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August 31, 2021

Susan Leerkes, commercial director of Van Lanschot Kempen, explains in this blog why this independent wealth manager invests in Borski Fund.

Responsible and sustainable
All investment solutions from Van Lanschot Kempen are sustainable and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a sustainable investor, you assess companies not only on financial results, but also on the way they treat their employees and the environment and how they approach ethical issues. For example, we do not invest in nuclear energy producers, arms manufacturers and companies that are guilty of violating human rights or the working conditions of their employees.

Impact investments
In addition, we believe it is important that private investors can invest more easily in impact investments. That is why Van Lanschot clients can invest in the Kempen Global Impact Pool. This fund aims to make a positive contribution to 5 of the 17 UN SDGs. For example, the fund contributes to affordable, good healthcare & financial services, a sustainable food chain and affordable and sustainable energy.

Social return
we have in Borski Fund invested for financial and social returns. Borski Funds conducts negative screening for, among other things, tobacco, a sector in which we do not invest ourselves. In addition, the fund contributes to SDGs 3, 5, 8, 12 & 17, which largely overlap with our own investment policy. SDG 5: gender equality means that you are committed to diversity and equal opportunities for men and women. Borski Fund offers a great opportunity for this, you want to be part of it. It is not without reason that Klaas Knot of De Nederlandsche Bank and Queen Máxima were present at the launch of the fund.

gender equality
At Van Lanschot Kempen, we believe that diversity among employees leads to better decision-making, a better working environment and fewer 'blind spots'. An inclusive and diverse workforce drives the business performance, innovation, agility and resilience of our organization. We also believe that diversity provides access to a much larger talent pool, in which performance and capabilities coexist with diversity. Diversity is therefore our policy in the recruitment and retention of talent.

Open doors
Another important reason to invest in Borski Fund is that the fund opens doors for us. In addition to the major banks, various wealthy individuals invest. This includes entrepreneurs who have previously sold their business themselves. We had wanted to approach a number of them for a while and we have now succeeded. At fund meetings, we also come into contact with other investors for whom we can play a role in determining their assets or related matters such as a (family) mortgage. This way the knife cuts both ways.

On their own
We also have a responsibility to our shareholders: each investment must be able to stand on its own two feet. Borski Fund does that. The founders have a proven track record, the fund has access to a broad network of female entrepreneurs and the operational aspects are guaranteed by the infrastructure of StartGreen Capital: the umbrella above Borski Fund. All the necessary ingredients are present to achieve the intended return. Beyond that, we are happy to support an initiative that, like our own policy, is designed to give a wider range of talents the opportunity.

Instructive collaboration
The collaboration with StartGreen Capital is also a great opportunity for us to increase our knowledge and experience in the field of impact investing. In the first year and a half of Borski Fund they have already made very good investments. I am also delighted that Simone Brummelhuis, director of Borski Fund, has been named one of the ten most influential women in European start-ups. Kudos!

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