Join this webinar to hear from pioneering organisations how they are combining different financial instruments, investment strategies and organisation types to take their impact to the next level.
Some aspirational companies and corporate foundations are increasingly looking for opportunities to pursue more holistic impact approaches. They have started to set up new organisations like impact funds, accelerators, or corporate social businesses that can complement their work, combining social impact with financial objectives.
In recent research, EVPA has outlined three ways in which companies with multiple corporate social investors can work together to broaden their impact on society, scale the impact of promising societal solutions, or deepen their impact on a particular community.
Watch the recording of this webinar to hear from pioneering organisations how they are combining different financial instruments, investment strategies and organisation types to take their impact to the next level.
Pim Mol, Managing Director at Rabo Foundation, will explain how Rabo Foundation, Rabo Rural Fund and Rabobank are adopting the scale strategy to scale the impact of farmer-based organisations that enable smallholder farmers in developing countries to become self-sufficient and produce enough food sustainably to feed the growing population.
Christophe Poline, Director of Solidarity Investments at Schneider Electric, will demonstrate how Schneider Electric Foundation, Schneider Electric Energy Access (SEEA) impact fund and Schneider Electric are pursuing the depth strategy to provide deeper support to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa that are deprived of energy access.
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Pim Mol has been working for Rabobank for nearly 10 years. Since January 2018 he is appointed as Managing Director of Rabo Foundation, which operates in 23 countries. Investing in people's self-sufficiency is our most important task. Not only in the Netherlands, but far beyond it.
Pim has a cum laude Master degree in Macro Economics from VU University Amsterdam. He started his career at Fortis MeesPierson, followed by various international management jobs. In July 2008 he joined Rabobank Group, first heading Rabobank Private Banking, followed by heading Rabobank Communication and Corporate Affairs.
Christophe has been Director of Solidarity Investments in the Sustainable Development Department of Schneider Electric since 2009.
After having created Schneider Electric's Solidarity Employee Savings Scheme in France, he is now in charge of managing the solidarity component. This fund invests on the one hand in France and Europe in solidarity companies contributing to the fight against energy poverty, and on the other hand in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Africa, the fund targets social enterprises providing safe and reliable access to renewable electricity in rural and peri-urban areas. He has also piloted the creation of a €75M impact fund dedicated to rural electrification in East Africa in partnership with major European development banks.
To do so, he can rely on his previous experience as International Financial Controller, in charge of the balance sheet structure of Schneider Electric subsidiaries in Europe and Asia. He also participated in the design of the Schneider Electric Group Management Control System, implementing new concepts replacing the annual budget process to improve the responsiveness and flexibility of management decision making.
Christophe holds a law degree from ESSEC.
Sophie leads the EVPA Corporate Initiative in Europe supporting Corporate and Financial institutions in shaping their social investment strategies, benchmarking their initiatives, facilitating peer learning, enabling the co-funding or co-creation of projects through strategic collaboration.
Based in Paris, Sophie is also leading market building efforts in France/Iberia and help various practitioners, such as foundations and impact investing funds, scale their impact.
She is part of the National Advisory Board for Impact Investing in France and various local networks. She sits on the Board of a few non-profit organisations like PhiTrust Incubator, Article 1 (Education), Simplon (Coding school) and is part of the Expert Committee of Sanofi Espoir Foundation.
Prior joining EVPA in 2016, she occupied several senior positions at BNP Paribas: in charge of the Wealth Management strategy for Philanthropy, Impact investing & Social Responsible Investment and as an Investment banker for more than 15 years structuring fund raising for strategic Corporate & Institutional clients in Europe, Brazil and Asia (Shanghai).
Karoline Heitmann is Corporate Initiative Manager at the European Venture Philanthropy Association's (EVPA). She is leading EVPA's research on corporate social investing and is a published author on topics such as employee engagement and strategic alignment between corporates and corporate foundations.
Next to this, she organises events for corporate social investors (such as corporate foundations, impact funds, accelerators, social businesses) across Europe and supports the organisation of the C Summit, Europe's first and only corporate philanthropy and social investing summit.