How do we know our programs, grants, and investments are having the intended social and/or environmental impact? Without examining both quantitative and qualitative data, the best we can hope for are unsupported assumptions.
SK2 Fund is improving our measurement and reporting of social and environmental impact. We use an impact measurement framework based on the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Beyond broad philosophical alignment with all 17 of these goals, we prioritize and measure metrics for the 7 mission-aligned SDGs shown below. For recent program and impact investment reporting, please have a look at our 2022 Annual Report and 2022 Endowment Impact Report by clicking on the images below.
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
SK2 is supporting smallholder farmer-driven sustainable and regenerative agriculture and the movement away from corporate monocultures. To succeed, smallholder farmers also need to become more profitable. Investments, grants aligned with SDG 2 seek to integrate both objectives.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Gender equality is a core part of our mission and cuts across all of our programs, grants and investments. We seek to level the playing field for women in access to employment, leadership opportunities, and access to investment capital. We prioritize support for women entrepreneurs working on all of the above issues.
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
We support the global transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Our focus is supporting access to clean energy resources for disadvantaged populations without electrical grid access (aka off-grid or last mile distribution). Projects must demonstrate both economic and quality of life benefits for customer beneficiaries.
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
SK2 supports grassroots entrepreneurship and small businesses through a combination of grants, loans, and endowment investments. We prioritize support to ventures combining inclusive, quality employment & leadership opportunities for women and other disadvantaged populations.
Reduce inequality within and among countries
We specifically seek to contribute to bridging the wide gap in access to investment capital for entrepreneurs of color. We also support businesses creating improved leadership opportunities for the same, as well as enhanced wages, benefits, and shared ownership options.
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Environmental sustainability is core to SK2’s mission. We support this primarily by investing in environmentally responsible small businesses demonstrating commitment to improving environmental practices in their core business models, such as reducing pollution and waste, recycling and converting by-products into sustainable and beneficial products, and sourcing more sustainable raw materials.
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
The SK2 family has a long history supporting terrestrial conservation efforts focusing on preventing deforestation and land degradation through conservation and sustainable land management.