Need for sustainable development

The United Nations defined 17 goals and 169 targets, a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future by 2030. A universal, multi-stakeholder approach has been adopted by all 193 United Nations member states on 25 September 2015. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals cover issues across poverty, inequality, climate change, and infrastructure.

We, at IvyCap Ventures, are of the opinion that investing through UN's Sustainable Development Goals or SDG investing will enhance the returns of our portfolio companies further while making us the first VC to integrate the concept of SDG in VC investing. Our Global IIT Alumni Network helps our current and potential portfolio companies pave the way to sustainability.

    Integrating SDGs into business strategy protects against:

  • Operational risks from environmental and societal change
  • Regulatory changes as governments enact policies to achieve SDGs
  • Reputational risks from potential negative impacts

Companies that are sustainable have great potential for profitability, job creation and show a greater resilience and ability to recover from economic crises, climate disasters and recessions. This is because sustainable development can help mitigate business risks from potential disruption of operations, supplies or reputational damage.

Sustainable Portfolios also have an advantage in terms of compliance, regulatory requirements, and access to government subsidies. There is also an increasing availability of funds for sustainable portfolios and impact investments from investors around the world, as people are realizing the merits of conducting business sustainably.

Sustainable Portfolios also have an advantage in terms of compliance, regulatory requirements and access to government subsidies. There is also an increasing availability of funds for sustainable Portfolios thereby impacting investments from investors around the world.

As investors are realising the merits of conducting business sustainably we at IvyCap Ventures believe that we can leverage our Global IIT Alumni Network, to help our Current and Potential Portfolio companies pave the way to sustainability. The IIT Alumni network will be particularly helpful in this as there is a need for a global network to tackle the major problems that we face today.

We have already started mapping our current portfolio companies to the SDG’s and have identified indicators that the companies can use to measure and improve their level of sustainability.

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