Sustainability strategy

ESG & SDG framework

Our focus on sustainability and making a positive impact for people and the planet runs through everything we do – from the development of our assets to their management over the very long term.

It’s been our driving force since our foundation in 2005. We believe infrastructure that delivers the highest ethical and sustainability standards brings more value to communities and economies, and to our partner investors.

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) and UN SDGs criteria are central to all decision-making. It shapes how we analyse and approach each asset.

Our in-house ESG specialists help define Meridiam’s strategy and provide the tools and expertise to maximise and measure the impact of our work. Meridiam is aligned, accountable and driven to meet the highest ESG standards.

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Measuring impact

SIMPL. (‘Sustainability Impact Measurement Platform’) is an online platform that tracks and monitors the impact of assets against ESG targets and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG).

Created by Meridiam in 2018, this monitoring and management tool is now a Software as a Service (SaaS), commercialized for financial market clients and corporates through an independent company*. Meridiam is now a client of SIMPL., and not the only user of this pioneering impact evaluation solution.

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Sustainable development charter

This charter explains how we apply our values to our organisation and our investment processes. It commits us to:

  • Protect the environment
  • Respect fundamental rights and develop human capital
  • Meet the expectations of the community
  • Value the human capital of Meridiam
  • Apply the rules of good governance

Sustainability risk policy

This policy details the integration of sustainability risks in our investment processes. This is aligned with our Principal Adverse Impact Policy (PAIP), while helping us assess the principal adverse impacts of our investment decisions on sustainability factors, as required by Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).

Our ESG approach highlights how we implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into our ESG framework, as well as our methodology for measuring our ESG and SDG performance.

Embedding the UN SDG framework

We embedded the SDGs into our strategy in 2018. They are fundamental to Meridiam’s long-term investment and asset management philosophy and enshrined in our company by-laws.

The 17 SDGs are targets designed to help governments, businesses and investors transform our world by eradicating poverty and inequality, while protecting the environment for future generations. We have adopted these targets to give clear purpose to our work in transformational infrastructure, benchmarking against the 14 UN SDGs we feel are most relevant. These focus us on the areas where we can make the biggest difference:

  • combating climate change
  • building resilient infrastructure
  • ensuring access to clean and affordable energy for all
  • promoting good work conditions
  • inclusion
  • diversity and gender equality
  • enhancing biodiversity.

Our approach is further supported by a range of international standards, including the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) and The Equator Principles. We also integrate the environmental and social policies of major financial development institutions such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Maximising social and environmental benefits, minimising harm

We always deliver sustainable infrastructure that protects the environment and benefits to the communities. We have never invested in the extraction, processing, or transportation of fossil fuels, and never will. Nor will we invest in infrastructure powered by coal.

We target resilient infrastructure assets that address the needs of local communities and national economies. Through our SDG-focused approach, we create roadmaps that ensure our assets deliver positive benefits in as many ways as possible. From hospitals that are best-in-class in their handling of hazardous waste, to airports that are powered entirely by renewable energy, we consider all the ways our infrastructure can deliver positive impact.

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