Bridges Fund Management (‘Bridges’) has a distinctive approach to responsible investing. Our vision is that our investments will bring social, environmental and economic benefits. This is referenced in our Responsible Investment Policy and detailed on our website. Bridges also has an Ethical Charter and Sustainable Property Policy, published on our website.
Our Property Funds invest in direct property and property-backed operating businesses and we focus on four specific goals or themes (that are common across all our strategies) to help us source and select compelling investment opportunities.
Closely aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, these four themes reflect social and environmental mega-trends that are re-shaping our world: Healthier Living, Future Skills, Sustainable Planet and Stronger Communities. Each represents a cluster of societal outcomes that can be efficiently delivered through a range of investable models.
Within these themes, we look for opportunities where we can deliver positive societal benefits as well as attractive financial returns – be it investment in properties that support SMEs occupiers or provide workspace to secure jobs in areas of high unemployment, building environmentally-friendly care homes to sustain an ageing population, or providing high quality and sustainable lower-cost and affordable housing where it is needed the most.
As such, environmental, social and governance factors have been central to every single investment decision Bridges has ever made. As detailed in our Responsible Investment Policy, we examine every potential deal through an Impact lens (including ESG) – not only to protect against negative externalities, but also to identify areas of opportunity as part of our overall business strategy.