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Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to postpone the BlueOrchard Impact Summit. It is still unclear as to how long the current measures will continue. Forward planning and priorities look rather different today compared to just a few weeks ago. With this in mind, and in order to protect the health of all attendees, we have decided to postpone the BlueOrchard Impact Summit to the 29 to 30 September 2021 in Pontresina/St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Thank you for your understanding. We will keep you posted on any new developments in due course. In the meantime, we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.

Impressions from the BlueOrchard Impact Summit 2018

“Wealth without values is only money.”

Boris Collardi – Partner, Pictet Group

“It is still the beginning and that is why this is also a conference in a position of necessity where we need to collaborate not compete.”

Burkhard Varnholt – CIO Switzerland, Credit Suisse

“Each of the SDGs is a difficult goal to achieve. They will be achieved only when every player, including governments, public investors and private investors, become serious, proactive and innovative.”

Tadashi Maeda – Governor and Representative Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

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Why impact investing

Rooted in a paradigm shift, impact investing is revolutionizing how we view investments and development by proving that profit and positive social impact can go hand in hand. As a rapidly growing asset class, impact investing taps into new and creative sources of capital, unlocking the potential to solve today’s most difficult economic, social, and environmental issues.

To that end, impact investing will play a key role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). An interconnected set of 17 goals that call for public and private participants to take action for people and the planet by ending poverty, reducing inequality, protecting the environment and ensuring collective peace and prosperity by 2030.


Population Growth

The world’s population continues to increase at a rapid rate, presenting some significant challenges for sustainable development. This is particularly true as more than half of the projected population growth over the next 30 years will take place in just nine countries. Many of these fastest growing populations are in the poorest countries in the world, creating a moving target for global efforts to eradicate poverty, achieve greater equality, combat hunger and malnutrition and strengthen health and education coverage (SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10).


Climate Change

When it comes to climate action, there is a natural tendency to focus on climate mitigation. However, the current climate emergency also asks for adaptation in order to reduce society’s vulnerability to the negative consequence of climate change. This is particularly important as emerging and frontier countries who have contributed the least to climate change are among the most vulnerable to its effects. There is little that people in these countries can do to mitigate this situation, but how they adapt will be crucial to their survival.

Only five percent of climate finance investments are allocated to adaptation activities, resulting in a considerable investment gap. In order to help vulnerable populations cope with extreme weather events and facilitate cleaner and more resilient economies, we need affordable, scalable and innovative climate solutions to be available and accessible to investors.



Despite extraordinary levels of economic growth over recent years, the gap between the richest and poorest in society has continued to grow. More than 70% of the global population live in a country where income inequality has increased in the last thirty years, while inequalities between other demographic groups are consistent across developed and developing countries.

As the world continues to develop at a rapid pace, these inequalities will only become more pronounced unless decisive action is taken to close the gap and ensure that we ‘leave no one behind’.


Great Acceleration

The exceptional pace and unprecedented acceleration of change means that we are shooting at a moving target. As each of these situations evolves and develops, the action required in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 becomes more significant.

However, as technology and understanding of the issues at hand continues to become more sophisticated, developing nations may be able to bypass some of the more damaging stages of development. Some of the upwards trends that form part of the Great Acceleration methodology, such as telecommunications and urbanisation, have the capacity to create new and more sustainable ways of living. It is these opportunities that we need to collectively identify and invest behind.



Global institutional and private investors such as pension funds, banks, insurances as well as high net worth individuals, family offices and foundations.


Representatives from the public sectors, such as development finance institutions and governments.


Celebrity activists as well as academics and opinion leaders.

headline speakers

We are very proud to welcome world renowned speakers both from the public and private sectors to our Impact Summit. Further information will be announced closer to the date.

headline program

The Summit brings together leaders from around the world who play an active role in ”closing the gap” between emerging markets and the developed world. A small group of decision makers and experts are given the unique opportunity to discuss, exchange, learn from each other’s experience and consequently derive solutions on how to reduce today’s rising inequalities.


Circled by a forest of fragrant pine trees, the mountain village of Pontresina is an idyllic alpine retreat. Pontresina is located at 1,805 metres of altitude, very close to the Bernina Range that features the most famous peaks of the Engadine. The perfect location to focus on the important topics at hand. The BlueOrchard Impact Summit will take place at the Pontresina Convention & Event Centre, the highest-altitude convention centre in Europe. This modern and professionally equipped convention centre is designed to offer a great experience in a relaxing atmosphere. With a stunning view of the mountains, the first sustainable convention centre in Switzerland is the perfect place for our intimate event.

Registration & Hotels

As only a limited number of places are available, we kindly ask you to register for the event as soon as possible. A fee of CHF 900 will grant you access to the whole two-day event.

In order for everyone to have a comfortable stay, we are partnering up with the three following hotels to provide our BlueOrchard Impact Summit attendees with rooms at a reduced rate. Please contact Ms. Ebony Satti to obtain the reduction code.


Grand Hotel Kronenhof Pontresina*****

Located in the heart of the idyllic village of Pontresina in the Swiss Alps, the Grand Hotel Kronenhof offers a unique mix of historic architecture, modern comfort and stunning nature, making it an unrivalled landmark. The comfortable and exclusive rooms as well as the well-equipped Spa provide a majestic view over the glaciers of the Bernina, the charming Val Roseg as well as the surrounding pine and larch forests.

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Hotel Saratz****

Situated at the centre of the picturesque village of Pontresina, Hotel Saratz offers elegant accommodations, a 35,000 square-metre park, a luxurious wellness area, two sun terraces and various sports facilities in an elegant yet cosy atmosphere. A peaceful oasis between nature and design.

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Hotel Walther ****

Hotel Walther in Pontresina offers its guests all the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay. This third-generation family-owned hotel offers world-class restaurants as well as spacious wellness facilities, all this in a stunningly beautiful classic Belle Époque atmosphere, at the heart of the village of Pontresina.

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General Information & Registration:
Ms. Ebony Satti
Head of Investor Relations
M: ebony.satti blueorchard.com
T: +41 44 441 55 50

Media Inquiries:
Mrs. Kathryn Sutton
Head of Communications a.i.
M: kathryn.sutton blueorchard.com
T: +41 22 596 47 69

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About BlueOrchard

BlueOrchard is a leading global impact investment manager and a member of the Schroders Group. The firm is dedicated to fostering inclusive and climate-smart growth in emerging and frontier markets, while providing attractive returns for investors. BlueOrchard was founded in 2001, by initiative of the UN, as the world’s first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments. The firm has built a distinct track record in offering premium impact investment solutions, including credit, private equity, and sustainable infrastructure. Being an expert in innovative blended finance mandates, the firm is a trusted partner of leading global development finance institutions. BlueOrchard has invested to date more than USD 6bn for sophisticated global private and public clients, enabling tangible social and environmental impact. For additional information, please visit: