TBLI New Years Wishes- Be a Mensch!


To paraphrase Simon and Garfunkel’s song Mrs. Robinson, “where have you gone Joe Dimagio…” Where have all the leaders gone, who have that rare quality of being a mensch (Yiddish word that means “a person of integrity.”).

Take a look at FDR’s proposed second Bill of Rights that was filmed after he delivered his State of the Union Address via radio on January 11, 1944. Inspiring, visionary and way ahead of his time.

I wish you great joy and integrity for the New Year.

“Integrity has no need of rules.”
Albert Camus

TBLI Foundation

We launched TBLI Foundation in 2014, to help us scale up our educational outreach on ESG and Impact Investing. I want to thank all of you who have made a donation to TBLI Foundation, some of whom want to remain anonymous. With these contributions, we have been able to double the number of events, partner with business schools and start preparing for further dissemination of our content to a wider audience.

As you plan your year-end giving, I would like to ask for your support. TBLI CONFERENCE has achieved a great deal in educating asset owners and managers about ESG and Impact Investing. With your contribution, we could do much more.

Founders Level
Warmth Asset Management
De Pury Pictet Turrettini & Cie
Golden Bottle Trust
Ms. N. B. Moghaddam

Patron Level
River Star Foundation
URMAT

Support Level
ASN BANK
SNS Bank
Rapaport USA Inc.
US Tax & Financial Services Sàrl
ValleyRoad Capital SA
Goodwell Investments
Shawn Lesser
Robert Temple

Friend Level
Newforesight Consultancy
Impact First Investments
Glen MacDonald
Laura Giadorou-Koch
Rufo Quintavalle
Tevan B.V.
Phenix Capital
Sylvie Giscaro
Peter Koenig Consulting

Support TBLI Foundation

Those who make a donation will be clearly recognized as TBLI Founder, TBLI Patron, TBLI Supporter, or TBLI Friend.

Levels of Giving:

• TBLI Founder- Euros 5000+
• TBLI Patron- Euros 2500+ up to 5000
• TBLI Supporter-Euros 1000+ up to 2500
• TBLI Friend- Euros 250 up to 1000
 
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Thank you.

We are extremely grateful for your support.

Robert Rubinstein
TBLI Foundation


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Impact Investor and Social Entrepreneur


Recently I was invited by one of our keynote speakers, Arvind Narula, to visit his company in Changrai, Thailand. Arvind is a successful social entrepreneur who has clearly shown you can do large scale for profit Impact Investing projects and have a clear, measurable positive impact on society and the environment. One of his companies, Urmatt, is the largest, contract farming, organic rice producer in Thailand. Urmatt also develops the value add, branding, and distribution of the end product. Arvind has also started Hill Tribe Organics for organic egg production and expanded Urmat’s product line through nutritionally enhanced rice noodle production.

It was a great inspiration visiting the production facility of  Hill Tribe Organics and also seeing his brand new rice noodle factory. His team were all engaged, passionate, and committed. They, like Arvind were working at the coal face, as they say, to improve people’s live and achieve market rate returns for the investors.  Arvind’s passion and commitment in alleviating poverty for the Hill Tribes and his rice farmers through sustainable livelihood (organic egg production, organic rice production) was a great inspiration. The amount of work to achieve his goal is overwhelming. Best part was meeting the chickens who seemed to enjoy picking at our feet(see photo below) and were extremely friendly. What was even more thrilling was that an investment from one of the TBLI Conference Europe sponsors came through the week we were visiting.

Arvind clearly stands out as a successful social entrepreneur. He takes a very pragmatic, simple, low key solution to a significant problem, and just gets on with the job. No fanfare. He focusses on digging holes and avoids cutting ribbons. I asked him what is his big vision. Without hesitation he said “ExpandTribe Organics to all the Hill Tribes in Asia and Latin America”. Go Arvind. We look forward to hosting a TBLI gathering in Changrai.

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Arvind Narula’S Keynote Speech TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE 2014.

