Triodos Investment Management will continue to build on over 25 years’ experience in bringing together values, vision, and financial returns on investment, helping to meet the European demand for values-based investment solutions that are key in the transition to a more sustainable society. Through its funds, Triodos Investment Management aims to further increase its impact in key areas related to its mission and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will focus on human dignity and development, social cohesion and inclusiveness, and responsibility and care for the earth.
The year 2019 highlights an important transition, as Marilou van Golstein Brouwers will transfer her role as Chair of the Management Board per 1 January 2019 to Jacco Minnaar, currently one of the four board members, and will say goodbye to Triodos Investement Management on 1 April 2019. Marilou van Golstein Brouwers started working at Triodos Bank nearly 30 years ago and has been Managing Director of Triodos Investment Management since 2003. She is responsible for laying the foundation for Triodos Bank’s sustainable investing proposition. With her expertise and drive she has been instrumental in the rise and development of the global impact investing sector. As of 1 April 2019, the Management Board of Triodos Investment Management will continue with three board members.
Triodos Investment Management’s strategic focus will continue to be on individual investors, distributors, High Net Worth Individuals, family offices and (semi)institutional investors. In the context of the ambition to further increase its impact, Triodos Investment Management aims to broaden its international distribution strategy by adding new European markets to its network.
At the same time, Triodos Investment Management will tilt its focus more to becoming an impact investment solutions provider, offering solutions for investors’ needs in building an impact investment portfolio. By doing so Triodos Investment Management can remain competitive in an increasingly demanding external environment, whilst staying true to its aim to realise positive impact.
Triodos Investment Management will continue to pursue development and growth, both through expansion and further development of existing funds and by creating new impact investment products. In 2018 Triodos Investment Management has taken all its socially responsible investment activities in house and appointed a team of new fund managers and increased the number of its analysts. Building on this platform it will develop new investment solutions for investing in listed equities and bonds, enabling investors to increasingly invest with impact through stock markets.
Triodos Vastgoedfonds will be discontinued in 2019. During an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders on 17 December 2018, the shareholders in the fund voted in favour of the proposal by the board to end the fund’s activities. This proposal was presented to the shareholders following the conclusion that a growth scenario was not likely to be successful in the near future. The board holds the opinion that the fund either needs to grow or end its activities. Continuation in its present form is not deemed in the interest of the fund’s shareholders in the context of costs, return and tradability. After having received consent by the shareholders in the fund, the board has initiated the process to end the fund’s activities. This can, among others, mean facilitating a public bid on the fund’s shares, to sell the fund’s portfolio and/or dissolution and liquidation of the fund.