2020-21 Annual Report

As we continue to learn, we are excited to share the insights we have gained about using investment capital to address supply chain labor rights.   The Working Capital Innovation Fund (WCIF) released its second Annual Report, focused on activities undertaken and lessons learned during 2020. The report presents the Fund’s approach to managing...

2020 Impact Report

Click the links below to download and view Working Capital's 2020 Impact Report and affiliated documents. 2020 Impact ReportDownload 2020 Impact Report SummaryDownload 2020 Impact Report Press ReleaseDownload

Portfolio Spotlight: Quizrr

Portfolio Spotlight WCIF sat down with Quizrr Co-Founder Sophie Nordstrom, and Head of Product Management, Sandra Granath, to understand what makes Quizrr unique in its field and how global events have generated innovation and expansion for this education technology pioneer. One Million Digital Training Sessions WCIF Investee, Quizrr, has...

This is the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor

In the webinar linked below, Working Capital Innovation Fund is introducing ‘cool, innovative and practical solutions’ to the problem of child labor, to an audience of SMEs and multinational corporations associated with the International Organization of Employers. Watch to learn more about these tools and how they can be used to address child...

Reflections on Investee Impact Management and Measurement Journeys

Over the last year, the developmental evaluation (DE) team worked with four investees – Provenance, QuizRR, Ulula, and OpenSC – to support their impact measurement and management (IMM) activities. All investees have been forced to confront the challenges of the pandemic context, which has presented both opportunities and constraints to IMM. In this article, we are sharing selected insights and implications related to their IMM approaches, journeys, and learning along the way.

Our Views: Upstream Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

As apart of the 2021 OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector, Managing Partner Dan Viederman moderated a session entitled 'Upstream Due Diligence'.   A message from Managing Partner, Dan Viederman Thanks to the good people at the OECD Responsible Business Conduct unit, I had the pleasure of moderating a conversation...

Transparency: Theory of Change Spotlight

At Working Capital Fund (WCF), we invest in innovators. Our partners pioneer ways to disrupt complex supply chains that enable the exploitation of vulnerable workers, in accordance with our Fund’s Theory of Change (ToC).         We invest in companies which disrupt supply chain exploitation with the following tools: Transparency and Traceability,...

Leadership by Gender at Working Capital Investment Fund

Fewer than one-quarter of venture investments in the US go to start-ups with a female founder, and only one out of every seven goes to a female-led company, according to the latest All In report from Pitchbook and Microsoft.[1] At Working Capital Fund, our portfolio reflects a significant improvement on this industry statistic. We want to share...

How Innovation Can Help End Forced Labor in Global Supply Chains

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to curb trafficking and modern slavery. This post was authored by Dan Viederman, Managing Director of the Working...

2020 Impact Report Press Release

Working Capital Innovation Fund Releases 2020 Impact Report Media Highlights: The Working Capital Innovation Fund supports systemic improvements in the protection of labor rights in global supply chains.Working Capital's 2020 Impact Report outlines the process for impact measurement and management, progress to date, and lessons learned for this...

WCIF Webinar: Pioneering Technology to Engage Workers

Technology is revolutionizing manufacturing and logistics in the global supply chain, but workers in the field and on the factory floor still suffer threats to their livelihoods, safety, and wellbeing. They lack information about their rights and the law, about health exposures, and about how to express concerns or access remedies to the...

FinTech With a Labor Lens

September 17th, 2020 Financial technology – “FinTech” – is an area where investment has led to impact on a large scale. As a former fintech investor, I’ve seen FinTech cover a diversity of interventions: digital-first banking, payments, insurance, alternative lending, capital markets, real estate, among many others.  In aggregate, they have been...

COVID-19: An opportunity for equality

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre Author: Ed Marcum, Managing Director, Working Capital Fund 19 Aug 2020 Read on BHRRC Website: https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/blog/covid-19-an-opportunity-for-equality/ COVID-19 has highlighted and exacerbated the gap between the haves and have nots and laid bare inequity and injustice on a...