We do what is legally, ethically and morally right irrespectively of how we are formally and informally rewarded. Our choices are coherent with our values, purpose and strategy. When in doubt, we always follow the more conservative approach.
We genuinely care about the well-being of our clients, business partners, co-workers and the companies in which we invest. We believe it is our mission to help people, companies and institutions achieve their full potential financially, socially and intellectually. We proactively develop and cross-mentor one another.
We support each other. We are a “One-Firm” firm, with no silos and no “brilliant jerks”. The Archipelago is a network of relationships – inside and outside our 4-walls. We believe that to find, nurture and coordinate its collective intelligence is immensely more powerful than to rely mainly on our internal team IQ.
We believe great businesses governed and managed by lucid, honest, competent people, are the world’s most powerful wealth and productivity linchpin. Owning shares in a few of these exceptional companies for long periods of time is one of the most rewarding investments one can make. Still, perfect companies do not exist: we aim at finding and helping out the very few that can become great investments. Margin of safety is so much more than the supposedly objective price-value discount you pay at entry.
We invest with a business owner/partner mindset and see ourselves as stewards and co-creators of long-term value in our invested companies: we help pinpoint and address the board issues that matter, leveraging not only our experience, but our social ecosystem – the Archipelago Network.
We only invest our team’s time and attention in sectors in which we believe our experience and network can provide us with a clear edge, such as consumer goods, retail, services and selected industrials.