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April 15th
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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

April 15th
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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

January 7th
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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.”

Read the full article: The Future of Fashion

December 22nd
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AGRI3 Fund closes transactions in Brazil and China

22 December 2020

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.eu, Mirova and Cardano Development worked together as investment advisors to these transactions of the AGRI3 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 larger 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

November 30th
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BIX raises support to C-Quest to scale-up

30 November 2020

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.

Read the press release BIX Capital provides additional support for C-Quest Capital to scale-up

November 18th
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Good Fashion Fund in 'De Dikke Blauwe'

Good Fashion Fund in 'De Dikke Blauwe'

18 November 2020

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.

Read more in the article Kleding met impact.

September 30th
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AGRI3 Fund launches new website

September 30, 2020

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.

Read more on the new website of the AGRI3 fund

June 9th
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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.

Read the full press release

February 25th
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Forbes India features Good Fashion Fund

The current processes in garment supply chains have severe negative environmental and social impacts. The Good Fashion Fund addresses this problem by implementing innovative solutions.

Director Bob Assenberg explains in an interview with Forbes India how the Good Fashion Fund works and what it hopes to achieve: “We look for at least 50 percent improvement compared to baseline for one of the three environmental elements (water, energy and materials).”

Go directly to the interview with Bob Assenberg, fund director of the Good Fashion Fund

Read the full article published in Forbes India: FASHION FORWARD

 

February 3rd
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Please check out NEW report by our partner Fashion for Good on Financing the Transformation in the Fashion industry via the link below:

View the full report here.

No poverty

No poverty

Eradicating poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice and the key to unlocking an enormous human potential. Still, nearly half of the world’s population lives in poverty, and lack of food and clean water is killing thousands every single day of the year. Together, we can feed the hungry, wipe out disease and give everyone in the world a chance to prosper and live a productive and rich life.

No hunger

No hunger

Hunger is the leading cause of death in the world. Our planet has provided us with tremendous resources, but unequal access and inefficient handling leaves millions of people malnourished. If we promote sustainable agriculture with modern technologies and fair distribution systems, we can sustain the whole world’s population and make sure that nobody will ever suffer from hunger again.

Good health

Good health

Over the last 15 years, the number of childhood deaths has been cut in half.This proves that it is possible to win the fight against almost every disease. Still, we are spending an astonishing amount of money and resources on treating illnesses that are surprisingly easy to prevent. The new goal for worldwide Good Health promotes healthy lifestyles, preventive measures and modern, efficient healthcare for everyone.

Quality education

Quality education

Education liberates the intellect, unlocks the imagination and is fundamental for self-respect. It is the key to prosperity and opens a world of opportunities, making it possible for each of us to contribute to a progressive, healthy society. Learning benefits every human being and should be available to all.

Gender equality

Gender equality

Gender bias is undermining our social fabric and devalues all of us. It is not just a human rights issue; it is a tremendous waste of the world’s human potential. By denying women equal rights, we deny half the population a chance to live life at its fullest. Political, economic and social equality for women will benefit all the world’s citizens. Together we can eradicate prejudice and work for equal rights and respect for all.

Clean water and sanitation

Clean water and sanitation

One in three people live without sanitation. This is causing unnecessary disease and death. Although huge strides have been made with access to clean drinking water, lack of sanitation is undermining these advances. If we provide affordable equipment and education in hygiene practices, we can stop this senseless suffering and loss of life.

Renewable energy

Renewable energy

Renewable energy solutions are becoming cheaper, more reliable and more efficient every day. Our current reliance on fossil fuels is unsustainable and harmful to the planet, which is why we have to change the way we produce and consume energy. Implementing these new energy solutions as fast as possible is essential to counter climate change, one of the biggest threats to our own survival.

Good jobs and economic growth

Good jobs and economic growth

Economic growth should be a positive force for the whole planet. This is why we must make sure that financial progress creates decent and fulfilling jobs while not harming the environment. We must protect labour rights and once and for all put a stop to modern slavery and child labour. If we promote job creation with expanded access to banking and financial services, we can make sure that everybody gets the benefits of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Innovation and infrastructure

Innovation and infrastructure

A functioning and resilient infrastructure is the foundation of every successful community. To meet future challenges, our industries and infrastructure must be upgraded. For this, we need to promote innovative sustainable technologies and ensure equal and universal access to information and financial markets. This will bring prosperity, create jobs and make sure that we build stable and prosperous societies across the globe.

Reduced inequality

Reduced inequality

Too much of the world’s wealth is held by a very small group of people. This often leads to financial and social discrimination. In order for nations to flourish, equality and prosperity must be available to everyone – regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs or economic status. When every individual is self sufficient, the entire world prospers.

Sustainable cities and communities

Sustainable cities and communities

The world’s population is constantly increasing. To accommodate everyone, we need to build modern, sustainable cities. For all of us to survive and prosper, we need new, intelligent urban planning that creates safe, affordable and resilient cities with green and culturally inspiring living conditions.

Responsible consumption

Responsible consumption

Our planet has provided us with an abundance of natural resources. But we have not utilized them responsibly and currently consume far beyond what our planet can provide. We must learn how to use and produce in sustainable ways that will reverse the harm that we have inflicted on the planet.

Climate action

Climate action

Climate change is a real and undeniable threat to our entire civilization. The effects are already visible and will be catastrophic unless we act now. Through education, innovation and adherence to our climate commitments, we can make the necessary changes to protect the planet. These changes also provide huge opportunities to modernize our infrastructure which will create new jobs and promote greater prosperity across the globe.

Life below water

Life below water

Healthy oceans and seas are essential to our existence. They cover 70 percent of our planet and we rely on them for food, energy and water. Yet, we have managed to do tremendous damage to these precious resources. We must protect them by eliminating pollution and overfishing and immediately start to responsibly manage and protect all marine life around the world.

Life on land

Life on land

A flourishing life on land is the foundation for our life on this planet. We are all part of the planet’s ecosystem and we have caused severe damage to it through deforestation, loss of natural habitats and land degradation. Promoting a sustainable use of our ecosystems and preserving biodiversity is not a cause. It is the key to our own survival.

Peace and justice

Peace and justice

Compassion and a strong moral compass is essential to every democratic society. Yet, persecution, injustice and abuse still runs rampant and is tearing at the very fabric of civilization. We must ensure that we have strong institutions, global standards of justice, and a commitment to peace everywhere.

Partnerships for the goals

Partnerships for the goals

The Global Goals can only be met if we work together. International investments and support is needed to ensure innovative technological development, fair trade and market access, especially for developing countries. To build a better world, we need to be supportive, empathetic, inventive, passionate, and above all, cooperative.