Green money – works in many places!

When someone wants to find out more about a foundation, the first question they will ask is what projects it supports. Few want to know how the distributable income was generated. But everything a foundation does should serve its own causes..

That is why the way a foundation manages its assets is just as important as its funding work. When a foundation invests its money in accordance with political principles, the assets invested pay dividends twice over. Its grants promote progressive social change. And its investment strategy serves to increase their effectiveness.

Bewegungsstiftung describes its own investment policy as ethical and sustainable. It thereby espouses the traditions of using different methods of applying ethical criteria to the way it deals with its money and assets. Bewegungsstiftung shares the consensus view of those who take this approach: we want to choose for ourselves what purpose our money is put to commercially.

The pioneers of »green investment« did not reject managing capital as unethical in itself, but developed a new relationship to capital in terms of the instruments used. They faced the challenge of actually creating new products, which then paved the way to the relatively broad spectrum of products available to today’s institutional and private investors.

Bewegungsstiftung invests in a wide range of these products and consequently has quite a diverse portfolio. But above all, Bewegungsstiftung sees the investment of its endowment capital as a funding instrument in itself. The challenge is now to select, from all those on offer, the forms of investment with which the foundation’s objectives can be pursued effectively. In this we are required by law to invest the money safely and with an adequate return.

Bewegungsstiftung’s Investment Committee has drawn up investment guidelines designed to reflect the foundation’s strict principles and guarantee a sufficiently secure income.


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