Calvert Impact Capital enables all investors to finance organizations that strengthen communities, increase access to capital, and address climate change. In doing so, we help develop the infrastructure needed to move more money from investors to high impact organizations around the world.
Our Annual Impact
87 million clients served, 70% women
24.4 million metric tons CO2 reduced
100+ borrowers in 108 countries
Ali is a recent refugee from Afghanistan with great hopes for his future in his newly adopted country. Ali faced multiple hardships along with a cohort of fellow refugees; his dream of a better life seemed to be slowly slipping away. Soon, the refugee program that had settled him in the US was no longer able to assist him and he needed to ﬁnd a job or move out of his temporary housing. Desperate, Ali attended an info session hosted by CPLC about entering into the construction sector. Eager to learn and earn his way, Ali signed up for a construction OJT opportunity and completed the training over the grueling summer months. With no family and few friends, Ali struggled to make it to work each day via public transit, but through his hard work and dedication was hired full-time with an employer partner of CPLC at more than $17 an hour.
Ali's dedication to his work was not been in vain, as CPLC staﬀ, and even staﬀ from other organizations, took notice and helped him move into a new apartment, while also donating home furnishings and supplies. Over the weekends, CPLC staﬀ have volunteered to teach Ali how to drive. He is also saving money to buy his own car and will soon take his driver's license test. Ali is an inspiration for CPLC staﬀ and a reminder of the impact our work has on the individuals we serve.Read More
The Forest Resilience Bond funds a forest restoration project protecting 15,000 acres of forestland in the North Yuba River, CA watershed using ecologically based tree thinning, meadow restoration, prescribed burning, and invasive species management—all specifically designed to reduce the risk of severe fire, improve watershed health, and protect water resources.Read More
For CJ, finding home was a constant struggle. In a span of only four years, she and her two sons lost their home twice. The buildings they lived in were sold. Each time, CJ had just a month or two to find a new place to live. Later, slumlords and an abusive relationship created havoc for her family again.
Although these setbacks felt immense, CJ didn’t have time to dwell on her situation. She had to be strong and find a new home. CJ found a home at Aeon’s Maryland Apartments. Ultimately, that meant you helped her find sanctuary and peace. Today, CJ says she is truly happy.
“When I was shown my apartment at The Maryland, I cried. I thought, ‘I have a home now. No one will take it away from me.’”Read More
Azure asserts that “water is life,” which is the foundation of their mission to ensure that all communities, especially those living in poverty, have access to clean water.
“From the very first day I received water access, I have been much happier. I bathe often; I water my plants; I keep my house clean; I couldn’t do this before,” says Salvador Ayala, a resident of one of the communities that Azure works with.
“Girls and boys do not waste time fetching water now. They even have more time to study,” concludes one of the board members of the community that contacted Azure, mentioning one of the many benefits of water access.Read More
Eureka Recycling knows that zero waste comes with building and maintaining healthy communities and that zero waste provides solutions to issues for climate change, local economies and environmental justice. As a key piece of a zero-waste strategy, Eureka provides various residential recycling services throughout the Twin Cities. Unique in the industry of recycling, it offers living wages with benefits to all employees and all its drivers are union members. From studies on the impacts of composting, to pioneering education about preventing wasted food, to hosting zero waste community events, Eureka is always pursuing new horizons, challenging assumptions and creating forward-thinking solutions for the benefit of the environment and the community. With a mission to demonstrate that waste is completely preventable, Eureka employs 110 amazing people with living-wage jobs who collect, sort, and market 110,000 tons of curbside recycling ever year. Eureka focuses on maximizing the amount that can be recycled by reducing its residual rate, the amount of collected materials that can’t be sold for recycling and must be thrown away. The national industry average of residual rate is 20%; Eureka’s rate is 9.9%.Read More
Our impact does not end with jobs created, homes built, CO2 reduced, etc. We also assess the impact we have on the market overall and evaluate how we are changing the system through which capital is allocated. We measure and manage our impact in three ways:
Each of our portfolios have specific impact strategies and sector theories of change, and we measure how our work contributes to gender equity , racial justice, and climate solutions across all of our investments. We also assess our contribution to each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We know that standardization and clarity around impact measurement is essential for impact investing to grow. We're proud to align with and contribute to industry-leading best practices for impact management and measurement (IMM). For example, Calvert Impact Capital is a founding signatory to the Operating Principles for Impact Management, we participated in the first Impact Frontiers cohort, and we align our impact framework with the Global Impact Investing Network's (GIIN) IRIS+ system.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a powerful framework for investors looking to achieve impactful, long-term investment results. By investing in our Community Investment Note® or co-lending alongside us in a syndicated facility or small business recovery fund, investors and co-lenders gain access to our portfolio organizations working in a variety of impact sectors.
Our impact continues even after our portfolio partners repay their loans. While these organizations may no longer be in our portfolio, we are always looking for ways to continue to support them, and for now we celebrate their successes and the insights we have gleaned through years (or often decades) of working with them.
The organizations in our portfolio create diverse impacts across 107 countries, including the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. In 2020, 55% of our portfolio was invested in the US and 45% was invested internationally.