Empresas que unen sus esfuerzos
con el fin de crear soluciones innovadoras para un mundo sostenible

Todos somos testigos de la realidad del cambio climático. Todos oímos decir que las comunidades rurales pobres son las primeras víctimas. Todos sabemos que es imposible seguir por este camino.

¿Cómo pueden los pequeños productores agrícolas seguir produciendo el 70 % de los alimentos del mundo si ni tan siquiera pueden mantener a sus propias familias? ¿Cómo puede el mundo seguir respirando cuando los bosques desaparecen y los suelos se degradan? ¿Cómo pueden las empresas lograr que sus actividades sean más sostenibles sin perder competitividad?

¿Y si hubiera un medio de hacer frente a todos esos retos al mismo tiempo? ¿Y si las empresas pudieran ser parte de la solución en vez de ser consideradas como la causa del problema? ¿Y si las empresas pudieran sumar sus esfuerzos a los de las ONG y el sector público para mejorar las condiciones de vida de los pequeños productores al tiempo que se crea valor para todas las partes interesadas?

Los fondos de inversión Livelihoods han sido creados por empresas que creen que el cambio depende del trabajo y el aprendizaje en común, que los pequeños agricultores son los actores clave de la seguridad alimentaria y de la conservación de los ecosistemas a nivel mundial y que el apoyo a estos agricultores comienza por proporcionarles acceso a más conocimientos y tecnología.

Los fondos de inversión Livelihoods están motivados por la búsqueda de soluciones concretas, eficaces y reproducibles para crear comunidades resilientes, conservar los ecosistemas y contribuir a que las empresas sean más sostenibles.

LA UNIÓN HACE EL IMPACTO

Trabajamos con las instituciones públicas,
las ONG, los expertos y las comunidades rurales

Los fondos de inversión Livelihoods han sido creados por empresas decididas a lograr un impacto duradero, compensado su huella de carbono o transformando sus cadenas de abastecimiento. En Livelihoods, las empresas ponen sus conocimientos en común y comparten los riesgos para el desarrollo y seguimiento de los proyectos durante un periodo de diez a veinte años.

Más allá de su contribución financiera, las empresas tienen la oportunidad de aportar su experiencia a promotores y agricultores.

Nuestros inversores


Ninguna organización por sí sola puede hacer frente a los desafíos mundiales.
Reunimos a instituciones públicas, ONG, expertos y comunidades rurales. Juntos, elaboramos soluciones de alto impacto, creadoras de valor para todas las partes interesadas.

Nuestros socios

Los fondos Livelihoods están asesorados por Livelihoods Venture.

En estrecha colaboración con nuestros socios, los especialistas de Livelihoods Venture identifican soluciones a largo plazo, garantizan la debida diligencia, contribuyen a la elaboración de modelos agronómicos y llevan a cabo el seguimiento de los proyectos en curso.

OUR HISTORY

Building on lessons learned for greater impact

2008: The Danone Fund for Nature

Danone, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) created the Danone Fund for Nature with the following objectives: restoring degraded ecosystems, redeveloping local economies and combating climate change.

Danone was convinced of the necessity to invent a new model that would provide companies with a hands-on approach to sustainability. Rather than just offering them to simply buy carbon credits to offset their emissions, Danone imagined a model that would enable companies to work directly with project developers, in order to co-design projects that deliver strong social and economic impacts in addition to yielding high-quality carbon credits.

2011: The Livelihoods Carbon Fund (LCF)

Following the success of a mangrove restoration project in Senegal—the world’s largest mangrove restoration program to date—Danone decided to open the fund to new investors for even greater impact. The Danone Fund for Nature thus evolved into an independent entity in 2011, rebranded as the Livelihoods Carbon Fund. Nine other companies have since joined this fund: Schneider Electric, Crédit Agricole S.A., Michelin, Hermès, SAP, CDC Climat, La Poste, Firmenich, Voyageurs du Monde.

More about LCF

2015: The Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (L3F)

Building on the lessons learned with the Livelihoods Carbon Fund, a second investment fund was launched in 2015: the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (Livelihoods 3F). Its mission remains the same: restoring ecosystems in order to sustainably improve the incomes and livelihoods of rural communities. However, its investors obtain returns that go beyond carbon credits. The main goal of this second fund is to help companies sustainably transform their supply chains with smallholder farmers. L3F investors include Danone, Mars, Firmenich and Veolia.

