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February 25th
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Good Fashion Fund featured in Forbes India

Interview with Bob Assenberg, Fund Director of the Good Fashion Fund.

Click here to go directly to the interview.

Click here to read the whole article.

 

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.

January 23rd
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FOUNT investment advisor for AGRI3 FUND

We are very proud to announce our investment advisor role for the AGRI3 Fund, jointly with Mirova Althelia and Cardano Development. Today the Dutch government and Rabobank announced their anchor investments in AGRI3 Fund at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The AGRI3 Fund is an unique fund that contributes to forest protection and finance sustainable agriculture at scale whilst improving rural livelihoods in emerging markets.

Please see the press release here

January 20th
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C&A Foundation and FOUNT call for proposals for a Developmental Evaluation of the Good Fashion Fund.

C&A foundation and FOUNT are looking for an Evaluation Team to perform a Development Evaluation of the Good Fashion Fund of which we are the Fund Manager.

Read the request for proposal here.

 

December 2nd
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First affordable houses sold to Mozambican families

Nearly 8 months after cyclone Idai hit the city of Beira and destroyed approximately 70% of houses, the first batch of Mozambican families will receive the keys to their new houses in the Inhamizua community in the city of Beira. For the first time ever, low to middle income Mozambicans will be getting access to housing via a range of private sector financed housing finance schemes that are new to the Mozambican housing market. As part of an assignment for the Dutch government, FOUNT supported this project through the design of the housing finance schemes and presenting the project to Mozambican banks.

For more information on the Inhamizua affordable housing project, click here: Inhamizua affordable housing project

November 20th
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Looking for an interesting job opportunity in impact investing? FOUNT is hiring!

FOUNT is looking for new team members! Click below to view the vacancies for Analyst and (Junior) Investment Manager.

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(Junior) Investment Manager

November 18th
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Clean Cooking Forum 2019

Clean Cooking Forum 2019

Clean Cooking Forum in Nairobi, Bernadette Blom moderating a panel about how to use crowdfunding to address affordability in BOP markets.

November 18th
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Tanvi Karambelkar, Investment Manager of the Good Fashion Fund , in podcast on sustainable fashion.

The Good Fashion Fund’s Investment Manager, Ms Tanvi Karambelkar, had the pleasure of being invited to participate in a podcast by the Sustainable Fashion Academy to discuss the financing gap in making the textile supple chain more sustainable. The key insights she stressed upon were that environmental & social challenges faced by the textile industry are not confined in a textile vacuum. There are substantial runoffs throughout society, be it environmental problems (high use of water, energy & hazardous chemicals) or grave social issues (women’s health, harassment, automation vs. loss of jobs). We have to stop looking at only apparel brands to solve these challenges. NGOs, not-for-profits, development & multilateral finance institutions and foundations need to collaborate in order to expedite changes in the textile industry, because it affects all of us, all the time. Let’s make it happen, the time is now.  Click here to listen to the podcast.

September 9th
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Good Fashion Fund in the news

September 5th
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Launch of the Good Fashion Fund

FOUNT is thrilled to announce the launch of the Good Fashion Fund, a joint initiative by FOUNT, Fashion for Good, C&A Foundation and The Mills Fabrica.

This unique impact fund provides long term debt financing to sustainable apparel manufacturers in Asia for implementation of high-impact technologies. Through its investments, the Good Fashion Fund drives positive impact across the fashion industry in order to make it more sustainable. FOUNT is the Fund Manager.

Read more in the official press release by Fashion for Good 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.