A unique position

Launched in 2020, Laudes Foundation challenges and inspires industry to harness its power for good. Founded by the Brenninkmeijer family business owners, we build on six generations of entrepreneurship and philanthropy and work alongside a wider network of philanthropic organisations. 

Although independent from these organisations, we are in a unique position to learn from each of them. In particular, Laudes Foundation is advancing the industry-changing work of C&A Foundation, and is building on the experience of its flagship initiative Fashion for Good by continuing its fashion work and expanding its scope to include other industries.

An important moment

Human ingenuity and industry have lifted millions out of poverty and brought unparalleled wealth and growth. But today, the world stands at a juncture. If we carry on our current path of production and consumption, we not only endanger nature but we imperil the safety and dignity of countless communities around the world.

Humanity must change course - and has the means to do so. Together, we can work to apply this same ingenuity and industry to new ends: to redefine value beyond shareholder interests alone, and to re-engineer how we grow and distribute wealth for the good of all people and nature.

A time to act

Laudes Foundation is part of a growing movement to accelerate a transition to climate-positive and inclusive economy.

Our vision is necessarily ambitious. We envision global markets that value all people and respect nature. An economy in which industries uplift all who participate in them, and regenerate and restore nature as a fundamental part of what they do.

Our method is resolutely practical. We support brave action that harnesses industry’s power for good. Action that inspires industry, working collaboratively to create solutions and tools. And action that challenges industry, holding it to account and incentivising change.

Our global governing bodies

The following bodies make up the governance structure at Laudes Foundation.

Laudes Foundation Board


Our board is comprised of representatives of the Brenninkmeijer family enterprise. Together, they have full and legal responsibility for Laudes Foundation, including strategy, management and results.  

Board Members:

Eric Andrew Brenninkmeijer (Chair)

Eric Brenninkmeijer is a member of the Constanter Board and is the Chair of the Constanter Philanthropy Committee and Board of Laudes Foundation.
Eric has been active in and out of the COFRA Group in both retail and corporate investments.  He worked primarily for C&A in Brazil and Europe, where he most recently was Chief Countries Officer and member of the Board of Management. He further has served in several governance positions principally in philanthropy.


Lawrence Brenninkmeijer

Lawrence Brenninkmeijer is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of COFRA Holding AG. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Laudes Foundation and chairs the committee that guides the family owners’ private charitable endeavours.

Over his career, Lawrence also held several senior leadership roles at C&A in Europe, including as Managing Director Turkey from 2006 to 2011. He also served as VP Operations and Retail Financial Services in Brazil from 2012 to 2015, and as CEO of C&A China from 2015 to 2016. In 2017, Lawrence became Director of Strategy and Innovation at COFRA Holding AG, before leading the family talent programme and development across the Brenninkmeijer family enterprise. Lawrence holds a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.


Thomas Anthony Brenninkmeijer

Thomas Brenninkmeijer is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of COFRA Holding AG.  He is Chairman of the Board of the Anthos Family Office. He is also a member of the committee that oversees the family owners’ private charitable endeavours.

Thomas has spent over 25 years working operationally within COFRA portfolio businesses and at COFRA Holding. He led Strategy and Innovation at COFRA Holding, was Director of Selling Operations for C&A Europe, led C&A in Belgium and Luxembourg, and held various positions within the venture capital firm Good Energies in Switzerland and Banco ibi in Brazil. Thomas received a BA in Economics and Psychology from Georgetown University and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.


Laudes Investment Committee


Our Investment Committee approves the grant proposals across programmes and industries and ensures they align with our global strategy. It makes sure that our grant-making decisions are relevant, effective and create synergies that will help maximise our impact. Our Investment Committee is comprised of representatives of the Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs and  executive external advisors.

Committee Members:

Donald Brenninkmeijer (Chair)

Donald Brenninkmeijer chairs Laudes Foundation’s Investment Committee and serves as Chairman of Built by Nature. 

Donald is a passionate advocate for more sustainable food systems. Donald is a special adviser to COFRA’s Sustainable Food Group, which comprises of Dalsem, a leading high-tech greenhouse developer and Ontario Plants Propagation, a leading propagator in North America.

In addition to these roles, Donald is a special adviser to C&A Mexico which builds on his extensive retail experience across Europe, Asia and the Americas, including as C&A’s Chief Brand, Customer and Sustainability Officer and Chief Innovation Officer.  He also overseas the training & development programme for the next generation of family entrepreneurs and is a member of the Brenninkmeijer family office’s supervisory board. 

Donald received a Licentiate in International Management from University of St Gallen, Switzerland.

Charlotte Brenninkmeijer

Charlotte has been CEO of the Anthos Family Office since April 2020. Anthos provides trustworthy advice and tailored services to the Brenninkmeijer family in the areas of private wealth management, tax, legal and estate planning.

