Project Partners

The Sustainable Returns initiative was convened in 2011 by Batseta (formerly the Principal Officers Association of South Africa), IFC (International Finance Corporation), the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), and the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA).


Formerly the Principal Officers Association (POA), Batseta is a non-profit organisation that looks after the interests of Principal Officers, trustees and fund fiduciaries in the retirement industry in South Africa. For more information, visit

International Finance Corporation

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, IFC uses capital, expertise, and influence, to create opportunity where it’s needed most. IFC’s Sustainability Framework has become a global benchmark for managing environmental and social risk in investments in emerging markets. For more information, visit

IFC and its partners on the Sustainable Returns initiative gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Government of Norway through the Norwegian Trust Fund for Private Sector and Infrastructure (NTFPI).

Government Employees Pension Fund

The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is Africa’s largest pension fund. GEPF has more than 1.2 million active members, in excess of 300 000 pensioners and beneficiaries, and assets worth more than R1 trillion. GEPF is among the leaders in socially responsible investment in South Africa and has been a signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment (UNPRI) since 2006. For more information, visit


The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) represents the majority of the country’s asset managers, collective investment scheme management companies, linked investment service providers, multi-managers and life insurance companies. For more information, visit 


Samantha Jagdessi

Project Manager, Sustainable Returns for Pensions and Society

Wanjiru Kirima

Technical Advisor to Sustainable Returns for Pensions and Society, and Consultant, Sustainable Investing, Sustainable Business Advisory, IFC

Adrian Bertrand

Environmental, Social and Governance Manager at Government Employees Pension Fund of South Africa

Cecilia Bjerborn

Global Product Specialist: Sustainable Investing, Sustainable Business Advisory, IFC

Trevor Chandler

Consultant, Senior Policy Advisor, Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA)

Anne Marie d’Alton

CEO,Principal Officers Association of South Africa

Mark de Klerk

Senior Manager: Retirement Funds and Principal Executive Officer at Anglo American Platinum

Louise Gardiner

Consultant, Sustainable Business Advisory, IFC