BwB attended bilateral meetings and participated in panels linked to impact investing and private dinners in Davos last week.
BwB’s CEO, Rupesh Madlani, and BwB Managing Director, Alexander Wiese, met with ministers, investors, and stakeholders during these events
Below we share with you the key takeaways from the meetings:
1. It is clear there is a poly crisis with a combination of war in Europe, a surge in energy costs, increased food prices and rising inflation. To move from ‘poly crisis’ to ‘poly solutions’, where interconnected and independent systems are used to address the multiple crises we face, will require scaling different forms of capital to make progress.
2. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused material fracturing of global institutional architecture, and the expectation of further conflict in the coming years has increased in key hot spots across the Globe.
3. The role of “impact investors” is on the rise, driven by an abundance of opportunity to deploy capital to drive societal change. Combining financial returns and impact allows for faster growth in this segment, with the end goal being transformation of the segment from “niche” to mainstream.
4. The emergence of biodiversity markets is likely to grow in 2023. There is the opportunity to learn the lessons of the incremental progress in carbon markets rather than repeat them. The increasingly closer integration between climate, nature, and biodiversity frameworks will be crucial to deliver the largest possible impact.
5. BwB noted significant emergence of investor interest around nature although there remains work to be done to define this asset class and enable optimal function for markets. This includes defining natural assets and creating a policy architecture which allows for value to be measured and for financial returns to be scaled.