Creating Shared Value:
The Key Role of Corporate Social Investors
Wednesday, 6 May 2020
As the COVID-19 crisis has proven, there is a strong imperative for companies to build the resilience of their operations to weather unexpected challenges. Through pursuing business opportunities that also tackle major social and environmental issues, companies can create shared value for society and shareholders. In Europe, many companies also see the importance of going beyond traditional CSR practices and exploring how separate vehicles like corporate foundations or corporate impact funds can strategically create social impact with business relevance.
In this webinar, learn about EVPA’s Corporate Initiative and hear from representatives of corporate social investors Trafigura Foundation and Danone’s impact fund WeActForWater about their strategies to create social impact with business relevance. These global examples will provide lessons that businesses in Asia can replicate in driving their social impact strategies.
Head of European Corporate Initiative and France Country Manager
Sophie is leading market building efforts in France and Europe namely with European Corporates to help various practitioners like foundations and impact investing funds scale their impact. Based in Paris, Sophie supports members in their work, fostering valuable connections, facilitating peer learning, providing training as well as enabling the co-creation of projects. She is also 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 organizations like PHI TRUST Incubator, ARTICLE 1 (Education), SIMPLON (Coding school) and is part of the Expert Committee of SANOFI Espoir Foundation.
Corporate Initiative Manager
Karoline joined the European Venture Philanthropy Association’s (EVPA) Corporate Initiative in 2018.Since then, she has been supporting Corporate Social Investors (such as corporate foundations, impact funds, accelerators, social businesses) in their journey towards creating social impact through venture philanthropy and social investments. Within her role, she works on developing practical tools and guidelines on impact-related topics. Her current research evolves around how corporate social investors can align with their related company to increase the collective impact. Next to this, she organises events and workshops for Corporate Social Investors and developed the programme for the C Summit, Europe’s first corporate philanthropy and social investing summit.
A geophysicist engineer by background, Vincent started his career in the oil industry and management consulting. In 1990, on the occasion of a sabbatical year, he gave a new orientation to his professional life and followed a humanitarian and development path, which took him to a countless number of countries, job positions and international organisations. Thanks to this experience that brought him to work both in the field and in headquarters, he acquired the conviction that fruitful and powerful synergies can be found when the non-profit and business worlds join forces. Called by Trafigura to establish the Trafigura Foundation in 2008, Vincent still spearheads it today, guided by and putting into practice those same values which always drove his engagement in international and development issues.
Co-Regional Director for Asia and Impact Manager
Dina joined Incofin in 2011 and is a Partner. She works in the Cambodian office as Co-Regional Director for Asia and Impact Manager where she manages a team of four people and supervises a portfolio of USD 180m. Dina is the Fund Manager of the Water Acceleration Access Fund (W2AF). Prior to joining Incofin, Dina was a senior analyst in charge of Southeast Asia at the global microfinance specialized rating agency Planet Rating. Dina has also worked at PlaNet Finance and MicroCred in setting-up greenfield microfinance institutions in China. She currently sits at the board of two financial institutions in Cambodia and in Myanmar and is part of Incofin’s leadership team.