Social Responsibility and Good Corporate Citizenship

Kinnevik’s greatest asset is and has always been our people. As such, attracting and retaining top talent is a key priority. Kinnevik regards diversity and inclusion as core levers for value creation, and we make full use of the opportunities that arise from employing a team with different backgrounds and perspectives. We also have a firm belief in contributing to the wider community, which we have done for many years through the Kinnevik-founded non-profit organisation Reach for Change.

Read more in our Sustainability Report 2019:

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A Small and Diverse Team

While the nature of our work changes frequently, our core values do not. Kinnevik’s team members share an entrepreneurial spirit, as well as a belief in building long-term sustainable businesses. Kinnevik strongly advocates diversity and inclusion. This is reflected in the composition of our organisation, where a total of nine different nationalities are represented. The proportion of women employed across Kinnevik’s organisation averaged 49 percent in 2019. The proportion of women in Kinnevik’s investment organisation was 27 percent, and on the Board of Directors 50 percent. Our target for 2022 is to achieve a 40/60 gender split across all Kinnevik teams.

Well-Being and Personal Development in Focus

Kinnevik offers its employees continuous opportunities for personal and professional growth in order to develop their skill set and to take increasing responsibility for value creation at Kinnevik and our investee companies. The small size of our organisation enables us to personalise career development and training opportunities for each employee. These include educational programs such as leadership courses and topic specific training sessions, as well as hands-on operational experience through secondment at a portfolio company.

In order to assess how employees feel about working for Kinnevik, we conduct yearly employee satisfaction surveys. The results of the employee survey 2019 did not indicate any significant issues with regards to human rights, equal opportunities or work environment. Out of the 86 percent of employees that responded to Kinnevik’s 2019 employee survey, 95 percent said they would refer someone else to work at Kinnevik. 

Diversity & Inclusion

In May 2019, Kinnevik launched a Diversity & Inclusion Framework to drive the important change we want to see in our portfolio and the broader industry. Besides our fundamental belief in equal rights for all employees, Kinnevik believes diversity and inclusion brings clear business benefits as it leads to improved financial performance, higher degree of innovation, better decision-making and creation of value over the long-term. Read more about our D&I policy >

Diversity & Inclusion Certification

During 2020, Kinnevik was certified by the Diversity VC Standard. The standard was developed by Diversity VC, a UK non-profit partnership promoting diversity in venture capital investing, and Diversio, the world’s leading D&I solution provider for investors. 

The standard is an assessment and certification process that sets a benchmark for best practice on diversity and inclusion within venture capital and shows that an investor follows best D&I practices within inter alia recruitment, equal opportunities, deal flow sourcing, portfolio support and investment assessment. The standard was launched in September 2020 and assessed approximately 15 leading venture capital funds during 2020, across Europe and Canada. The standard provides investors with tools and recommendations to open their networks and make funding available to underrepresented founders, as well as resources to promote an inclusive environment for both founders and employees.

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