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Social Impact:  International Development
Business Area: Development Finance (Equity, Debt) and Capacity Building Funds for Microfinance; Fairtrade; Agriculture; Renewable Energy; Water & Sanitation; Health, Education and Social Housing in low-income countries.
Established: 1975

Location: Amersfoort, Netherlands

The Oikocredit Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society U.A. (“Oikocredit”) is a co-operative based in the Netherlands that offers loans, equity and capacity building funding to mostly mid growth-stage microfinance institutions, co-operatives, Fairtrade, and small-to-medium-sized enterprises in low-income and developing countries. It is one of the world’s largest sources of private funding for the microfinance sector, with €1.03 billion in total assets and €900.2 million in capital outstanding in 2015. Targeting financially-excluded groups, particularly rural or agricultural communities and women, Oikocredit invested in 809 partners across 69 countries in 2015, reaching 46 million end beneficiaries through its primary investments and microfinance partners. Investments in Oikocredit are attracted by 29 support associations (SAs) across 12 countries in Europe and North America; and by wholly owned local offices (NSOs) in Austria, Canada, Germany, France, USA, UK and Ireland. Investors’ capital is spread across Oikocredit’s total social investing activities. For every GBP invested, over 80% of the capital begins to flow into the field within three months, with 15% statutorily held on reserve. This report was produced for the Social Stock Exchange Annual Research Book 2017. It delivers an independent take on the Environmental, Social, Governance, as well as Economic performance of the members of the Social Stock Exchange.

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