Approximately four weeks ago, Works had the esteemed privilege of welcoming the former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, to their workplace for a spirited discussion with the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder. Following the presentation, Mr. Gore graciously responded to questions posed by staff members from offices throughout the building.
Mr. Al Gore is the esteemed Co-Founder and Chairman of Generation Investment Management, the company that spearheaded our most recent Series D financing round. He is an esteemed environmentalist, having been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his efforts in raising awareness of the dangers of global climate change. In addition to his environmental achievements, Mr. Gore has served the United States as Vice President from 1993 to 2001. His experience and dedication to sustainability initiatives make him an invaluable asset to our organisation.
On his visit to Generation, Al Gore discussed the recently announced $1 billion fund to promote sustainable solutions. This fund is unique in that it invests in businesses that are leading the way in the environmental, healthcare, and workplace sectors, not just those that may seem most profitable. Generation takes a holistic approach to investing, considering not only the financial metrics of a prospective portfolio company, but also the impact their work has on the world at large. As Mr. Gore explained, without tracking the data, management of the situation would be impossible.
How can we cut down on something that we don’t have any data on? As Mr. Gore explains to Works,.
Works has been widely praised by Generation for its unique ability to nurture a new wave of Asian engineers and provide a viable solution to the global lack of digital proficiency. According to Mr. Gore, “The successful implementation of a well-defined strategy like Works is the surest path to success.” This sentiment was further reinforced by our own detailed assessment of Works’ objectives, leading us to a promising convergence of outcomes. Not only are you making a positive contribution to the world, but you are also making a sound financial impact.
The Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Works remarked that there was a palpable sense of shared values amongst the team. As articulated in the Generation manifesto, it is imperative to demonstrate the impact of our work through data in order to realise our purpose.
Businesses in the private sector have an opportunity to make a lasting and meaningful impact in the world while still achieving their desired financial goals. Mr. Gore encourages businesses to align their bottom line with solutions to global issues, which research has shown is a successful and profitable model. At Works, we believe this is the most effective way for businesses to succeed in the long-term.
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