Perspectives through infrastructure

Infrastructural development:

A bridge to education, health and prosperity

The primary objective of our infrastructure investments is to create lasting value, both for our investors and for the people living locally. As such, we also assume responsibility for conduct which offers a benefit of systemic importance when social, ethical and environmental aspects are considered and which goes above and beyond fulfilling our investor’s investment targets.

Taking renewable energies as an example, our projects provide urgently needed sustainably generated electricity not only in regional conurbations, but also in rural areas that were previously undersupplied. They allow the emergence of industrial and commercial centres, run machines in the factories and workshops, and thus make a vital contribution to societal development in general. They lay the foundations for economic development and follow-up investments, trigger growth processes and put people in employment right from the construction stage. They offer local farmers additional income in that their crop residue is put to use in our biomass power plants.

The newly acquired purchasing power is increased by additional consumption and generates even more jobs in a region’s economy, skilled trades, retail sector and service industry. Our power plants also generate light for schools and hospitals, make it possible to refrigerate and store food, and provide access to modern communication, thus additionally affording access to knowledge and education.

Furthermore, they play a part in protecting the environment, thereby sustainably improving people’s living conditions. As such, our power plants set benchmarks in terms of energy policy and social sustainability within a region and are therefore a prime example of the vertical integration of infrastructure projects.

In our view Impact Investing is a methodology for driving change through investments.

Matthias Klein, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Center and CEO Europe

Let there be Light

Poorly lit villages. In the handful of buildings where there is light, loud diesel generators can be heard, generating a small amount of electricity at great expense, be it to run the neon lights in a cookshop, the fridge in a food retail store or a solitary light bulb in a residential building. The impact of a latent shortage of electricity is a typical scenario in many parts of Asia, in particular in the more rural regions.

Change and prospects thanks to energy

Our power plants induce fundamental change in this respect, allowing thousands of households to benefit from progress, creating prospects and prosperity, and protecting the air, water and natural resources. Light is thus, proverbially speaking, brought to a region that had previously not enjoyed the benefits of a reliable and affordable electricity supply.

Environment Social Governance (ESG)

In recent years there has been growing recognition of the importance of managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors effectively among companies that operate in the financial services sector. As an investment and advisory firm, ThomasLloyd is directly or indirectly responsible for the savings of millions of beneficiaries worldwide and is therefore fully committed to invest our clients' capital in a responsible manner and integrate ESG factors, alongside commercial and financial factors, into our investment process.

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Thomaslloyd is a Signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

and other Key Responsible Investment Initiatives

ThomasLloyd is committed to investing responsibly. We believe that the integration of material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into our investment process is a core part of our fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of our clients and their beneficiaries. To formally incorporate and systematically integrate ESG factors therefore in this process, we have developed a Socially Responsible Investment Policy, Methodology and Framework.

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ThomasLloyd Foundation –
a helping hand whenever and wherever it is needed

As one of the largest investors in the infrastructure sector in South East Asia, we have a strong sense of affiliation with the local people. Above and beyond our infrastructure projects, we assume a clear responsibility to alleviate hardship, to assist with the establishment of elementary living conditions, and to further lasting social progress.

ThomasLloyd has pooled all its corporate social responsibility activities under the banner of the ThomasLloyd Foundation in two areas of action which best correspond to the regional specificities and requirements.

Electrification of social infrastructure
The foundation is dadicated to the initiation and realisation of concrete “off-grid solutions” in remote and underdeveloped districts, which are not likely to be connected to the elec-tricity grid in the foreseeable future and which without the off-grid solution would therefore be permanently cut off from the benefits of social institutions dependent on electricity (e.g. health centres, clinics and modern educational establishments).

Emergency Relief Activities
In addition the foundation is committed to emergency relief activities – which may include providing direct funding and suitable materials or equipment quickly and without red tape in areas hit by natural disasters, as well as continuous support for regional aid organisations and projects that are dedicated to providing assistance to particular social groups.

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COMMITMENT

As a company that acts holistically, we firmly believe that we have a responsibility towards the people in whose regions we generate added value for our investors. Because our success is founded on these people serving as our employees, suppliers for our biomass power plants, and partners. We therefore provide assistance wherever a helping hand is needed. We are especially delighted that ThomasLloyd employees also launch and oversee social projects independently or with the assistance of ThomasLloyd.

SOCIETY

Our target investment regions are often characterised by structural weaknesses and are predominantly agricultural. Jobs in industry and the skilled trades are rare and major industrial locations are non-existent. The infrastructure is often outdated. And in many cases, these regions are not connected to the major electricity grids – this would put too much of a strain on the national electricity providers.

GENERATING POWER FOR GENERATIONS

This is precisely where decentralised renewable energy power plants come in – electricity is generated where it’s needed, using natural resources and without the need for large-scale cross-country grids. Workers find a wage and bread at the construction sites, while farmers find additional income thanks to their crop residue being put to use in our biomass power plants.

Energy security also offers security of investment. When our power plants are started up, this triggers a process in which new industrial parks, small-business centres and commercial hubs are established, thousands of permanent jobs are created, income is generated and consumption is facilitated.

Sustainably generated electricity opens up education opportunities. Schools are electrified and modern teaching methods make their way into the education system. Teachers make the most of the teaching benefits of computers, and the schoolchildren still have light in the evenings, allowing them to learn. The Internet offers access to global knowledge. Our projects create far-reaching benefits – for the entire region and for many generations.

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