Wealth Holders: 63%
Social Entrepreneurs: 14%
Financial Professionals: 13%
Foundation staff & various other: 7%
A sample of Impact Days Feedback, on a scale of 1 (poor) – 10 (excellent):
Pymwymic is proud to announce that we are the first Dutch company to become a certified “Benefit Corporation”, in short: B Corp. By voluntarily meeting highter standards of transparency, accountability and performance, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves by offering a positive vision of measurable benefit to society. While Pymwymic has long committed to such standards (since 1994!), we are pleased to join the global movement of companies publicly declaring their commitment to social and environmental benefit.
‘We are delighted to welcome Pymwymic as the first Netherlands-based B Corp and eager to deepen our European partnerships.’ says Flory Wilson, Director International at B Lab.
As we pack away the conference materials, we are reflecting that we’ve been gathering individual investors for 19 years – but it was just two years ago that we hosted our first conference introducing Impact Investing as a movement with momentum.* Then, the question was: what is it? Just two years on, this year’s Impact Days in Amsterdam vibrated with the idea that Impact Investing is real, and the demand from capital is accelerating. Our conversations this year were about how best to scale growth with values; how private capital is pushing the banks to change, and how the banks are indeed responding; how Europe’s developing geographies can learn from the early impact investment in other continents. This year, the questions were more tactical: how do we enable more impact? And how – with opportunists entering this growing field – do we keep the intention focused on a fundamental shift in the meaning of true value and in building a restorative and resilient economy?
Pymwymic is pleased to turn the spotlight to Omidyar Network (ON) as Impact Partner for the upcoming Pymwymic Impact Days. ON is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. ON invests in, and helps scale, innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change. eBay founder, Pierre Omidyar, and his wife Pam established ON based on their conviction that every person has the power to make a difference. Omidyar Network investments enable people to discover that power, improve their own lives and make lasting contributions to their communities. With over $611 million invested, ON is a leader in impact investing, as well as an active field builder for the impact investing industry.
ON’s thought piece ‘Priming the Pump’
In 2012’s thought piece ‘Priming the Pump’, Paula Goldman, Director, Knowledge & Advocacy expands on use of different sources of money. “The type of capital that is most needed (and in shortest supply) to advance impact investing is early stage risk capital. We need investors who are willing to take outsized risks – and a patient outlook – on socially impactful innovations that can scale to touch millions of lives”. Pymwymic has been priming the pump in Europe, and we completely agree.