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Investment Approach

Our process is driven by our proprietary research and strong fundamentals.

Rather than begin with an index and pull out "negative companies," we begin our process by searching for products and services that address the needs of our planet and its people, across our six solutions themes.

Companies that may make our buy list meet the following investment criteria:

Strict Environmental, Social and Governance guidelines.

High-impact, solutions-focused social and environmental standards.

Strong business fundamentals and growth potential not fully appreciated by the markets.

Offer unique products or services with high potential for long-term growth.

Continuous commitment to people, the planet, and corporate social responsibility through their operations.

Women-led firm

With Nia, women lead.

All companies in our portfolios have women in executive leadership and/or on the Board of Directors. Our companies offer products and services that benefit women and girls and promote an inclusive work environment.

A gender lens is woven throughout everything we do. As a women-led firm, we are committed to advancing education, business opportunities, and quality of life for women and BIPOC communities globally.

Nia Solutions Themes

The Nia Solutions Themes

Our investment decisions are guided by our six investing themes, which address global, systemic and climate change risks. We use a rigorous and fundamental bottom-up research process, we select leading companies within our focus areas. We believe the companies in our portfolios are well-positioned for growth and offer a primary product or service that broadly benefits people and the environment.

Sustainable Planet

Sustainable Planet

Climate change mitigation and adaptation, including renewable energy, energy-efficient technologies, sustainable design and engineering services.



Focusing on innovation and access; emphasis on prevention, early detection, women’s health, innovative cancer treatments and unmet medical needs; addressing the Covid-19 pandemic, HIV/AIDS pandemic, the Ebola virus and Coronavirus, and other infectious diseases.

Natural & Organic Foods

Natural & Organic Foods

Products and services in support of sustainable agriculture with an understanding that organic and regenerative farming practices contribute to a healthier planet and people.

Sustainable & Affordable Transportation

Sustainable & Affordable Transportation

Emphasis on products and systems that eliminate or reduce damaging emissions, while also expanding access to clean transportation alternatives.

Education, Communications, & Financial Services

Thriving Communities

Basic banking and financial literacy that expand opportunities and level the playing field for underserved populations with historically limited access; services and technologies to improve education and facilitate communication.

 Eco Affordable Housing

Eco & Affordable Housing

Environmentally friendly, sustainable and promoting healthy, thriving communities.

Investing in a blueprint for creating a more peaceful and prosperous world.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were created in 2015 by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Just like Nia’s six solutions themes, these 17 goals identify and aim to address the most pressing global challenges, including poverty, racial and gender inequality, lack of access to healthcare and education, climate change, and environmental degradation. While governments of both developed and developing countries are taking the lead in adopting the 2030 Agenda, public companies have a crucial role to play.


Nia’s six solutions themes were developed in 2012 as a guide for investors to address many of the same concerns for people and the planet that these UN SDGs seek to address. Nia portfolio companies are tackling many of these challenges through their products, services, and core business practices.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)
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