Catalyst of sustainable progress - How do we make a difference?
In our Impact Report you will find our exact contribution and the way we achieved this. In a nutshell, we make a difference by:
Investing and managing
We invest in impact businesses with both loans and venture capital and we carefully manage our investments.
Identifying market themes
With an experienced team of specialists, we are able to identify at an early stage the themes in the market that need financing.
Develop new funds
Together with our investors, we develop new funds and investment opportunities that accelerate the transition to sustainable energy, circularity and diversity.
Impact investing is still a niche activity. We want to make it mainstream. You can see how we do that in the Theory of Change model that we follow: in simple steps we make clear what the goal is, why it is the goal and how we can achieve it.
To measure the extent to which companies contribute to which of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we have developed an indicator set with a number of indicators per SDG. Indicators are, for example, the number of children receiving better education, the number of households that contribute to a sustainable society, the number of kilojoules of energy that is generated or the amount of CO2 that is saved. We determine one or more indicators for each company.
We dare to do things that have never been done before: in setting up new funds, structuring financing and financing innovations. We offer a broad spectrum of financing products that makes us unique as a fund manager.
Our contribution goes further than just providing financing and structuring. Our strength lies mainly in the combination of expertise, market knowledge, network, entrepreneurial guidance and investment experience. Over the years we have gained a lot of experience in impact investing within the most important themes of our time. As a result, we know where the opportunities lie for new financing and investment opportunities.
Not only do we spot the latest developments in the market first; we can also bring together the needs of entrepreneurs and investors in new funds and structures. We work with all parties as a partner to make both the company and the investment successful.
Based on the needs of the companies we finance, we deploy different financing instruments, often combining several options, such as:
Senior and junior loans