Committed to Sustainability

We catalyze positive change by unlocking the potential of our portfolio companies to generate lasting impact, leading by example, and deliberately prioritizing ESG considerations functional to value creation

Reducing apparel industry pollution with ultra-durable textiles

  • The apparel industry accounts for 10% of global CO emissions and nearly 20% of water waste
  • Tights are the “single-use plastic” of apparel with over 2 billion pairs discarded annually
  • Sheertex’ tights are made with the world’s strongest polymer and are practically indestructible
  • Sustainably manufactured in Canada using the highest environmental and labor standards

Electrifying regional air travel

  • Building a commercial electric aircraft that will generate zero CO emissions
  • Requiring the lowest infrastructural footprint of all modes of regional transport
  • Making new use of the vast network of small airports close to city centers

Leading the future of sustainable construction

  • Construction is responsible for 27% of global CO₂ emissions
  • Mighty Buildings constructs sustainable homes utilizing its patented 3D-printed paneling system and proprietary composite stone materials 
  • Their homes produce only 5% of the construction waste vs traditionally built homes
  • Aiming to produce fully carbon-neutral houses by 2028

Creating an eco-friendly industrial complex

  • Vangest is ISO 14001 certified, operating with a well-defined environmental management system in place
  • In 2020, Vangest invested in its newest state-of-the-art facility, the Digital Factory – a temperature-controlled factory with advanced insulation and a solar-paneled roof that operates at optimal energy efficiency
  • Prototyped the TUGA, a versatile 3-wheeled electric vehicle designed for the urban landscape, in partnership with Tuga Innovations
We support foundations and charities on a mission to build a more sustainable and inclusive future, both directly as Zeno Partners and indirectly via our controlled entities

Accelerating gender equality through innovative investments

  • The Womanity Foundation was founded in 2005 to foster an inclusive world where every girl and woman enjoys full rights and equal opportunities
  • The foundation’s initiatives include investing in women-focused social enterprises, offering a coding program to girls in Afghanistan, supporting rural women in India to access and own land, and more
  • Zeno Partners served as a sponsor of the Womanity Foundation’s latest Gala, helping contribute to the record CHF 2.8mn in funds raised to contribute to its initiatives

The Womanity Foundation 2020 Gala Committee, featuring Duarte Moreira of Zeno Partners

Promoting sports for children, youth, and adults with disabilities

  • Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports movement for people with mental disabilities
  • The Special Olympics’ vision is an inclusive world in which, under the impetus of sport, people with mental disabilities have the opportunity to lead an active, healthy, and fulfilling life
  • Special Olympics Switzerland Organizes around 70 local competitions per year involving 19 sports disciplines
  • Tellco is one of the donors of Special Olympics Switzerland
We embed ESG considerations into our investment process, revising our approach as thought leadership evolves and in line with the industry’s best practices