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Empowering Change 
on the frontlines of health

Investing in purpose-driven entrepreneurs

Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.*

There is growing evidence that impact investment has become increasingly relevant in today’s economic setting as social challenges have mounted while public funds in many countries are under pressure. Grant making is no longer a sustainable option on its own, and new approaches are needed for addressing social and economic challenges, including new models of public and private partnership which can fund, deliver and scale innovative solutions from the ground up.*

The expectation of the millennial generation has accelerated the growth of social entrepreneurship with more people seeking innovative solutions to tackle social challenges. Like their technology predecessors in the early 80s, these new social innovators need capital to realize their potential, but often face obstacles in securing investment, due their risk profile, compared to more mainstream organizations.**

In 2015 an impact investment effort was launched to focus on a limited number of investment opportunities over a 5-7 year time horizon, to demonstrate that health & wellness investing in low-resource settings could deliver sustainable impact and a financial return. The investment portfolio is determined by the J&J Trust Board of Directors, following expert counsel from an Impact Advisory Committee.

An initial $15m has been allocated to launch the first phase of the Strategy from which a number of investments have already been made and are starting to show progress. As we move to the next stages in this work we have recognised the need to focus on a number of core geographies to maximize the impact that we can achieve and have identified Kenya as our first key market. A further 2 countries are likely to be selected as we advance this work.

The year ahead will see the benefit of this approach in further laying the foundations for targeted investment across a broad spectrum of purpose driven entrepreneurs.


*Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) 2015 

** OECD, 2015, Social Impact Investment; Building the Evidence Base 


secured for the initial investments

Global opportunity
to partner with
entrepeneurs and
build purpose
driven businesses

Through impact investing, we are discovering a new cadre of talent, partners, and networks that share our goal to address unmet health needs and positively change the trajectory of health

Alice Lin Fabiano, Global Director Social Innovation, J&J Global Community Impact