Sustainable finance: the NEC Initiative opens its capital to management companies

Posted on Jan 11, 2022 at 6:30 am

Its news

Clément Bladier takes over the presidency of the NEC (Net Environmental Contribution) Initiative, a tool for measuring the impact of funds and companies on the environment. Transformed a few months ago into a mission company, the NEC completed a fundraising of 2.4 million euros in early January.

Sycomore Factory is the majority shareholder of the structure, born in the bosom of its management subsidiary Sycomore Asset Management (AM). The NEC also opens its capital to Swen Capital Partners (which is already one of its main users) and to its parent company Ofi AM, as well as to Eurinvest, a Luxembourg property manager.

“We hope to raise new funds this year to continue our openness to different types of investors in France and in Europe,” says Clément Bladier. Alone at the helm, he plans to recruit four or five employees in the coming months.

His journey

Aged 42, Clément Bladier made a “personal ecological transition” when he left the Coca-Cola group in 2018. He had spent 15 years there, in marketing and sales manager positions. He then became an independent consultant for “positive impact” companies and projects such as Crédit Coopératif or NEC. A return to his roots for this ESCP graduate who began his career with an international volunteering in microcredit in Ecuador.

His company

Created in 2015, the NEC was first an internal methodology of Sycomore AM, one of the French pioneers of responsible investment. Developed with the support of I Care & Consult and Quantis firms, it opened in 2019 to other investors and experts. The data supplier Iceberg Data Lab calculates and markets the NEC scores, used by BNP Paribas Asset Management or the industrial Spie.

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