Esafon 4th Annual Global Impact Investing Conference

Esafon 4th Annual Global Impact Investing Conference

logo.pngThursday 16 May 2019

Geneva, Switzerland

Impact investors, asset owners, investment and fund managers are activist investors who identify and assess impact investee companies that in turn need to communicate their company commitment towards SDGs through KPIs as impact is becoming the 3rd dimension after risk and return to profile a targeted investee .

The conference will help address and assess the gap between supply and demand in both traditional and mainstream impact segments.

Amongst others, the following topics will be developed and detailed: 

  • Methodology & Tools for Evaluating and Communicating on SDG Commitment and ESG Performance : The investee and investor’s perspective 

  • Creating a Methodology for Investing in a Portfolio of Socially Responsible Assets 

  • New EU Regulatory Framework for Sustainable Growth and its impact on Institutional Investors and Financial Advisers Behaviour 

  • Round-table : Innovative Ideas to Incentivize Impact Investment

  • Selected case-studies and discussion over completed impact investments with proven large scale positive correlation amongst impact and return 

  • Impact Investing in Action : A selection of top-notch  impact investment projects

  • Pro’s and Con’s of Different Impact Investment Models and Strategies from both an Investee  and Investor’s Perspective – Discussion

  • State of the Art for Mitigating Risk in an Impact Fund

  • Results from a 2018 Benchmarking Survey of Swiss and Global Family Offices Involved in Impact Investing 

  • Highlighting the added –value of Blockchain Technology in Managing Global Impact Investment Strategies – a step by step approach alongside the value chain 

  • Innovative Solutions for Sourcing and Scaling Investments in Niche Impact Market Environment – Discussion

Among the speakers will be our Yvonne Bakkum, CEO of FMO Investment Management. 


ESAFON is an independent non-profit Swiss Association created 17 years by two partners Anne & François Golbery with the sole objective to drive the impact agenda forward and  encourage private and public investors to use impact investment to enhance financial and social returns, better manage risks taking into account externalities and engage stakeholders within the impact ecosystem while preserving the interests of investees.

ESAFON has launched a Swiss Impact Initiative with the objective to gather expertise to scale impact globally from Switzerland. This implies to  transform the Swiss Impact Investment Ecosystem including private banking, philanthropic foundations, family offices as well as pension funds and life insurance/re-insurance to drive economies of scale and collaboration amongst investors, intermediaries and investees.

ESAFON is a Member of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions set-up by the Solar Impulse Foundation sourcing 1000 Investible solutions to bridge the gap between economy and ecology & fast-track clean global economic growth. 

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  • The new IRR - 4 ways to define impact


    Last year I posted a blog called “The new IRR - Impact, Risk and Return”. With almost 900 viewers, this blog is my best read post to date and triggered many enthusiastic reactions. In essence, I advocated a new IRR: looking at every investment taking into account its Impact, Risk and Return.

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  • Towards a more inclusive top 100


    "Influential people from emerging market countries make up a far smaller share than emerging markets’ 85% share of the world’s population, their 75% of global land mass or their 55% share of global GDP."

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  • Impact investing as a stable alternative

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    “Well, emerging markets were down 3% again today.”  This is how an institutional investor kicked off a meeting with one of my colleagues recently.

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    Promoting the SDGs on FMO Building.jpg

    The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been widely adopted as a useful framework for impact investing. Really? 

    The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been widely adopted as a useful framework for talking about impact investing. Really!  

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  • Daar waar het verschil echt gemaakt kan worden


    Na het succes van de eerste close van het NN FMO Emerging Markets Loans Fund zijn afgelopen week de eerste investeringen gedaan. Maureen Schlejen, hoofd institutionele relaties NN Investment Partners en Yvonne Bakkum, Managing Director van FMO Investment Management gaan in op de achtergronden van deze succesvolle launch.

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Vlogs, Video's & more

  • Raising the bar @Harvard

    On October 26th, 2017 Yvonne Bakkum lectured impact investing classes at Harvard Kennedy school.  
    Watch her vlog and share her experience.
    Visting Harvard

  • BNR Newsradio Interview

    On November 13, 2017 Yvonne Bakkum was a guest in the studio of BNR newsradio - a well known and renowned Dutch radio station for the business comunity.

    The interviewed focussed on impact investing and how investors can create more impact by investing via FMO Investment Management.

    Listen to the whole interview (in Dutch) here. BNR News Radio - Zakendoen  

  • Research covering 2000 studies on ESG vs CFP

    The search for a relation between environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria and corporate financial performance (CFP) can be traced back to the beginning of the 1970s. Scholars and investors have published more than 2000 empirical studies and several review studies on this relation since then. This study extracts all provided primary and secondary data of previous academic review studies.

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