Margot Cooijmans is an impact investor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, corporate lawyer, and expert on essential Corporate Social Responsibility. For most of their existence, she has led Philips Foundation and Philips Foundation Impact Investments B.V. Tune in today to learn about Margot’s career directing the contributions of global corporations to better serve the public good.
Note: this interview is about the personal experiences and perspectives of Margot Cooijmans. Nothing said in this interview should be construed as the position of Philips or any of its subsidiaries, affiliates, or partners.
- (4m32s) – Margot establishes Good Company and dives into the world of corporate social responsibility (CSR)
- (11m28s) – Margot joins forces with the global technology company, Philips. It was her job to define the strategy during the critical startup years of Philips Foundation.
- (21m38s) – Margot spearheads the creation of Philips Foundation Impact Investments B.V. To do this, she needed to draw expertise from Philips Ventures, the corporate investment arm. Unliked Philips Ventures, the impact investments have a specific goal to improve access to healthcare beyond where Philip can typically reach
- (30m30s) – Rapid Fire questions with Margot Cooijmans
- More information about the work of Philips Foundation can be found on their official website. Among other efforts, they have provided grant funding to improve remote monitoring of medical equipment in Kenya and increase access to obstetric ultrasound through telemedicine.
- Their impact investments have included organizations like HealthyEntrepreneurs, which is building a network of self-sustaining community health workers to increase access to health products and like Solvoz, which is streamlining procurement for humanitarian response.
- Margot’s kudos goes to Ronald de Jong, Chairman of the Board of Philips Foundation and former executive committee member of Philips globally. Margot credits Ronald’s open-mindedness and courage to challenge existing beliefs as a great source of inspiration in her work.
- In her personal time, Margot has enjoyed the documentaries A Life On Our Planet and Breaking Boundaries. Both documentaries feature David Attenborough and call for urgent action to tackle the current climate crisis.
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