Oikocredit UK & Ireland Newsletter
Q3 2018

Outperforming the social performance sector, and important changes to Oikocredit UK & Ireland


Social and environmental impact: Going above and beyond

Our recently published 2017 Social & Environmental Performance Report shows how we contribute to better lives for low-income people through the support of partners, investors and donor funds. We monitor our performance and that of our partners to see how our work contributes to positive change. During 2017, we made significant progress in key areas, including reaching over 36 million people with vital finance and technical support through our c. 750 partners and surpassing industry norms for outreach to women and rural communities. 

We interviewed Ms Ging Ledesma, our Director of Investor Relations, Social Performance and Capacity Building (inset photo: Rwanda) to find out what's involved in gathering meaningful, robust impact data. 

Read Ging's interview

Goodbye from Monica and Archie. Hello from Leonard and Mireille.

During the last year, Oikocredit International has conducted a thorough-going review of our global business strategy.

“Our ambition is clear. We want to focus on improving the lives of low-income people in areas where need and opportunity are greatest. We want to maximize our social impact while safeguarding the environment and generating fair financial returns. We want to lead in positive change, to be the preferred social investor and development partner for our partner organisations. We want to offer our investors the chance to be part of a global movement for social change.”-Thos Gieskes,Managing Director.

In order to implement our new strategy, we need to close some of our offices around the world so that we can reduce our complexity and really focus our operations where they can have the greatest impact on our mission.  Regretably, these changes mean that we will be closing the UK & Ireland capital-raising office in London in September 2018, and transferring our investor administration to our head office in the Netherlands. Please rest assured that we will wholeheartedly continue to welcome and service UK and Ireland investors and members from a centralised team at Oikocredit International, Amersfoort, the Netherlands.  This new team will be led by Ms. Ging Ledesma, Director Investor Relations, Social Performance and Capacity Building; Leonard Sprik, Deputy Director of Investor Relations; and Ms. Mireille Hendriks, Investor Support Officer.

We have all been working very closely over the past months to ensure that the UK and Ireland customer service, lines of communication and website activities continue without disruption during the August/September 2018 transition period and beyond. You can see your new contact details by clicking on the contact us page of our uk website.

While Archie and I will be moving onto new pastures, we thank you for all the help and support you continue to give Oikocredit, and wish you all the very best.

Warmest regards, Monica and Archie.

Read more about the UK/IRE changes

Latest facts, figures and reports

Our data for the second quarter of 2018 includes capital outstanding, the total number of partners and countries where we invest, as well as an overview of our funding by type, region and sector. The figures also include households with access to clean energy and CO2 reduced.

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GDPR: Oikocredit’s privacy policy

At Oikocredit, we care about your privacy. In response to the recently implemented European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we have reviewed our policies and procedures to ensure that we conduct our operations in line with your fundamental right to have your personal data collected only when, and for as long as necessary, and to keep it well protected. We have also updated our privacy statement. It provides information on whose data, and what kind of personal data we have, how we are safeguarding it, and what your rights as a website visitor and newsletter subscriber are.

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Investments in Oikocredit are by way of depository receipts for shares issued by Oikocredit International Share Foundation, incorporated as a foundation under the laws of the Netherlands. Company Reg No: 41190347. The OISF prospectus is approved by the AFM (Autoriteit Financiële Markten), the regulatory authority for financial services in the Netherlands. The AFM has notified the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK and the Central Bank of Ireland which permit the issue of the prospectus. Information about investment in OISF and a copy of the prospectus is available from www.oikocredit.org.uk/prospectus or by contacting Oikocredit UK and Ireland.

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Address: Oikocredit International, Berkenweg 7, 3818 LA Amersfoort, The Netherlands • T: +44 (0) 330 355 33 00 • E: uk@oikocredit.org