TBLI 20th Anniversary-What Now?

As you can see TBLI made it big on Times Square, thanks to Nasdaq.

Our 20th Anniversary, last week, was a great success. I want to thank all those who attended and supported us. It was a joy engaging with so many thoughtful, passionate, committed, generous, thought leaders. I was particularly touched by this testimonial.

“I admit that slavefreetrade did not attend with high hopes of making impact, as the 1% crowd is very different from the people we usually mingle with. But it was overwhelming to find that our work delivered what seemed to be clear emotional touchpoints for many investors. The ESG investment community is not one we had before the chance to mix with. Being able to bridge social impact work with ESG investing was breathtakingly interesting, refreshing and, frankly, very reassuring about the quality of people in general.”

Brian Iselin-President, slavefreetrade.org

For those that want to get an impression of the event. We have posted photos of the event, and will be updating our website with presentations made, and reports, shortly.

Going forward we have been working on several innovative ideas that will allow us to scale our capacity building work and mobilising more assets towards Value(s) Investing. Stay tuned.

Tribute Robert Rubinstein

During the last TBLI Conference in Stockholm, last week, my wife, Rieki Crins, gave me a beautiful surprise. In secret, which is not easy, she had been colleting testimonials from various friends and thought leaders. I was totally surprised and overwhelmed with such a beautiful gesture. Thank you to all who participated.

For those interested, you can find the book here. We have received several more testimonials since publishing the book, so we will update it.

Robert Rubinstein Speaking at Upcoming events:

Prestel & Partner- Family Office Forum Zurich, 14 – 15 November

Principals or Family Offices have free admission whilst solution providers must reserve a limited pass
Contact: office@prestelandpartner.com

I would like to be speaker/and or sponsor

 TBLI Impact Dinners

TBLI Foundation is organising 6 Value(s) Investing private dinners as fund raisers for its work in building a global community of Values Investors. The 6 dinners will be held in various European locations from Oct.-Dec,  for a small group of thought leaders (25 max.). The goal is to support each other in our ambition of scaling up Value(s) Investing.
You will enjoy the food, company and conversation. The location will always be warm, comfortable,refreshing with delicious food and wine.
Come meet your peers, in a trusted environment,  who share a passion of using investment to improve society and the environment, as well as making money.
The costs for attending the dinner are Euros 295,— (equivalent amount in Pounds, CHF, or SEK) Just click on the register button for the event that you would like to attend and fill in registration form.
Locations are:
October 11, Amsterdam-The Dylan Amsterdam
October 30, Zurich Haus zum Rüden
Nov. 9, Geneva Cercle de la Terrasse
Nov. 23, Milan Giacomo Arengario 
Dec. 5, London, House of St. Barnabus
Dec. 13, Paris, Cercle de L’Union Interalliée
If you would like to join us, please send email


The birth of a new era

When I started TBLI, 20 years ago, social media did not exist and thought leaders or influencers working to create a values based investing industry,  were few and far between. There was no CDP, no PRI, no Montreal Pledge, no ESG or Impact Investing community (GIIN, AVPN, EVPA, Eurosif, etc.).

The marketing people took over the field thinking that SRI/ESG etc would be a way to get more money to manage. They failed as the placement of SRI funds was not a successful event, initially. What became successful was the realisation that Social, Environmental and Governance factors would be come pervasive and will slowly make their way into the mainstream language. The battle is now for the value of that language: will it weaken in an Orwellian newspeak or will the ideas and the words take over.

I believe that ESG and Impact or what I like to call Value(s) Investing will become all pervasive, and TBLI through all its efforts was instrumental in achieving that. I believe it will provide investors what they all ultimately want; Investments that look at all risk factors, social, environmental, governance and financial, leading to Market Rate Return with a Social and Environmental added value. 

Accelerating Value(s) Investing

TBLI will be celebrating its 20th anniversary, in Stockholm at Nasdaq, Sept. 28-29.  Moving forward, TBLI will be transitioning to TBLI 2.0.- Accelerating ESG and Impact Investing strategies and money flows by asset owners and managers. We have been working on that and have some exciting new initiatives that.

Come join us for the next Chapter.

Batman Returns

To stay focussed on the job at hand, important to laugh, be authentic, and committed. Watching Larry David helps.

