We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Able Foods, Australia’s leading specialist NDIS meal delivery business, on behalf of investors in our Social Impact Fund I. Previously owned by allied-health services provider Kinela, Able Foods provides Australians living with disability with access to high quality nutritionally-balanced meals, with exceptional service and delivery tailored to each customer’s specific needs. The full media release is available here.
People living with disability will on average suffer from poorer health and experience substantially higher rates of preventable chronic diseases than others. Challenges in accessing affordable, healthy nutritious food is a key contributing factor to this. Poorer physical health affects other aspects of life, reducing participation in work and the community. Able Foods seeks to break this cycle, providing a diverse range of healthy, affordable meals through an accessible, designed-for-disability service.
These ready-made frozen meals are designed specifically by dieticians to cater for the needs of people living with disability. Every meal is portion and calorie controlled, in line with Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, with texture modified options also available for people living with Dysphagia. Able Foods also offers individualised solutions including goal setting, meal plans, meals and clinical support and importantly, education to help customers develop healthier habits over the long term. As a specialist provider to NDIS participants, Able Foods also ensures that all components of its service are delivered in a disability-friendly manner. This includes specialist customer support teams over the phone, automatic claims for the NDIS funding for the meal, ensuring that all deliveries are accessible for customers, and easy to open packaging.
We are excited to build on the work of Able Foods’ founders, Karn Gosh, Spencer Ratliff and Dylan Alcott OAM, with the aim of growing the platform to impact the lives of even more people living with disability. There are a number of growth initiatives already identified in partnership with the management team, led by Spencer Ratliff and Elizabeth Brown, which we will seek to action during the course of 2023. Kinela Chairman Paul Robertson AO and Founder and CEO Karn Ghosh will continue to support the business for a period of time through the ownership transition while For Purpose Executive Director, Chris Yoo, and Managing Director, Victoria Adams, will sit on the Board of Able Foods.
For more information on Able Foods, please click here.
Congratulations to our co-founder and Executive Director Michael Traill AM, who was awarded one of the Individual Outstanding Achievement Awards by Social Impact Hub this year for his contributions to the sector.
A true pioneer of social impact investing in Australia, his leadership at For Purpose Investment Partners and advocacy with the Government's Social Impact Investing Taskforce is invaluable, remarkable and inspirational.
Congratulations to all the other winners.
For more information about the awards, please see article here.
We applaud the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance and the CFA Institute's jointly released definitions on 1 November 2023, particularly the clarity on impact investing. They say that impact investing “requires a ‘theory of change’ – that is, a credible explanation of the investor’s contributory and/or catalytic role, as distinct from the investee’s impact”.
As this Investment Magazine article suggests, it is not enough to just allocate capital to investees that have a net positive impact, and true impact investment should clearly be able to demonstrate its additionality.
At For Purpose Investment Partners, every investment we make requires a robust theory of change and clear demonstration of the additionality of our capital. With our FY23 Impact Report, we sought to set a benchmark for transparency among Australian impact investment managers, and are pleased to see our work referenced in this article.
Check out our FY23 Impact Report to find out more.
For Purpose Aged Care Australia Chair Toby Hall sat down with Vidit Agarwal on The High Flyers Podcast, to talk about his childhood and school experiences in the UK and South Africa that taught him to question everything, his early career in accounting and investment banking at the Salomon Brothers, his leadership training in New Zealand and transition to CEO and Board roles in Australia.
He discusses his leadership principles, how to have an impact in new sectors, the power of listening and storytelling and helping people thrive.
For Purpose Investment Partners acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We believe that diversity, equity and inclusion at For Purpose Investment Partners are critical in our efforts to create significant social impact. Diversity in the team allows us to better represent the diversity of thought and experiences of the communities that we are aiming to serve, promotes a healthy and thriving working environment, and delivers innovative and sustainable outcomes for our communities, our people, our investors and our partners.