What can’t be measured can’t be improved – 2021 impact report 

 Global Social Impact Investments (GSII) publishes its annual impact report, which summarises the impact generated by the fund manager during 2021

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Despite the uncertain economic context, impact projects are enjoying an established momentum and companies that include or focus on vulnerable people are growing. The numbers in our latest impact report reflect that profitability can be achieved while offering opportunities to those who, for structural and systemic reasons, have not been able to access them.

In the words of our president and founder María Ángeles León: “If the companies we support succeed, we will succeed, and I believe this achievement will make the world more understandable and friendly for everyone. I am convinced that the understanding and reconciliation we desperately desire today will come from the people with fewer opportunities”.

In 2021, in addition to launching the new Spanish fund (GSIF Spain), we doubled the number of companies invested in the International fund primarily focused on Sub-Saharan Africa (GSIF International). In 2021, 285 companies were analyzed (168 for GSIF International and 117 for GSIF Spain) and 9 were successfully invested (8 for GSIF International and 1 for GSIF Spain).

Our impact results also improved. The average increase in income for our companies’ clients went from 35% to 44%, more than 1,000 jobs were created, the number of people in vulnerable situations reached grew by more than 500,000 compared to the previous year, more than 1,500,000 people received training, and the number of people with access to property increased by 40% compared to 2020.

With 34€ million under management and 6.95€ million invested by the end of 2021, GSII continues to strengthen and contribute, through its two funds, to solving the social problems of the most economically disadvantaged people, improving their livelihoods and promoting entrepreneurial talent, as well as reinforcing the impact ecosystem at the national and international level.

GSII has also set out to strengthen the ecosystem of companies that offer an economically sustainable response to social problems. In this regard, in 2021, the participation of the GSII team in 16 events and 8 publications, 73 press appearances, in addition to the 17 alliances and collaborations generated with stakeholders of the impact ecosystem stand out.

Thanks to our partners and friends who are accompanying GSII on this journey. For teaching us more every day, for sharing knowledge, and because little by little, together, we are making the numbers of this report increase every year, proving that it’s possible to make this world a better place, and that data; assuming that its relevance and pertinence in such a changing world continues to be a challenge, can help us demonstrate this, with rigor and with affection.

Download 2021 Impact Report

About GSI

Global Social Impact Investments SGIIC SAU is an impact investment funds manager that helps investors achieve positive social and environmental impact together with financial returns.

GSI is part of Santa Comba Gestión SL, a family holding that brings together projects promoting freedom through knowledge.

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