TBLI Conference Series 2015 

If you weren’t able to attend TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE 2014, in Amsterdam, you can access the videos and presentations here

Our ESG and Impact Investing educational outreach continues in 2015 with conferences in Chicago, Singapore, Copenhagen and Zurich. I would like to ask for your help  by sponsoring, attending or speaking  For further information on programs, speaking opportunities and past events, visit TBLI Website .

TBLI CONFERENCE @BOOTH/KELLOGG 2015
23 January 2015- Chicago / USA
Hosted by Kellogg School of Management & Booth School of Business
TBLI CONFERENCE ASIA 2015
29 & 30 April 2015-Singapore
Hosted by Insead
TBLI CONFERENCE NORDIC 2015
15 & 16 June 2015-Copenhagen / Denmark
Hosted by Copenhagen Business School
TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2015
September (dates to be confirmed)
New York, New York
TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE 2015
November (to be held in Zurich)


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Still crazy after all these years


I reached out, recently, to someone I knew from a Development Finance Institution (DFI). He had joined a large Private Equity fund and wanted to reconnect. His email response was shocking.  “Unfortunately it is too early for us to be active in sustainability investing as we are commercially driven on behalf of our institutional investors.”  WHAT!!!!.

What have we been saying and proving for the last 20 years. Sustainability is about business excellence and profitability. How long will it take for the obvious to sink in?

TBLI Conference Series 2015 

We now have posted the plenary videos for TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE 2014. Here is roundtable session on Water hosted by Daniela Herrmann, and the talk given by Jochen Wermuth (Founder Green Gateway Fund) on Energy Transition.  Enjoy.

Please find the sponsorship overview for 2015 here. For  further information on programs, speaking opportunities and past events, visit TBLI Website . We are sure this will give you enough time to consider sponsoring TBLI Conference in your planning for next year.

TBLI CONFERENCE @BOOTH/KELLOGG 2015
23 January 2015- Chicago / USA
Hosted by Kellogg School of Management & Booth School of Business
TBLI CONFERENCE ASIA 2015
29 & 30 April 2015-Singapore
Hosted by Insead
TBLI CONFERENCE NORDIC 2015
15 & 16 June 2015-Copenhagen / Denmark
Hosted by Copenhagen Business School
TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2015
September (dates to be confirmed)
New York, New York
TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE 2015
November (to be held in Zurich)

 


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Does Impact Investing offer opportunity for Wealth Managers


For the past few years, asset owners who met with their wealth managers were often confronted with the comment “sorry your portfolio is down, because interest rates are so low”. That conversation is a dead conversation.  It is not inspiring, joyful, or interesting. The liquid part of the portfolio often represents 80-90% of the portfolio. So hearing that 80-90% of your portfolio is down because of low interest rates won’t put a spring in your step.

The part that represents a very small percentage of the portfolio, alternative investments or illiquid investments is the part where wealth managers can really engage, particularly the part called Impact Investment. If you look at the 10-20% of a client’s portfolio and within that you might find a razor thin part that could be considered “impact investing”. It is that tiny part of the portfolio that wealth managers can really engage with the client, and get clients passionate,excited, and most of all a feeling that the wealth managers made the client’s day. Isn’t that something to which to aspire. This opportunity is being overlooked. Why?

TBLI Conference Series 2015 

We now have posted the plenary videos for TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE 2014. Here is keynote address of Ernesto Sirolli and Arvind Narulla. Enjoy.

Please find the sponsorship overview for 2015 here. For  further information on programs, speaking opportunities and past events, visit TBLI Website . We are sure this will give you enough time to consider sponsoring TBLI Conference in your planning for next year.

TBLI CONFERENCE @Kellogg-Booth 2015
23 January 2015- Chicago / USA
Hosted by Kellogg School of Management & Booth School of Business
TBLI CONFERENCE ASIA 2015
29 & 30 April 2015-Singapore
Hosted by Insead
TBLI CONFERENCE NORDIC 2015
15 & 16 June 2015-Copenhagen / Denmark
Hosted by Copenhagen Business School
TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2015
September (dates to be confirmed)
New York, New York
TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE 2015
November (dates and location to be confirmed)

 


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