Inclusion [Africa]

Inclusion [Africa] promotes financial and social inclusion throughout Africa by providing independent and socially-conscious financial and social performance assessments and advisory services to organizations on the continent striving to make a positive contribution toward a more sustainable society.

Inclusion [Africa] Ltd. is the first African-based social impact rating agency. Established as a social enterprise, its mission is to promote financial and social inclusion throughout the continent. It does so by providing performance assessments and impact ratings to organizations in the region whose own missions and corporate objectives include, wholly or in part, the goal of promoting social responsibility and financial inclusion.

As part of Inclusion [Social Ratings] (“I[SR]”), Inclusion [Africa] has primarily social objectives and its profits are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community. It is driven by the desire to maximize the financial and social return to all stakeholders in the company. Operating itself as a social enterprise, Inclusion uses business solutions to achieve public good, and has a distinct and valuable role to play in helping create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive economy.

Inclusion’s prime mission is to promote financial and social inclusion by providing independent and socially-conscious financial and social performance ratings, environmental, social & governance ratings (“ESG”) and advisory services to organizations striving to make a positive contribution toward a more sustainable society.

Our primary aim is to enable individuals, institutions and businesses throughout Africa, through ratings and social performance assessments, to use finance more consciously in ways that benefit local communities, the economy and the environment, and that promote sustainable development.

Inclusion’s primary market activities are to rate entities, such as Microfinance Institutions, Social Enterprises, Financial Institutions, Corporates and to rate financial instruments, such as Social Impact Bonds, Green Bonds and Development Impact Bonds; or any entities or their securities, whose business model or objectives include a significant commitment to promoting a social and environmental benefit.

In addition to social assessments and ratings. Our other products and services include advisory, training and risk management for socially-responsible and socially-focused organizations. Specific rating products include, Social Performance Assessments, Social Responsibility Ratings, Social Impact Ratings and Corporate Governance Ratings.

Inclusion has developed its own proprietary social impact rating methodology for assessing social enterprises, socially responsive corporations, social impact bonds (SIBs), and development impact bonds (DIBs). All its ratings and assessments are internationally comparable, based upon transparent and easily understood methodologies and criteria.