includes recommendations for policy and operational improvements. We also act as a sounding board to discuss peacebuilding challenges that portfolio companies are facing and, if appropriate, connect them with appropriate expert service providers.

To learn more about the Peace Investment Fund, please see the flyer or Annual Report.

News: The Cadmos Peace Investment Fund is shortlisted for the PRI awards in the category “Active Ownership Project of the Year”. The winner will be announced on 10 September 2019 at the next PRI General Assembly.

The engagement of PeaceNexus with SAP via the Peace Investment Fund was instrumental in raising our awareness about our contribution to peacebuilding and SDG 16. Their solid peacebuilding assessment on SAP provided us with concrete recommendations to further strengthen our contribution.

Will Ritzrau, Director of Sustainability at SAP