Mapre launches fund investing in inclusion

Insurance company Mapre is launching the Mapre Inclusión Responsable – an investment fund which invests in European companies which actively seek to include disabled people within their workforces.

By combining profitability with social impact, the fund (thought to be the first of its kind) is being launched in France and marketed throughout the rest of Europe by the end of this year.

Mapre Inclusión Responsable will combine the search for financial profitability with social impact by investing primarily in companies who are leaders in employing people with disabilities. The methodology is based on 40 vital questions, developed by Mapre AM and its French ESG focused associate, fund manager La Financiere Responsable (LFR). This on-going research has so far identified around 150 companies – some 25 per cent of the total - as being either leaders in this field or committed to becoming so.

Testing by Mapre’s asset management team shows that over the past five years the portfolio of companies selected for inclusion would be four times more profitable than the market as a whole, so providing a compelling investment thesis.

President Antonio Huertas said, “Our research has identified that companies committed to disability, have proved to be profitable, financially stable and therefore more sustainable than their competitors. We have therefore concluded that investing in such companies is not only positive for investors but is positive for society as a whole.”

Mapre has also joined SpainSIF, counterpart to UKSIF, to promote responsible investment in Spain – and it is a signatory to the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI).

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