About the eco.business Fund

The eco.business Fund is a joint initiative of investors’ intent on supporting the promotion of business and consumption practices that contribute to biodiversity conservation, the sustainable use of natural resources, climate change mitigation and adaptation to its impacts.  

In providing financing to the fund’s target group for investing in activities that conserve nature and foster biodiversity, the eco.business Fund seeks investments that yield both financial and environmental returns.

The financing can be provided directly or through local financial institutions with the capacity to reach the eco.business Fund’s target group, i.e. local enterprises engaged in or intending to engage in business activities related to the fund’s environmental goals.

The eco.business Fund concentrates on the following four types of sustainable activities:

  • Agriculture and agri-processing
  • Fishery and aquaculture
  • Forestry
  • Tourism

In addition, final beneficiaries and local lending institutions can count on high impact technical assistance provided by the eco.business Development Facility.

The eco.business Fund is structured as a public-private partnership (PPP) and based on an innovative multiple tier capital structure, with participation of public investors, multilateral organizations, development finance institutions, NGOs, foundations and private institutional investors.

 

 

Geographical focus

Currently, the eco.business Fund is active in Latin America, a continent hosting some of the megadiverse countries/regions in the world.

Geographical focus

Dedicated financing

Local financial institutions can use the funds provided by the eco.business Fund for onlending to final borrowers holding a certification attesting to their sustainability and contribution to biodiversity, e.g. ASC, FSC®, MSC, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, 4c or GlobalG.A.P.

In addition, financing can be provided for activities which are included in the Fund’s positive list of standard eligible measures or for other individual measures that contribute to the eco.business Fund’s mission.

Different investment instruments for different investors

Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

The eco.business fund is a SICAV-SIF under Luxembourg law, a proven vehicle for development finance funds such as the EFSE, GGF and SANAD.

The Board of Directors appointed by the shareholders is the main decision-making body. Approval of investment proposals submitted by the Advisor is delegated to an Investment Committee appointed by the Board.