As a family, we have always aspired to create a world where talented individuals can thrive and collaborate to deliver extraordinary results. Our sustainability focus is broad and ranges from driving environmental sustainability to bringing health care and food security to the underserved. More recently, we have engaged in developing clean energy, supporting the sustainability mindset of the next generation and providing access to the world of art for those who have no easy way to engage.
Since 2001, our current generations of the family have continued our purpose with a focus on developing impact investments and philanthropic activities. These efforts have led to the establishment of ViaTalenta Group Ltd. and its operating entities – our family office for impact investment and sustainability.
2020 Letter From Our Family
Dear friends and colleagues,
Our commitment to impact is rooted in our belief that sustainability is essential to our common future; that of our family and the planet we inhabit. These commitments are guided by our Compass and policies and translated in our investment portfolios. Through our portfolios, we encompass both our investment theses as well as our mission and values.
2020 will mark the year of expansion for our investment portfolios, operating units and collaborations around our themes: food security, sustainable products and bioprocessing. Most notable is the addition of Turtle Labs Group, the home of our ViaTalenta Group R&D, to our portfolio. Within our Labs and its five R&D centres, we will expand on our sustainable innovations, technologies and solutions both for our operating units and the world at large.
In our Energy & Environment portfolio, we continue the planned expansion of our two flagship programmes, Turtle 2.0 Aquaculture and precision agriculture. Precision agriculture will work closely with our Plant Science R&D centre to explore better ways to ensure food security in areas where people need it the most. This year, we will also add Turtle Bioprocessing – our operating unit to fight the ever-mounting waste from aqua- and agriculture. This unit will work closely with our Bioprocessing R&D centre to continue our research and the development of our existing IP and patents in this field.
In our Health Care portfolio, we continue our focus on Nutrition and relieving poverty with a particular focus on women and children. In addition to establishing a dedicated Nutrition R&D Centre in Turtle Labs Group, we will continue to explore several investment targets around the world, notably in countries on the UN’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) list. These investments focus on expanding nutrition, education and local health care services with other collaborators who share our values. Health Care technologies and innovations in drug delivery are also key areas in these portfolios.
Cultivating talent and fostering a sustainability mind-set has been a continuous effort for the family’s Education portfolio through ViaTalenta Academy and with our collaborators. 2020 will be an exciting year as we launch our “Women in Science” Programme to encourage more women to join careers in the fields of science. In addition, through our Material Science R&D centre, we will work closely with our Horizon 2020 partners, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme, to continue the development of fish leather and bio-tanning – the very same that features in our sustainable product portfolio – ViaTalenta Collections.
It gives us particular pleasure to announce a valuable addition to our ImpactArt team, our Young ImpactArtist 2020-22 Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri. This year, we will continue our collaborations in indigenous arts and launch new productions focused on bridging the gap between talent, health and the arts. Our ImpactArtist 2018-2023, Gilles T. Lacombe, adds to this through his teaching within the ViaTalenta Academy and the production of new, inspirational pieces. New collaborations with museums and academic institutions will further the introduction and interaction with ImpactArt during this year.
Looking forward, we shall continue to diversify our portfolios while collaborating, engaging and funding new projects in pursuit of our purpose: “To protect and enhance the human condition”.
Purpose, Mission & Values
To protect and enhance the human condition.
Drive impact and sustainability through investments, philanthropy and personal engagement. Leave a better world for generations to come.
Exigence – We believe that only the best is good enough.
Honour – We carry out our responsibilities to the highest standards of integrity and transparency. What we say is what we do.
Curiosity – We have a passion to explore and understand the world around us.
Humanity – We respect all forms of life. We continuously make constructive interventions to improve the quality of life through our resources and time.
Cultivating talent – We help any individual fulfill their talent and acquire the necessary skills to help create a sustainable future.
Perseverance – We tirelessly pursue our purpose through innovation and imagination.
Our Group Compass
From our travels around the world, we have identified three fundamental needs to protect the human condition: Food, Water and Shelter. To these, we add Education, Work and Energy as fundamental elements to enhance the human condition.
These six needs form part of our ViaTalenta Group Compass. The Compass drives our investment strategy and underpins all the collaborations and engagements we do.
The Group consists of three main operating hubs:
• ViaTalenta Advisory (Switzerland): our Incubator and Consulting group.
• ViaTalenta Group Investments (Switzerland): our portfolio management hub and home to our global operating units, R&D, Academy and GMP Productions Company.
• ViaTalenta Group Americas (Canada): our hub for managing operating units across the continent.
In addition, the Group has two not-for-profit entities:
• ViaTalenta Foundation (Switzerland): home to our philanthropic and humanitarian engagements.
• Turtle Labs Americas (Canada): home to our regional R&D centres and collaborations in the continent.
The Group has regional offices in Canada for the Americas and Singapore for Asia.
Links to Group web-sites are below:
For all philanthropy, please see www.viatalentafoundation.org
Our Investment Strategy
We strive to deliver exceptional risk-adjusted market returns through investments theses focused on circular, systemic and non-exit driven strategies and engagements in value creation.
We apply our principle of “humanitarian investments” in our four investment portfolios: Energy & Environment; Health Care & Wellness; Education; and ImpactArt. Our portfolios are underpinned by technology and structure to foster regenerative business models.
All our portfolio entities are supported in their development and collaborations, and have access to the Group’s resources, networks, R&D and experts if and when needed to achieve their potential.
We invest in entities that not only fit our values and purpose, but can deliver social, environmental, humanitarian and financial returns. Within the Impact Investment spectrum, we focus primarily on sustainable, theme-based and impact-only opportunities.
ViaTalenta’s definition of “Humanitarian Investments”
“Investments that actively engage in promoting the human welfare and have no prejudice with human suffering on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or national divisions. The goal is to save lives, relieve suffering, and maintain human dignity.”
An Inside View
At ViaTalenta Group, we engage with many different people, institutions and organisations. To provide insights on the work we do, we have asked our teams and collaborators to provide their views on working with the Group and its entities. These interviews will be published in our 2018-2020 Sustainability & Engagement Report.
FAMILY PRINCIPAL AND CHAIRWOMAN GIULIO & GIOVANNI PAUEN
FAMILY COUNCIL MEMBERS GILLES T. LACOMBE
IMPACTARTIST 2018-2023 DR. BETH MASON
VERSCHUREN CENTRE & TURTLE LABS AMERICAS PHILIPPE DE KORODI
COLLÈGE CHAMPITTET & VIATALENTA FOUNDATION MARIBEL LOBATO
MUSEO DE LA PIEL & VIATALENTA ACADEMY KAROLIINA VALKAMO
MYDESIGN & VIATALENTA COLLECTIONS EDGAR MORA
VIATALENTA INVESTMENTS RÉGINE CLÉMENT
CREO SYNDICATE & VIATALENTA GROUP WAN JAMILA WAN SHAIFUL BAHRI
YOUNG IMPACTARTIST 2020-2022 FLISS