Overnight success after 20 years

I was reflecting on the upcoming TBLI Conference Nordic 2017, and realised that this will be our 20th Anniversary. I couldn’t believe it. Had it been 20 years since we started TBLI, educating asset owner and managers about ESG and Impact Investing? Time really flew. I started to think of what had been accomplished. That was an even bigger eye opener.

This reflection coincided with a road show that I was planning for Copenhagen, so I decided to host a small seminar in Copenhagen at Rainmaking Loft, to discuss 20 years TBLI and what had been accomplished. In preparing, for this seminar, I reflected on what were the major breakthroughs that created the eco-system that we have now and what role did TBLI play in that. It was a great exercise as I forgot how TBLI influenced several important ESG and Impact breakthroughs. In addition,  those attending the seminar enjoyed thoroughly the 3 hour talk. The interaction with the audience was what I really enjoyed. I will definitely use part of that presentation for my opening talk at TBLI Nordic 2017 in Stockholm, Sept 28-29th, as Nasdaq.

We often forget what has worked and the progress we have made. `it. is important to avoid only listening  to headlines of a non-empathetic super power, or out of control climate change. Those stories are true and disturbing, but let’s not forget where we started from 20 years ago, and where are we now. I remember speaking to corporate groups, 20 years ago, who were afraid to hear the TBLI  story or even touch any publication dealing with ESG or Impact. Now everyone wants to join or be part of the ESG/Impact Fitness Club. That is wonderful. Now if we could only get those to actually do the exercises and reveal how much weight they lost.

I guess we are all an overnight success after 20 years. Come join us to celebrate.

Fully Recovered and Ready to Go!

I want to thank everyone who has sent me wishes for a speedy recovery. Your encouragement and well wishes were extremely appreciated and essential to getting me back to health, both physical and mental. I am back, and completely recovered. Being forced to stay chained to a penicillin pump for nearly 9 weeks in a hospital, has not been exactly a thrilling experience. The boredom was interrupted by some dips, but in general, the time went quickly without too much incident. This hospital stay has been an extremely valuable experience. I think one of the most important lesson was truly accepting the situation that I had. Endocarditis is a serious heart illness, and it needed serious treatment. No shortcuts. The treatment of 9 weeks of pumping penicillin 24 hours a day to kill the infection was not something I had ever experienced. I had never needed a hospital stay. Never had any serious illness or even broke a finger. When I came to the hospital the first day, we couldn’t believe what the doctor said. “You will have to stay here for 6 weeks. There is no way you are going to TBLI Asia in 10 days. Forget it.” The initial shock transformed to fear, loneliness, disbelief, unacceptability, unhappiness, to eventually acceptance. It is as it is, or was.
The support by friends and family had been a great inspiration. That old adage that you know who your friends are when you need help. The numbers and degree of offers of help was overwhelming. I remember saying to Rieki, “ Wow. We have a lot of friends”. Knowing that and the level of support that we received was extremely comforting during the time that Rieki and Carolyn were suddenly given the responsibility to organize and run TBLI Asia. I particularly want to thank Giulio who was there to fill in for me in Bangkok, and couldn’t do enough to help. Finally, I would like to thank all the attendees who worked to make the event a great success in my absence.
I am really enjoying being home and am looking forward to picking up my life and working on all the projects and inspiration I have. This period of recovery has been very beneficial to my physical well being. The time for self reflection, spiritual spring cleaning and seeing the vast loving support network that we have made all the difference. Thank you. I am looking forward to greeting you all, in the near future, and following the vision “The World will benefit when economy supports well-being“.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.“
–Eleanor Roosevelt

Brooklyn Bridge Angel of the Month

This month’s angel of the month are all the caregivers at St. Lucas Andreas Hospital, Amsterdam Medical Center, Onze Lieve Vrouwgasthuis Hospital and all the ambulance personnel that took care of me. Never having had a hospital stay, I had no idea what to expect. The hospital stay was quite a revelation. I was shocked at the number of people involved with making one individual better. I never met so many people who were totally dedicated to their profession and enjoyed what they were doing. Nothing was too much or too complicated. Not only did the nursing staff provide the physical care needed, but they provided the emotional support, too.
Michael Moore’s new film Sicko is absolutely no reflection of the Dutch heath care system.

I particularly want to thank Suzanne, Breg, Betsy, Tecla, Piet, Rina, Joyce, Annemiek, Riz, Ellen and Moniek. Your support made an unpleasant situation much more bearable. Thank you and congratulations to you and all the rest of the staff on being the Angel of the month. You all made a lasting impression and I am eternally grateful.