Perspectives on Impact: A Discussion at SOCAP

December 19, 2019

The annual SOCAP Conference is the place where impact investors come together to share, learn, and interact. As part of the Fund’s continuing effort to understand, shape, and share how impact emerges from our work, Working Capital Investment Fund hosted an invite-only breakfast for some of our key stakeholders and…
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Assessing potential impact before making an investment

September 24, 2019

We invest in companies that will decrease worker vulnerability to exploitation and increase respect for labor rights in global supply chains. We do this within a detailed Theory of Change that aims to build the sophistication of tools which improve transparency of supply chains, enhance worker voice, facilitate risk-based decision-making,…
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Working Capital Among Leading Seed Investors for OpenSC

September 16, 2019

Working Capital is delighted to announce its investment in OpenSC’s $4 million round of seed funding. OpenSC is an impact venture that uses advanced technology to enable more sustainable, ethical, and profitable supply chains. The OpenSC platform allows companies to verify claims about sustainable and ethical production, trace products…
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The Sustainability Consortium announces partnership with SupplyShift

July 24, 2019

We are very pleased to announce that The Sustainability Consortium has selected SupplyShift, one of our portfolio companies, as its new partner and reporting platform for The Sustainability Insight System (THESIS) Index, formerly and most widely known as The Sustainability Index. The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) is a global…
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The Need to Invest in Transparency Schemes and Risk Assessment Tools

June 18, 2019

In our last newsletter, we mentioned that we’d be taking a closer look at some of the themes that emerged from our recent annual reflection on our progress, and our learnings on those themes thus far. We’re starting with transparency and risk assessment tools, which play a large role…
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Report Forecasts Robust and Growing Market for Ethical Supply Chain Tools

April 30, 2019

From day one, Working Capital has been focused on accelerating supply chain innovations to enable corporations and employers to operate more transparently and responsibly around the world, based on the recognition that the private sector is increasingly accountable for labor abuses that exist in its supply chains. Until now there…
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Working Capital Newsletter – April 2019

April 18, 2019

Read our latest news here Reflections from Working Capital’s Impact Report (AKA: How are we going to measure the big changes we aim to help create?) Dear friends, The Working Capital Fund is committed to tracking and reporting on the impact of our work. We assesses four…
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Working Capital among leading investors for Phylagen

February 20, 2019

Working Capital is thrilled to announce its investment in Phylagen’s $14 million Series A financing, alongside Cultivian Sandbox and Breakout Ventures.  The San Francisco-based data analytics company is building the world’s largest environmental microbiome database, and revolutionizing the way products are traced through their supply chains. The opacity…
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SupplyShift and Ulula Announce Partnership

January 24, 2019

The complexity and opacity of global supply chains are a major roadblock to companies maintaining ethical supply chains; transparency and access to reliable information about working conditions are key to overcoming that obstacle. In the growing field of ethical supply chain products, innovators can improve the impact of their…
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SupplyShift Raises Series A Funding to Accelerate Growth

November 16, 2018

SupplyShift, a leading supplier management, responsible sourcing, and supplier engagement platform, has secured a Series A round of funding to further enable responsible sourcing in global supply chains. Tenfore led this investment round based on SupplyShift’s significant momentum over the past two years. Other…
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Opportunities and Tradeoffs: Our Commitment to Empower Workers through Responsible Supply Chain Tech

November 1, 2018

By Ed Marcum, Working Capital Managing Director, and Ryan Heman, Humanity United Investments Manager In today’s complex, globally distributed supply chains, labor exploitation often takes place in the dark—out of sight and invisible. Despite gains in human rights made for workers over the past several decades, severe and systemic abuses…
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Reflections from the 2018 UN General Assembly

October 31, 2018

By Dan Viederman, Managing Director During the 2018 UN General Assembly in New York, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel with the UK International Development Secretary at the UN itself, and facilitate another panel discussion at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit, which brought together representatives from…
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Working Capital Reaches Final Close of $25.2 million

September 10, 2018

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and Zalando join venture fund to combat labor abuses in supply chains Working Capital raised an additional $2.5 million from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Zalando, increasing the Fund’s total capital to $25.2 million. The first-of-its-kind fund, Working Capital’s partners and supporters include Humanity…
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British tech startup, Provenance, secures funding from singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel

July 18, 2018

Provenance’s new funding, led by venture fund Working Capital, will support its digital platform to enable brands and retailers to bring integrity and transparency to their supply chains. Provenance secured additional funding from musician Peter Gabriel, as well as its existing group of investors, led by Working Capital Fund,…
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QuizRR raises $1.3 million to improve working conditions in global corporate supply chains

April 26, 2018

Stockholm, Sweden – QuizRR, an Edtech company offering innovative training solutions to advance corporate responsibility and worker well-being, raised $1.3 million in a financing round led by Norrsken Founders Fund and Working Capital. The funding will be used to expand the company’s offering into new markets and further develop and…
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Humanity United launches Working Capital, a $23 million venture fund to invest in ethical supply chain innovations

January 30, 2018

Leading brands address demand for better working conditions, more transparent supply chains January 30, 2018 (San Francisco, California) – Working Capital, an early stage venture fund, launched today with the goal of accelerating supply chain innovations to enable corporations to operate more transparently and ethically around the world. It was…
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Ulula Raises $1 Million in Seed Funding to Improve Labor Conditions in Global Supply Chains

January 9, 2018

Analytics software to measure human rights data receives funding from Humanity United, Good & Well TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Ulula, a software and analytics platform that equips companies with tools to monitor human rights risks, announced today it raised $1 million in private seed…
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British Tech Startup Provenance Aims to Make the Food and Drinks Industry Transparent by 2025

July 11, 2017

Provenance, a digital platform enabling brands and retailers to bring integrity and transparency to their supply chains, raises money from strategic investors to revolutionise consumer trust LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 11, 2017– Following a successful international pilot tracking tuna through Southeast Asian supply chains, and a pilot project with the…
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