Markets & Ventures:

CCIF facilitates the development of products and markets to achieve environmental, social and monetary dividends by providing the necessary infrastructure to transform markets and products in a way that protects natural resources and improves social welfare internationally. Working with our clients CCIF assesses and designs opportunities and solutions to transform destructive practices and industries and develop strategic investments in improved business models and enterprises. This includes solutions to support sustainable, market –based certification efforts, developing business plans for sustainable enterprises (mariculture, eco-tourism, etc) and designing projects to link communities with microfinance partners to catalyze and sustain alternative livelihood options.


A list of CCIF projects in our Markets & Ventures practice area is provided below:


Capacity Building in NGO-Corporate Seafood Partnerships, Global (2008-2009). On behalf of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, CCIF updated the map of the sustainable seafood corporate partnership landscape, outlined the current capacity within the Packard grantee community, and identified the resources and competencies needed to fulfill current and upcoming partnerships.


Seafood Sustainability Metrics, Global (2008). On behalf of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, CCIF developed a methodology to track the progress of the Foundation’s seafood market transformation work and also provided baseline data for the tracking effort. CCIF defined and researched metrics in five overarching categories: industry engagement in sustainable seafood, certification of seafood, issue salience of “sustainable seafood,” US seafood consumption and consumer demographic analysis.


Sea Change Fund, California. (2004). CCIF conducted due diligence and supported the design of the Sea Change Investment Fund which seeks to make profitable investments in progressive companies that promote access to seafood from environmentally preferable sources.


Funding Opportunities for Pollinator Protection in North America, North America (2003). CCIF conducted research and published a report for the Pollinator Protection Campaign, with Support from the Turner Foundation.


Opportunities for Philanthropic Investors in Biodiversity Conservation Incentive Systems, Global (2001-2003). CCIF provided support to various private and institutional investors seeking to structure and syndicate ‘green’ investment funds, including VC funds, timber investment management organizations, foundation PRI programs, and conservation funds.


Queen of the Seas Science and Research Vessel Business Plan, Indonesia (2002). CCIF developed a business plan for a science and recreational vessel planning to operate in the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape.


Reef Product Alliance Business Plan. Pacific Ocean. (2001). CCIF lead a team of venture capitalists and tropical fisheries experts on the development of a business plan which calls for the creation of a separate, for-profit limited liability investment corporation, the Reef Product Alliance (RPA). RPA’s objective is to finance the conversion of leading companies in the international aquarium fish and marine ornamentals trade to fully sustainable practices. Professional will manage RPA. The plan identified specific companies interested in formally integrating to create integrated supply chains from the United States into both Indonesia and the Philippines. The RPA business plan development was funded through grants from the Packard Foundation and the International Finance Corporation.


Analysis of Destructive Reef Fishing Practices in the Indo-Pacific. Pacific Ocean. (2001). CCIF conducted a multi-month assessment and analysis of the economic drivers of destructive fishing practices in the Indo-Pacific region – specially looking at Fiji, Indonesia, Australia and the Philippines. A report summarizes our findings was published as a companion to CCIF’s RPA Business Plan.

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