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Investing for a better tomorrow
Investing for a better tomorrow

On behalf of our clients we invest sustainably in four ways:

  1. All our investment strategies incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors as we believe that  ESG investing should enhance long-term performance. By incorporating ESG factors, our strategies consider the full spectrum of risks and opportunities associated with an investment.

    Read more on the Principles for Responsible Investment’s assessment of our ESG processes.
  2. As an active investor, we engage with portfolio companies and governments to encourage them to address sustainability and improve their ESG performance. We believe strongly in the power of engagement to effect positive change.
    Read more about ESG  and how we advocate.
  3. We offer dedicated investments targeting opportunities arising from the world’s transition to a more sustainable model, giving investors the chance to put their capital at the leading edge of the sustainability revolution.
  4. Our solutions include investments that have a positive impact. Since 2008, our private equity, credit and infrastructure investments have enabled sustainable development in Africa (e.g. our Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, which has helped to transform lives across the continent).

Investments involve risk; losses may be made.

Read our Sustainability Report

Principles for Responsible Investing

We have been a signatory to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2008. As such, our responsible investment practices are assessed annually by the PRI team. Our 2020 scores are shown in the table. Firms are ranked on a performance band from A+ to E.

Download the 2020 PRI Assessment report

Strategy & Governance A+ A
Listed Equity - incorporation A+ A
Listed Equity - active ownership A+ B
Fixed Income - SSA (sovereign) A+ B
Fixed Income - Corporate Financial A+ B
Fixed Income - Corporate Non-Financial A+ B
Private Equity A A
Infrastructure A+ A

For the purposes of disclosure and to encourage industry discussion around best practices in sustainable investing, we publish in full the PRI Transparency and Assessment reports on the Reports section of this page. The PRI assessment methodology can be found at

The six PRI commitments

As a PRI signatory, Ninety One adheres to these principles:


We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.


We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.


We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.


We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.


We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.


We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.

Investing with impact

Our investments in Africa include those that target impact as well as returns.

Founded in South Africa in 1991, today we’re an asset manager with a global presence. But our culture remains rooted in our emerging market beginnings, and in the belief that well-directed investment can transform lives.


Infrastructure is essential for development. We manage and advise the US$1 billion Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), which is part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG). EAIF is a debt fund providing patient capital to infrastructure projects. It mobilises private sector investment into infrastructure in the emerging markets of Africa. To date, 147 million people have benefited from access to new or improved infrastructure supported by EAIF. That infrastructure has created 48,000 direct jobs in construction and nearly 24,000 permanent jobs. It contributes to many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learn more about EAIF

Private equity

Our private equity investments contribute to eight of the SDGs.1 By supporting mid-sized companies, investors in our strategies help to generate decent work and economic growth.


Our credit investments contribute to 10 SDGs.2 They help to establish deeper, sustainable credit markets, facilitating development and creating a viable asset class for investors in Africa.

Real estate

Through our real estate strategies, investors can contribute to transforming cities into engines of growth, creating jobs, supporting capital markets and assisting progress towards three SDGs.1

1 As determined by Ninety One
2 As at September 2019,

Investing in Africa

  • We are one of the largest investors on the African continent.
  • Investment capabilities in African private equity, private credit, infrastructure debt, sovereign debt, real estate, public equity and FX.
  • More than 70 investment professionals focused on Africa.
  • Embedded and dedicated in-house ESG, legal and operational teams.