German insurer Barmenia selects Schroders Capital to manage €100 million private assets impact mandate

  • Schroders Capital establishes multi-private assets portfolio for German insurer Barmenia classified as Article 9 under the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR)
  • Mandate aims to target specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Schroders Capital today announces it has been chosen by Barmenia, a German insurance company, to manage a €100 million multi-private assets impact portfolio.

The portfolio, which will be classified as Article 9 in accordance with the EU’s SFDR regulations, will be composed of impact-focused investments in private equity, sustainable infrastructure and climate insurance. The sustainability and impact objectives will be key across the whole portfolio and be reinforced by investments into two funds managed by impact investment pioneer BlueOrchard, part of the Schroders Group.

The portfolio will aim to be fully invested within the next 36 months.

Andreas Eurich, Chairman of the Board of Management of Barmenia, commented:

"We are sustainable by conviction. We translate this focus into financing innovations and long-term investments in sustainable financial markets. We are very proud to have reached another milestone in our commitment to sustainability with our first impact mandate of this kind."

The mandate aims to make a positive contribution to climate change, resource efficiency and the fulfilment of a number of the United Nations' SDGs. Of the total 17 SDGs, this mandate aims to meet the following in particular:

  • Number 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation)
  • Number 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy)
  • Number 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure)
  • Number 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities)
  • Number 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production)
  • Number 13 (Climate Action)

As a result of the mandate with Schroders Capital, Barmenia is further expanding its commitment in the area of sustainability. Recently, rating agency Assekurata certified the insurer's very good sustainability performance and awarded it a rating of AA (very good) for its new ESG rating procedure.

Georg Wunderlin, Global Head of Private Assets at Schroders Capital, commented:

"We are delighted that Barmenia has placed its trust in us as we look to support their efforts in making the German economy more sustainable. Schroders Capital aims to invest in attractive companies that make a positive contribution to climate change and resource efficiency.

"With our multi-private assets platform, we not only offer a diversified private assets approach, but can also provide customised solutions to our clients.

“Schroders Capital's mission is to develop sustainable solutions for clients tapping into a broad range of private market strategies, managed by our specialist teams with long-standing track records. Alongside deep expertise in private equity and infrastructure, BlueOrchard is an impact specialist with over 20 years of experience that we will draw on for this mandate. We are pleased to once again demonstrate our expertise with this mandate."

Carola Schroeder, member of the Barmenia Management Board, commented on the cooperation with Schroders Capital:

"Sustainability is an important part of our business and corporate culture. We want to contribute to making investments sustainable, so that the transformation to a climate-friendly economy and society as a whole can succeed. With this investment, we are also proving once again that sustainability is not at the expense of returns. By agreeing this impact mandate, we are continuing to systematically develop our existing ESG strategy, which we are also making more measurable. With Schroders Capital, we have a partner that can support us in achieving our goals with its impact investing expertise."

Maria Teresa Zappia, Head of Sustainability and Impact at Schroders Capital, Chief Impact & Blended Finance Officer, Deputy CEO of BlueOrchard, added:

"The design of this mandate goes far beyond sustainability and impact as a regulatory requirement. Together with Barmenia, we have created a portfolio that strives for sustainability and impact across different themes and asset classes, pursuing both social and environmental objectives focused on people and the planet. Measuring and managing positive change are at the heart of our collective efforts to actively incorporate sustainability and impact into this private markets portfolio."

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