To deliver on the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), significant capital is needed. When Agenda 2030 was launched in 2014, UNCTAD estimated that annual investments in the range of US$ 5-7 trillion were required to deliver on this agenda. The annual investment gap in developing countries alone was estimated at around US$ 2.5 trillion per year, a gap that today has swelled to US$ 4.3 trillion per year. These financial needs offer a significant opportunity for investors to support the global sustainability agenda. Trill Impact intends to utilize this opportunity in mature as well as developing countries by contributing to solutions through our three investment advisory strategies.
Trill Impact actively supports this agenda. We invest in developed and Emerging & Frontier markets through our three investment strategies – Impact Private Equity, Impact Ventures and Microfinance, all aimed to serve the global development agenda as expressed by the SDGs. A core and common feature of all investment strategies is their strong focus on means of implementation—i.e. mobilising financial resources, capacity-building and technology, as well as data and institutions – where needs are underserved.
Learn more about each of the 17 SDGs:
The 17 SDGs form an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Calls for the eradication of poverty in all its manifestations. It envisions shared prosperity, a basic standard of living and social protection benefits for people everywhere, including the poorest and most vulnerable. The goal seeks to ensure equal rights and access to economic and natural resources.
Seeks to end hunger and malnutrition and ensure access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food. Realising this goal largely depends on promoting sustainable food production systems, as well as increased investment in rural infrastructure and agricultural research and development.
Good health and well-being – Aims to ensure health and promote well-being for all at all ages by improving reproductive, maternal and child health; ending epidemics of major communicable diseases; and reducing non-communicable and mental diseases. It also calls for behavioral and environmental health-risk factors to be reduced.
Quality education – Seeks to ensure access to equitable and quality education through all stages of life, as well as to increase the number of young people and adults having relevant skills for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. The goal also envisages the elimination of gender and income disparities in access to education.
Gender equality – Aims to achieve gender equality by ending all forms of discrimination, violence and any harmful practices against women and girls in the public and private spheres. It also calls for the full participation of women and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of political and economic decision-making.
Clean water and sanitation – Calls for ensuring universal access to safe and affordable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, and ending open defecation. It also aims to improve water quality and water-use efficiency and to encourage sustainable abstractions and supply of freshwater.
Affordable and clean energy – Calls for ensuring universal access to modern energy services, improving energy efficiency and increasing the share of renewable energy. To accelerate the transition to an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy system that fulfils these demands, countries need to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology and to promote investment in resource- and energy-efficient solutions and low-carbon energy infrastructure.
Decent work and economic growth – Recognises the importance of sustained economic growth and high levels of economic productivity for the creation of well-paid quality jobs, as well as resource efficiency in consumption and production. It calls for opportunities for full employment and decent work for all alongside the eradication of forced labor, human trafficking and child labor, and the promotion of labor rights and safe and secure working environments.
Industry, innovation and infrastructure – Calls for building resilient and sustainable infrastructure and promotes inclusive and sustainable industrialization. It also recognises the importance of research and innovation for finding lasting solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges.
Reduced inequalities – Addresses inequalities within and among countries. It calls for nations to reduce inequalities in income as well as those based on age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status within a country. The goal also addresses inequalities among countries, including those related to representation, and calls for the facilitation of orderly and safe migration and mobility of people.
Sustainable cities and communities - Aims to renew and plan cities and other human settlements in a way that offers opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and green public spaces, while reducing resource use and environmental impact.
Responsible consumption and reduction – Envisions sustainable production and consumption based on advanced technological capacity, resource efficiency and reduced global waste. It calls on researchers, businesses and policy to develop sustainable production methods and promotes responsible consumption among consumers.
Climate action – Seeks to implement the commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and deliver on the Green Climate Fund. It aims to strengthen countries’ resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and the resulting natural disasters with a special focus on supporting least-developed countries.
Life below water - Aims to protect and ensure the sustainable use of oceans. This includes the reduction of marine pollution and the impacts of ocean acidification, the ending of overfishing and the conservation of marine and coastal areas and ecosystems. SDG 14 has strong interdependencies with a broad range of other SDGs, as oceans sustain coastal economies and livelihoods and contribute to food production, while at the same time functioning as a sink for land- and sea-based pollution.
Life on land – Seeks to protect, restore and promote the conservation and sustainable use of terrestrial, inland-water and mountain ecosystems. This includes efforts to sustainably manage forests and halt deforestation, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, halt biodiversity loss and protect threatened species.
Peace, justice and strong institutions – Calls for peaceful and inclusive societies based on respect for human rights, protection of the most vulnerable, the rule of law and good governance at all levels. It also envisions transparent, effective and accountable institutions.
Partnership for the goals – Calls for a global partnership for sustainable development. The goal highlights the importance of global macroeconomic stability and the need to mobilise financial resources for developing countries from international sources, as well as through strengthened domestic capacities for revenue collection. It also highlights the importance of trade for developing countries and equitable rules for governing international trade. SDG 17 furthermore emphasises the importance of access to science, technology and innovation, in particular internet-based information and communications technology.