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An investment in fast and flexible loans improves business opportunities for Indian entrepreneurs.

In India, small businesses and the unorganized informal sector account for a large part of the population. They employ more people, drive more innovation, and foster greater competition. You just can’t deliver these kinds of double bottom-line responsible outcomes from 8,000 miles away.


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With its rapidly expanding middle class, India is on track to become the third largest consumer market in the world. Despite this it can be challenging for entrepreneurs to get a business loan from an Indian bank.

The Nuveen Private Markets impact investing team saw an opportunity to support an underserved part of the Indian economy – medium-sized enterprises, whose access to venture capital is most constrained – while pursuing an attractive, stable return to institutional clients. The opportunity was through a private equity investment in a non-banking lender offering fast and flexible working-capital loans to Indian entrepreneurs.


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Global Real Estate Sustainability Initiative (GRESI) and Benchmark (GRESB)

An investor-driven organization that assesses the sustainability performance of real-asset-sector portfolios and assets in public, private and direct sectors worldwide. The index offers environmental, social and governance data, scorecards, benchmark reports and portfolio analysis tools.


A responsible investing factor dealing with management structure, board accountability and independence, executive compensation, audits and internal controls and shareholder rights. See environmental, social and governance (ESG) .


Generally refers to the consideration of climate change and environmental impacts in portfolio construction, i.e., investments in clean tech, renewable energy and energy efficiency. See responsible investing – other RI approaches .

Green bond

A fixed income security developed to fund a project that has positive environmental and/or climate outcomes.

Human capital management

A comprehensive set of practices for recruiting, managing, developing and optimizing an organization’s human resources.

Human rights

Moral principles or norms that describe standards of human behavior and are protected as natural and legal rights in municipal and international law.


Intentionally seeking positive environmental and social outcomes alongside financial returns through investing practices across asset classes. See responsible investing .

Low carbon

Seeking to lower a portfolio’s overall carbon footprint by favoring companies with lower current carbon emissions, no fossil-fuel reserves, or other green investments. Low-carbon strategies may satisfy clients seeking “fossil-fuel-free” and “green” investments. See responsible investing – other RI approaches .

Low-carbon economy

An economy based on low-carbon power sources that has a minimal output of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the biosphere, but refers specifically to the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. The Paris Agreement commits to the transition to a global low-carbon economy over the next 30 years, which many believe will bring substantial benefits both for developed and developing countries and avoid catastrophic climate change.


Information that is of the greatest significance in the investment decision-making process. Increasingly, ESG issues are being viewed through a materiality lens.

Net-zero carbon

Achieved by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset. Typically the term is used in relation to buildings. A net-zero carbon building is highly energy efficient and fully powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources. The World Green Building Council states that all buildings will need to be net zero carbon by 2050 to meet the Paris Agreement.3

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Investing involves risk; principal loss is possible.

1 Syzygy Consulting, 2018.

2 www.nuveen.com/how-we-invest-in-farmland

3 www.worldgbc.org/thecommitment

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