Campden Wealth Magazine June 2017

Many people, after two or three decades in one line of work, find the idea of reinventing themselves professionally appealing. In reality, only a minority go ahead with it and take the plunge. For Stephen Brenninkmeijer, however, such a career change was always part of the plan.

“We have a family business… we have a rule that you leave operational responsibilities when you are in your mid-50s. That was for me a great point to do that,” Brenninkmeijer says.

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Swiss Universe Magazine: Investing with Impact

Stephen Brenninkmeijer invests in firms which use good concepts and good products to do good things… and often make good money in the process. So everybody wins. And everybody is happy. A skilled investor with a wide range of interests and involvements, Stephen Brenninkmeijer rarely gives interviews. But he spoke to us in Zurich.

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Wir Magazine 2015

Wir Magazine 2015

“Ich möchte Impact Investing zum Mainstream machen”

Stephen Brenninkmeijer investiert seit vielen Jahren erfolgreich in Sozialunter- nehmen. Für Privatanleger gibt es bislang jedoch kaum Möglichkeiten, sich zu engagieren. Die Social Stock Exchange soll das ändern.

Herr Brenninkmeijer, Sie waren über 30 Jahre lang operativ für C&A tätig. Seit 2006 engagieren Sie sich hauptsächlich als Social Impact Investor. Was machen Sie genau?

Ich stelle Kapital zur Verfügung, um unternehmerische Aktivitäten im sozialen Bereich zu fördern, die normalerweise keinen Zugang zu Kapital hätten. Dahinter steckt die Idee, privates Kapital zu nutzen, um soziale Veränderungen zu unterstützen und gleichzeitig eine Rendite zu erwirtschaften.

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Wir magazine 2012

Wir magazine 2012

Der Social-Impact-Investor

Geld verdienen und die Welt verändern. Durchaus vereinbare Ziele, findet Stephen Brenninkmeijer. Er war über 30 Jahre lang Unternehmer und engagiert sich seit fast zehn Jahren als Social-Impact-Investor.

 

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Private Wealth Magazine December 2012

Private Wealth Magazine December 2012

Investment mit positiven Nebenwirkungen.

Immer mehr Vermögende möchten, dass ihr Kapital etwas Positives bewirkt. Interessanter, als rein philanthropisch tätig zu sein, ist dabei die Idee des Impact Investing – sich an einer Firma zu beteiligen, deren Aktivität eine positive Wirkung auf Umwelt oder Gesellschaft hat. Und zugleich eine angemessene Rendite zu erwirtschaften.

In der peruanischen Hauptstadt Lima aufzuwachsen, ist hart. Die Stadt mit ihren rund 9,3 Millionen Einwohnern ist ein Moloch. Wer dort lebt, kommt unweigerlich mit Armut und den Problemen wie der mangelnden medizinischen Versorgung in Berührung.

Enrique Coronado stammt aus Lima. Er selbst hatte allerdings Glück. Coronado absolvierte einen Masterstudiengang in Finanzen an der Colombia Business School in New York und arbeitete anschließend in der Pharmaindustrie und im Investmentbanking der Bank of America. Die Probleme seiner Heimatstadt vergaß er trotzdem nie ganz.

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JBalandina Guide to Impact Investing

JBalandina Guide to Impact Investing

Stephen Brenninkmeijer is a private investor and entrepreneur, interested in microfinance, education and social entrepreneurship.

Stephen is a 5th generation Brenninkmeijer, a German- Dutch family who founded the C&A chain of retail clothing stores in 1841. C&A is owned by the COFRA Group, which is the holding company of the Brenninkmeijer family.

Having studied at the EBS University in Germany, Stephen joined the family business in 1975 and worked there for 30 years in the USA, Japan and across Europe, including the UK. In 2001 Stephen looked to change his career within the family business. Having considered philanthropic activities, the concept of venture philanthropy drew Stephen’s attention. “What intrigued me was an approach to investing to create value within developing markets in a very entrepreneurial way.”

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Omidyar Frontier Capital Report 2015

Omidyar Frontier Capital Report 2015

We stand before unprecedented opportunity to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people in emerging markets.

Powerful trends – from the rapid spread of mobile phones to growing middle classes, from the global uptick in entrepreneurship to the increased flow of capital toward developing economies – have made possible commercial innovations serving populations once excluded from market access. Consider: alternative credit scores to allow those who can’t get traditional bank loans to invest for the future; affordable solar lighting to enable children without reliable electricity to study at night; job-matching marketplaces accessed on a mobile phone that allow workers in informal markets to connect to better employment opportunities. Individually, such innovations can tangibly improve the lives and futures of hundreds of millions of low- and lower-middle-income people across developing and emerging economies. Collectively, they have the potential to create new industries and accelerate economic growth.

But these innovations, which are frequently early stage and which often operate in more challenging markets, require highly risk-tolerant capital. After all, the entrepreneurs behind these companies are often attempting to build entirely new business models, to serve consumers coming into the formal economy for the first time, and to do so under variable and sometimes volatile macro-conditions. Not surprisingly, but sadly, there is far too little such capital currently available.

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FT Investing for Global Impact

FT Investing for Global Impact

Welcome to Investing for Global Impact 2014, our latest Family Office Research report.

Our twice-yearly Family Office studies have made us increasingly aware of the growth in interest in investment undertaken against explicit social as well as financial objectives. Last summer, we introduced preliminary survey questions on philanthropy and impact investing. These confirmed the momentum – activity as well as interest – and indicated an appetite on the part of families to learn more.

It is against this backdrop that we have undertaken this report, in partnership with Method Impact Ltd as lead sponsor. Family wealth owners very often work through Foundations in this arena, and so Family Foundations were invited to contribute, alongside both Single and Multi Family Offices. In total, 125 respondents participated in our detailed survey, conducted between September and October. They range broadly from those with no current involvement in either philanthropy or impact investing, through to those with considerable experience in one or both. In addition, because many of the motivations in this area run deep and we wanted to be able to share some rich context, we have also incorporated a number of direct interviews into the study. We hope that readers will relish the candour and illuminating detail they provide.

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