Investeco Capital

Environmental investment company

Toronto, Ontario

Canada

www.investeco.com

About Investeco Capital

Founded in 2002, InvestEco is a venture capital firm that invests primarily in expansion-stage, North American private companies that promote health and sustainability in the food and agriculture sector. Their goal is to generate strong financial returns for their investors while supporting companies that are contributing to a healthier world.

From its inception, InvestEco has been committed to investing solely in companies that provide environmentally superior products and services. They became a B Corp to join, and show their support for, the growing community of companies similarly committed to improving the world.

InvestEco has invested in over eighteen private companies, ranging from companies that are developing renewable energy, water technologies, resource productivity technologies and efficient transportation solutions, to those that promote health and sustainability in the food and agriculture sectors. Growth in this sector has enabled many small and medium-sized sustainable food companies to prosper and InvestEco believes that the market climate has created excellent investment and realization opportunities.

Investment companies typically have between $1 - $30M revenues at the time of initial investment, and positions are held for 4-7 years. InvestEco adds value to portfolio companies by offering deep sector experience, a wide-ranging network and an entrepreneurial approach to the business as well as frequently acting as directors, helping management and the board to set a strategic direction for the company.

InvestEco became a B Corp to recognize that the goals of our corporation include furthering the values that drive our investment activities, particularly the goal of supporting sustainable business practices.

The Change We Seek®

InvestEco seeks to build a healthier, more environmentally sustainable, more just and more resilient society. Through their investments they promote a range of outcomes including: healthier food that is more generally available to more people, reduced emissions and pollution from agriculture, better management of soils and water, increased biodiversity, improved animal welfare, better conditions for agriculture workers and small family farms and more resilient food systems.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

October 2013
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

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N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
93
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Community: Company donated majority of charitable giving to local markets; Gives preference to local and sustainable/fair-trade suppliers

Workers: Full-time workers receive 80-100% of paid health insurance premiums for individual and family coverage; Retirement plan includes socially-responsible investing option; Company offers over 26 days of maternity and paternity leave

Environment: 100% of company facilities are located within 1/2 mile of public transportation; 100% of energy is used from renewable sources at corporate facilities

Governance: Company has integrated a commitment to environmental stewardship in mission statement