Case Study

Rianta Capital Zurich’s Artha Initiative

05 September 2016

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As Rianta Capital Zurich’s Artha Initiative is a project that has evolved from a family office, a main concern is adherence to the impact priorities and vision of the family they serve. 

DIMENSIONS

Rianta Capital advises the Singh Family Trust and their associated entities in investments in companies that are scalable, create livelihoods and increase per capita incomes.
Impact is at the core of their investment rationale. These interventions occur through a program called the Artha Initiative, and all investments today are systematically made in syndication with other funding partners who share their values and their approach to patient capital over extended time frames. Artha does spend time calculating the attribution of relative outputs to their intervention per se, but they are conscious of their catalytic role as an early growth stage supporter of high impact enterprises. They do aggregate impact data from among their portfolio companies for reporting purposes.

FRAMEWORKS

Artha has reviewed and drawn ideas about impact reporting from IRIS and other funds like Bridges Ventures Impact Radar; they have developed their own framework upon review of a range of methodologies. This framework benchmarks a number of priority areas in a scorecard format that adheres to the objectives of the family.

IMPLEMENTATION

In more recent investments, Artha include some impact assessment reporting criteria in term sheets, but in earlier investments did not integrate these elements in a systematic fashion. Frequently, they interact with their older investee pool through use of a survey instrument to establish progress against impact baselines. Artha tend to collect such data bi-annually/quarterly.

PRESENTATION

Rianta Capital’s Artha Initiative uses snapshots and aggregated scorecards to present their portfolio performance for internal purposes only.
In 2016, they are also exploring the use of fieldreporter.nl – a mobile app to make impact narratives and data capture more visually engaging.

References

A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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