Aearial view of Amsterdam vision 2045 campaign

Vision 2045 features Invest International pursuing the UN’s SDGs

January 12, 2023

Invest International is proud to launch its feature in the Vision 2045 campaign, an initiative in collaboration with the United Nations Global Compact and Reuters. Consisting of a series of mini-documentaries aiming to showcase global businesses which are taking, and inspiring, action today to deliver on the Unitede Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2045, the UN’s 100th anniversary. By such connecting people, amplify voices and inspire actions to build a better future. With SDG 8 and SDG 13 sitting at the core of our business.

Vision 2045 campaign

In the campaign Invest International’s CEO Joost Oorthuizen features alongside Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Liesje Schreinemacher, as well as two of our recent investment projects with Proton Ventures in Morocco (green ammonia) and Flexknit (sustainable manufacturing) on Madagascar.

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Flexknit: sustainable manufacturing

Madagascar has a significant textile industry, of which Flexknit Holding is part. The textile company has over 3,300 employees on the island, through its subsidiary Accord Knits. The factory is BSCI certified, which means working according to strict ethical norms. With funding from the Dutch Good Growth Fund, Invest International manages on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they were able to construct a modern dyeing factory, wastewater treatment plant, a briquettes factory and grass plantation. CEO Arno Steenkist tells all about in the Vision 2045 video.

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Women working in textile factory Madagascar

Dutch textile company Flexknit has over 3,300 employees on the island, through its subsidiary Accord Knits. The factory is BSCI certified, which means working according to strict ethical norms.

Proton Ventures: investing in green ammonia

Proton Ventures received an Invest International loan facility, on the back of an Atradius DSB working capital guarantee. In support of their working capital needs during the turnkey construction of a new green ammonia pilot plant (“GAPP”) in Jorf Lasfar, Morocco. Proton Ventures makes ammonia from clean energy sources with its innovative technology. CEO Paul Baan was interviewed for the Vision 2045 campaign on their business and the project.

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Innovative Dutch solutions

“The Netherlands has a lot of expertise and knowledge to offer. With innovative solutions to global challenges Dutch businesses can really help the Netherlands make an impact in developing countries. Benefitting local communities and our earning capacity in the future, and also today”, says Liesje Schreinemacher, minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

Photo: Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst (RVD).

The sustainable markets of tomorrow

Both projects show how breakthrough solutions to global challenges, in this case green ammonia and sustainable manufacturing, are often found where private and public interests coincide. Just two examples of how we are helping to build the sustainable markets of tomorrow.

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Impact & financing

On our plans for 2023, Joost Oorthuizen adds: “The Dutch economy is all about innovation and quality, that’s what we’re good at. What we are now going to do is go out more actively into the Netherlands to look for those companies that have those innovative solutions, and are looking for financing, but also can have an impact on the world.”

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