Measuring Impact

For us, meaningful impact is measured and managed by a business to enhance the well being of low-income individuals. A strong impact strategy warrants that the company continues to grow and enables them to deliver sustained results over time. Impact measurement and management at Unitus includes collaborating with our portfolio companies to set five-year impact goals and corresponding impact metrics in alignment with their business strategies and operations.

Measuring with IRIS framework

We track impact in three broad categories, using industry standard IRIS metrics, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Social Impact – Number of lives impacted by our portfolio companies’ products and services and no. of formal jobs created for BoP individuals.
  • Financial Impact – Overall revenue generated by our portfolio companies and additional capital raised.
  • Ecosystem Impact – Geographic reach, number of associations with local and global advisors, service providers and strategic partners.

Aligning with
UN SDGs

We have aligned our impact outcomes with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which provide a universal language to communicate impact to a wide range of investors and other stakeholders. This standardized framework lets investors track cumulative progress across each SDG target and assess where capital can best flow to improve people’s lives and the planet while at the same time providing market rate financial returns.

Our portfolio companies’ work aligns with four UN SDGs –