Episode 1: Bernadette Blom of the Good Fashion Fund
In this first episode, I spoke with Bernadette Blom, who is the director of the Good Fashion Fund (GFF) in Amsterdam. The fund is a first of its kind initiative to create systemic change in the textile and apparel industry by financing the implementation of highly impactful and disruptive production technologies by textile and apparel manufacturers from India, Vietnam and Bangladesh. In the interview, Bernadette explains how she runs the good fashion fund together with her team at the impact investing and advisory firm FOUNT and about the challenges that she faced when creating a first of its kind fund initiative.
The EVPA Impact Funds Initiative podcast is a series of interviews with Europe’s leading investors for impact. In every episode we look at the personal journeys of fund managers, who were the first to blend the creation of impact with the practice of making return-oriented investments. While being full of practical knowledge about the challenges and opportunities of raising funds and managing capital, their stories also convey the excitement of setting sail for new horizons. The podcast was developed in a partnership with European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA).