GEXSI

Impact Investing related Advisory Services, Coaching, and Research

Berlin, Berlin

Germany

gexsi.org

About GEXSI

GEXSI is a Berlin based impact investing advisory and think tank, which evolved from an initiative that had been launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos back in 2001: The Global Exchange for Social Investment. The founding parties, which include the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Bain & Company, Deutsche Bank, PwC, The Open Society Institute, a German family office as well as the German Development Organization GIZ, had recognized the need of more mechanisms to bridge the funding gap for social enterprises. The idea to build a global marketplace for social investments, however, had proven to be over-ambitious for GEXSI, which lacked sufficient resources to step by step build the infrastructure and systems, once the pilot phase ran out.

Not losing sight of its mission, the GEXSI team focused on supporting selected social enterprises in low-income regions around the globe on an individual, tailor-made basis, by connecting them with suitable partners, impact investors or development agencies after having reviewed or revised the respective business plans. In Sub-Saharan Africa, GEXSI also engaged in designing and managing for an interim phase innovative social business start-up companies.

In 2014, GEXSI kick-started the B Corp community in Germany as B Lab Europe's country partner, connecting with the most exciting purpose-driven enterprises in Germany. We run our own B Corp media channel on www.goodbusiness.news.

For us as a mission-driven company, B Corp is an ideal tool and community to position us as a social enterprise vis-a-vis our stakeholders and to connect with like-minded organizations.

The Change We Seek®

GEXSI has the vision of a world where entrepreneurs who use business as a force for good have access to the right set of capital to make their impact business model work.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2014
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

3
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

20
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

82
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

9
6
Overall B Score
114
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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