We believe in the power of for-profit business models to address societal challenges—this drives our investments and our philanthropy. As investors, we aim to achieve attractive financial returns by building a long-term portfolio of public and private businesses addressing significant environmental and social challenges. In our giving, we aim to show the effectiveness of earned-revenue models in philanthropic and social service enterprises.
Because lasting financial, environmental, and social value requires diligence to maintain, Inherent Group intends to be a long-term shareholder and an active partner to the firms in which we invest. As a family office, we target long-term capital appreciation and compound growth, with no fixed term to our capital. Beyond capital, we provide our companies with expertise and a strong network of strategic relationships.
Our focus is on firms based in the US, Canada, and Western Europe.
Our investment activities span three areas
We invest in growth-stage, private companies that are effecting systemic change directly. We focus on companies that are modernizing power production, improving access to clean water, revolutionizing transportation, democratizing high-quality education, engaging in more sustainable agriculture, and expanding access to healthy food.
We invest across all sectors in larger, undervalued public companies that have the potential to improve their resource efficiency and their impact on employees and communities.
We provide grants via our foundation to promising non-profit organizations with significant earned revenue. We also invest in social entrepreneurs and outcomes-based funding of social services.
Commerce can be a positive engine for change. In addition to creating jobs and wealth, businesses have an important role to play in tackling long-term environmental and social challenges. Their product and service innovations can address many of society’s most urgent needs.
Recent evidence has reinforced our belief that firms that treat environmental and social sustainability as core to their operations will outperform their peers. They can better reduce costs and unforeseen liabilities, attract and retain great people, and create new revenue streams.
The best businesses continuously adapt to changing customer demands while seeking improved operating efficiency. In turn, they achieve financial sustainability that allows them to build value, innovate, and serve stakeholders far into the future.
Similarly, earned-revenue models improve the financial sustainability and effectiveness of philanthropic and social enterprises. Solving needs that consumers or government stakeholders are willing to pay for—along with the pressure to innovate and operate more efficiently—leads to stronger organizations.
On November 15, 2016, at the NationSwell Summit, we announced the winners of the Inherent Prize, a prize for social entrepreneurs in partnership with NationSwell that is part of our giving activities (the third area described in Our Approach above). The list of winners is posted on NationSwell.com/inherent-prize/, along with the official rules.
If you would like to learn more about the Inherent Group investment management approach, or if you believe that we might be a valuable partner for your business or non-profit organization, we encourage you to email us using the form below.
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