If it’s not ethical it’s not scalable

”We fundamentally believe that working actively with sustainability and ESG matters is key to high and sustainable value creation”

VEF’s purpose is to create long term sustainable value for our shareholders by investing in the future of finance across the emerging world. The fundament of VEF’s overall mission and strategy are our core values, which form the basis for how we conduct the business in a sustainable way. The core values are always on our minds to guide us in our mission and strategy for building a successful investment company.

Sustainability at VEF

For VEF, sustainability has two dimensions: 1) sustainability at VEF as a company and investor and 2) sustainability in our portfolio companies. VEF is a small company, but we recognize the value and importance in conducting a sustainable and ESG compliant business for our long-term and sustainable growth as an investment company. Our most meaningful and effective impact comes from our capital and our portfolio companies.

We conduct our business in a socially responsible manner and are committed to being a responsible member of the communities in which we operate and recognize the mutual benefits of engaging and building relationships with these communities. In everything VEF does, we want to be commercial and fair, to maintain our integrity and professionalism and to respect the needs of shareholders, employees, suppliers, the local community and the businesses in which we invest.

With our core values at the forefront, we have established the sustainability principles by which we live and measure VEF. You can find the sustainability principles in our Sustainability Policy.

Sustainability in our portfolio companies is also addressed on two levels:

1. Ensuring that all portfolio companies conduct fair, ethical, non-discriminating and ESG-compliant businesses to allow long-term sustainable growth.

2. The positive impact they may have on the society by enabling financial inclusion of consumers and SMEs in emerging and frontier markets. While the first is a fundamental requirement for long-term and sustainable businesses, the second is taking responsibility for bettering the world.

Our ambition and goal are that our capital positively impact the financial inclusion of consumers and SMEs in emerging markets while staying true to our mandate of creating shareholder value.

Focus areas

Our sustainability work is focused on three core areas that we believe are the most relevant and effective to VEF and the portfolio companies given that we invest specifically in fintech companies in emerging and frontier markets. Not all of VEF’s geographies have adequate local laws and regulations that meet VEF’s ethical standards – as an example, there may be issues with corruption in some of these countries. In addition, financial services companies are often regulated and deal with large amounts of private data, hence the importance of regulatory compliance.


The UN Sustainble Development Goals

We support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we believe in the importance of private businesses contributing to the goals for them to be achieved. VEF’s main contribution to the SDGs is via our portfolio companies and specifically the financial inclusion of consumers and SMEs and the positive impact that has on several of the SDGs.

By investing in fintech companies in emerging markets, we are convinced that we positively contribute to society and the SDGs. We see economic prosperity as an enabler to tackle both fundamental issues such as poverty, hunger and literacy, but also as a means for societies to develop and advance. We have specifically identified that we contribute to the following SDGs:

(1) No Poverty
(2) Zero Hunger
(3) Good Health and Well-being
(5) Gender Equality
(8) Decent Work and Economic Growth
(9) Innovation
(10) Reduced Inequalities

Responsible Investments and shareholding

Our investment decision making process is driven by a strong belief in: (1) sustainability as a fundamental part of business and (2) the power of active shareholding, to ensure strong governance and responsible business practices.

VEF has a value-based approach to investments and our main strategy is to deliver high returns to our shareholders. In addition, we integrate ESG considerations in our investments and we are strong believers in the positive impact fintech companies in emerging markets can have on the SDGs. The majority of our portfolio companies contribute positively to the SDGs.

VEF invests in those companies that we believe will be able to contribute to VEF’s overall goal of achieving good investment returns over the long-run. We fundamentally believe that working actively with sustainability and ESG matters is key to high and sustainable value creation. An ESG strategy is often essential for building a strong trademark and preserving a company’s good reputation as well as reducing risks in the business. This, in turn, is vital for safeguarding a company’s long-term supply of capital and often key to attract and retain the best employees.

VEF’s Responsible Investment and Shareholding Policy sets out our core principles and can be viewed below.

Finance as a force for good

One of our core values is to positively impact the world. By investing in fintech companies in emerging markets, we are convinced that we positively contribute to the respective societies in which our portfolio companies are active and that we positively contribute to the financial inclusion of consumers and SMEs in emerging markets and thus the SDGs on a local and larger scale. You can read more about how we think fintech in emerging markets is a force for good and how our portfolio companies play a part in this here.


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