More about L3F

OUR TEAM

Bernard Giraud
President & Co-Founder
Bernard is the President and Co-founder of Livelihoods Venture. Previously, he was the Vice-President of Sustainability and Shared Value Creation for Danone. He played a pivotal role in transforming Danone into a social innovation pioneer by integrating social responsibility and sustainable development in the company’s core strategy and business practices. Today, he continues to serve as Danone’s Senior Advisor on Sustainability and Shared Value Creation. Bernard was also the former CEO of Corporate Social Responsibility Europe (CSR-E), a leading European organization in the field of social responsibility.
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Jean-Pierre Rennaud
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Jean-Pierre is the Managing Director, Co-Founder and Director of Operations for Livelihoods Venture. He was trained as a biochemical engineer and spent 30 years working for Danone in leading management roles. Prior to co-creating Livelihoods Venture, he served as Danone’s Environment Director from 2004 until 2010.
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Guillaume Bouculat
Chief Operating Officer
Guillaume spent his first professional years in the financial sector in Europe and Latin America. In 2011, after returning to college and graduating in environmental economics, he transitioned to impact investment and joined forces with the two co-founders of Livelihoods Venture to help them set-up the business-model and first Livelihoods Carbon Fund. He started as CFO of the company and helped shape investment processes and practices and later, as Development Director, worked on the creation of the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming, a Fund that invests with industry leaders in sustainable supply chains. He now is the company’s COO and manages the Development, Financial and Technical teams towards the funds’ investments in impactful projects in the social, environmental and economic spaces.
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Christine Porta
Finance Director
Christine developed key competencies in finance, administration, and operations in the B2B services sector for more than 20 years. She holds a dual MBA degree from the French business school EM Lyon and the University of Texas in Austin. She started her career in the Accor group, and subsequently became involved in a number of innovative projects in organizations of various sizes. Committed and passionate about environmental and societal issues, Christine also holds a Master’s degree in Engineering and Environmental Management from Mines-Paris Tech.
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Stéphane Perrier
Technical & Innovation Director
Stéphane holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and an MBA in Sustainability. After a few years in hands-on wildlife conservation projects he founded a consulting company to engage the private sector into long-term protection of ecosystems. He joined Livelihoods Venture in 2013 as a Project Manager. He contributed to the LCF portfolio, namely with the Cookstoves and Agriculture project in Burkina Faso and the Cookstoves project in Peru. He managed Livelihoods projects in Indonesia, India, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Brazil. He also designed and launched the two L3F watershed projects in Brazil and Mexico and developed Livelihoods’ network in Latin America. Since January 2018, he is our Technical and Innovation Director. He manages the technical team to ensure project deliver the expected results and oversees monitoring and reporting from the field to Livelihoods’ investors and stakeholders.
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Eric Servat
Director of Development
Eric joined Livelihoods Venture in 2016 bringing 17 years of private sector experience (procurement in FMCG companies) and 7 years of NGO experience (relief and development agencies). He has notably set up and managed public & private partnerships in the cocoa, spices and tropical oil supply chains in West Africa & South East Asia. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Clemson South Carolina University, a post graduate degree in International Trade & Logistics from Kedge Business school in Marseille, as well as a master’s degree in Sustainable Development & Organizations from Paris Dauphine University. At Livelihoods Venture, Eric leads a team of five managers focusing on building alliances, fundraising, project structuring and financial innovation.
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Marianne Nowak
Senior Finance Manager
Marianne has joined Livelihoods in June 2014. She started her career as a financial auditor in Paris, then in New York, where she later specialized in pre-acquisition due diligences. She has advised banks, government-sponsored enterprises, industrials and NGOs. She began at Livelihoods Venture as Senior Finance Manager where she namely coordinated the work with Livelihoods’ jurists, accountants, bankers and auditors to issue yearly audited financial statements of the social business Livelihoods Venture and the two funds, and to communicate financial and legal information to the entities’ different stakeholders. She is now the carbon referent of Livelihoods Venture, co-designing the projects focusing on the carbon evaluation and its impact on the projects’ other dimensions. She works with carbon credit labels in developing carbon methodologies and supports Livelihoods project team members with the carbon registration and carbon credit issuances of the projects.
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Nishal Ramdoo
Director of Communications
Nishal deals with all the communication topics relating to the Livelihoods Funds. Prior to this role, he spent over 13 years working for public and private companies operating in renewable energies, agriculture and social integration. He holds degrees in Communications, Management and French Language and Literature.
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Jérémie de Charentenay
Development Manager
Jérémie graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering, specializing in Environmental Economics from leading French university AgroParis Tech. He has worked for CDC Climat and Deloitte before spending two years as a management consultant in Dubai and Saudi Arabia.
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Hatim Issoufaly
Senior Project Coordinator
Prior to joining Livelihoods, Hatim worked for seven years as Program Manager at CCFD-Terre Solidaire, tasked with identifying and strengthening the capacities of actors of social change in South-East Asia. In Chad, he was in charge of monitoring a rural development project funded by the French Development Agency (AFD). In Sri Lanka, he was responsible for implementing a rehabilitation project, co-funded by the European Union, for persons displaced by the civil war.
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Julian Galindo
Senior Project Coordinator
Julian is an agronomist with more than 10 years of experience designing and implementing concrete and innovative actions to support family farmers around the globe. He gained a sound field experience throughout more than 7 years living in different countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. He worked with different international NGOs in the fields of rural development, natural resources management and value chain development. He will leverage this track-record to contribute to the success of the Livelihoods Funds’ projects.
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Youssef Abdelmalak
Finance Officer
Youssef comes from Egypt where he worked for more than 13 years as Chief Accountant for 5 years in the private sector (Egypt) as well as Treasury Accountant and Head of team in the banking sector (Middle East). He has a Bachelor of commerce - accounting section from Egypt and a Diploma in manager accounting from France. He also followed anti-money laundering and wealth management courses. As finance officer in our team, he operates the accounting and follow-up the treasury for Livelihoods Venture and the 2 funds. He also deals with the financial statements, VAT declarations, the human resources and administration tasks of Livelihoods Venture and elaborates and follows up the budget for funds as well as the company.
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Sarah Megahed
Senior Development Officer
Sarah is an Egyptian-British national with a passion for public policy issues. She began her career doing impact evaluation for the Egyptian public sector and later working for 7+ years in an industrial conglomerate with a wide exposure to commodity markets, international supply chain, M&A due-diligence & regulatory interfaces. Sarah holds a master’s degree in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is fluent in Arabic, French, English and Italian. Sarah joined Livelihoods Venture’s development team in 2017. She is mainly focused on the Livelihoods Carbon Fund 2, launched in December 2017, where she is responsible for the sourcing of the investment pipeline. Sarah has worked on the structuring of the Livelihoods Carbon Fund 2.
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