The innovative solutions of Good Fashion Fund explained in podcast
Bernadette Blom, partner at FOUNT.eu and Director at Good Fashion Fund recently joined Ryan Grant Little of EVPA for a podcast which is the first in a series with Europe’s leading investors for impact.
FOUNT welcomes new client Reall for advisory services
FOUNT is now advising Reall, an innovator and investor in climate smart affordable housing in urban Africa and Asia for those in the bottom 40 percent of the income pyramid. We are advising Reall with regard to developing a financial model and Investment Memorandum and supporting Reall in their fundraising process, amongst other.
AGRI3 Fund project launched with pepper farmers in Chongqing
The AGRI3 Fund is enabling farmers to switch from poor yielding crops to more lucrative and sustainable pepper cultivation, by investing in sustainable pepper farming in Chongqing, China. Rabobank and the Chongqing Agricultural Chain Corporation gathered on April 13th to launch the AGRI3 Fund project.
The AGRI3 Fund was initiated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Rabobank. The investments focus on farms that pursue more sustainable practices, including forest protection and improving rural livelihoods. FOUNT is an Investment Adviser to the Fund, together with Cardano Development and Mirova.
Read more on the project in the press release from Rabobank of December 22, 2020 Rabobank-closes-transactions-with-de-risking-by-AGRI3-Fund.pdf
Good Fashion Fund introduces video explaining GFF
The Good Fashion Fund has introduced its video on YouTube explaining how the GFF can improve the fashion industry.
The fashion industry needs to change. It’s polluting, has bad working conditions, and it’s not changing by itself. There are fantastic, disruptive, original ideas that will improve the industry. Watch the video to learn more.
Stanford Social Innovation Review features GFF
An article in the latest edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (Winter 2021 edition) gives insight into the valuable contribution of the Good Fashion Fund. “The Fund’s particular marriage of environmentally mindful technology and textile production fills a significant gap in the impact investments in the fashion industry, states director Bob Assenberg.”
AGRI3 Fund closes transactions in Brazil and China
The AGRI3 Fund, initiated by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Rabobank, has just closed two transactions with de-risking by the fund in China and Brazil. The investments of the Fund focus on farms that pursue more sustainable practices, including forest protection and improving rural livelihoods. FOUNT, Cardano Development and Mirova work together as Investment Advisors to the Fund.
The investment in Brazil (USD 5 mln, 10 years) is linked to forest protection and renovation of degraded pastureland in Mato Grosso. This investment will make it possible for Grupo Carvalho Dias in Brazil to grow more sustainably. A new transaction provides financing for forest replanting, forest protection (2581 ha) and renovation of degraded pastureland (1200 ha) in line with recognized E&S guidelines, which will enable cattle growth without clearing new land.
The investment in China (USD 10 mln, 3 years) is linked to sustainable pepper farming in the Chongqing region. By providing access to financing, training and high-quality inputs and by selling at a guaranteed price, this loan helps to enable farmers to switch from poor yielding crops to more lucrative and sustainable pepper cultivation. This can increase the income of potentially 80,000 farmers.
Read the full press release of The Rabobank:
Rabobank closes transactions with de-risking by AGRI3 Fund
BIX raises support for C-Quest to scale-up
Innovative investment vehicle BIX Capital has provided an Impact Receivables Finance Facility to C-Quest Capital (CQC) to the amount of US$ 2.75 million. CQC is a diversified impact-investment enterprise, focused on providing the poorest communities in developing countries with clean sustainable energy supplies and technology. CQC specializes in tailor made solutions to meet their client’s carbon neutral and sustainable development objectives. The impact ambitions of CQC and BIX Capital to improve the lives of those at the base of the pyramid are highly complementary.
Good Fashion Fund in ‘De Dikke Blauwe’
De Dikke Blauwe is a Dutch booklet in which grand benefactors within the philanthropic, cultural and art sector are represented. The Good Fashion Fund could not be absent. The Fund aims to significantly improve a positive impact of apparel manufacturing along the Five Goods: Good Energy, Good Water, Good Materials, Good Lives and Good Economy.
AGRI3 Fund launches new website
The AGRI3 Fund, a partnership between UN Environment, Rabobank, Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative, has launched its new website. The ambition is to unlock at least USD 1 billion in finance towards deforestation-free, sustainable agriculture and land use. FOUNT acts as investment advisor of the AGRI3 Fund, together with Mirova Natural Capital and Cardano Development.
Good Fashion Fund welcomes Rabobank
The Good Fashion Fund welcomes Rabobank as an investor to the fund. Launched in September of 2019, Rabobank is the first senior debt investor to the fund and joins Laudes Foundation (formerly C&A Foundation) and the Mills Fabrica as co-investors in the first investment fund focused solely on driving the implementation of innovative solutions in the fashion industry.