DOEN Participaties does this by providing convertible loans, equity investments or guarantees, or by investing in funds. DOEN Participaties does not aim for financial profit, but primarily for social benefits. However, investment creates the possibility of using resources multiple times. Loans are repaid, shares are sold at a profit and/or a dividend is paid out. This is how the impact that DOEN Participaties has on society grows.
In the case of equity investments, at each stage there is an assessment of whether the sustainable or socially inclusive enterprise still contributes to the objectives of the DOEN Foundation. Monitoring is based on contractually documented reporting on substantive and financial progress. DOEN Participaties will not seek an exit as long as a company contributes to the achievement of the objectives of the DOEN Foundation and as long as DOEN Participaties has a role to play within the enterprise. In other cases, DOEN Participaties will work towards an exit, but is patient. This strategy is very different from that of other investment companies, which generally adhere to a period of six years. In the case of an exit, DOEN Participaties attaches great importance to the continuation of the mission in selecting a potential buyer. In this way, contributing to a liveable world remains paramount even without the input of DOEN Participaties.
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