Prior to joining Anthos, Charlotte enjoyed a career at C&A in various operational and leadership functions across the European organisation. She spent her first years working as a Buyer in Brussels and then became District Manager in Germany. Her journey took her to Austria where she became Head of Region for Austria and Slovenia and her final stop was as Head of Store Operations for Spain and Portugal. She was also part of the management teams of both CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) and Iberia (Spain and Portugal).

Christian Brenninkmeijer

Christian Brenninkmeijer is Head of Global Finance at Redevco B.V. in Amsterdam.  Christian started his career at ABN AMRO Bank before joining the family business in 2009 at ibi Bank in Mexico.  After a few years Christian moved to C&A, where he held various positions including Head of Region, North Mexico, Head of Finance, IT, Logistics and Integrity at C&A Sourcing in Hong Kong and CFO Central & Eastern Europe. Before joining Redevco, Christian led the real estate transformation at C&A Europe as Director of Real Estate. Christian holds a MEng in Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Oxford.

Martijn Brenninkmeijer

Martijn Brenninkmeijer is Chairman of the Board of COFRA Holding AG, a position he has held since 2018. Martijn has previously held the positions of CEO of COFRA Holding AG, CEO of C&A Europe and CEO of Anthos.

Martijn holds a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Georgetown University in Washington DC and an MBA (with Honours) from IMD Business School in Lausanne, where he also received the 1999 MBA Class Award.

Stephanie Maier

Stephanie is a founding global steering committee member of Climate Action 100+ and co-chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) Corporate Programme. Stephanie is also a Board Trustee and Investment Committee Chair for the Friends Provident Foundation, and a Board Director at Aldersgate Group.  

As Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investment at GAM Investments, an asset management group headquartered in Zurich, Stephanie is responsible for leading GAM’s sustainable and ESG (environmental, social and governance) strategy. 

Stephanie joined GAM Investments in January 2021 from HSBC Global Asset Management, where she was Director for Responsible Investment. Prior to that, she spent seven years at Aviva Investors, latterly as Head of Responsible Investment Strategy and Research, and was formerly Head of Research for EIRIS, an ESG research and consultancy firm.  Stephanie holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University and the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).


Riikka Parma

Riikka is Chief Sustainability Officer for Halton Group (global technology company for demanding indoor air solutions), responsible for Halton’s sustainability strategy and sustainable business development.

Riikka joined Halton in March 2024 from EY-Parthenon where she was Partner and lead for the Nordic ESG team in Strategy and Transactions.

Prior to EY-Parthenon, Riikka spent 4 years at Stora Enso as SVP, Sustainability and Director for Circular Economy, and 5 years with Deloitte as Director for Sustainability services. Before that, she worked as Head of Sustainability at Alma Media.

Riikka has a MSc in Sustainable Enterprising and systems theory from the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University. She is also a PhD candidate at Aalto University, focusing on commercialisation of sustainable innovation. Riikka is an Advisory Board member at the Aalto University Biomaterials Innovation Centre.


Laudes Foundation Management Team


The Management Team heads the day-to-day decision-making of Laudes Foundation to ensure we deliver results in line with our strategy.  

Management Team Members:  

Leslie Johnston – CEO  

As its first CEO, Leslie Johnston leads the development and execution of Laudes Foundation’s strategy and operating model to deliver on its vision in which global markets value all people and respect nature. Leslie currently serves on the boards of the European Venture Philanthropy Association, Fashion for Good BV and Stichting, GoodWeave International, the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), and the Philanthropy Coalition for Climate. 

Leslie has over 20 years of management experience across business, entrepreneurship, development and philanthropy. Previously, she headed C&A Foundation as its first Executive Director, repositioning it as a global catalyst to make fashion a force for good. She also served as Executive Director of the Argidius Foundation, Deputy Director for TechnoServe in Africa and a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. 

Amol Mehra– Director of Industry Transformation  

Amol Mehra leads Laudes Foundation’s bold and strategic efforts to transform industry practices, specifically through our Built Environment and Fashion programmes.  

Amol serves as a Founding Member of Funders Organized for Rights in the Global Economy ("FORGE"); as a Council Member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Human Rights; as a Board Member of EarthRights International; on the Advisory Council for the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern and as a Commissioner on the United Nations Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking ("Liechtenstein Initiative"). 

Amol is a human rights lawyer and previously he was the Managing Director of the Freedom Fund and served as Executive Director of ICAR.  

Catrin Thomas - Director Brand, Communications and Advocacy

Catrin leads the team responsible for advancing the foundation’s efforts to catalyse broad impact through the development of external relations, strategic communications and visual branding strategies.  

As a senior corporate affairs professional, Catrin has more than 20 years of international experience in strategic communications, integrated marketing, content and analyst relations across the financial services, technology, media and non-profit sectors.

Prior to joining Laudes Foundation, Catrin was the Corporate Affairs Director at the UK Government backed Green Finance Institute and previously the Head of Corporate Communications, EMEA, at Bloomberg. A fluent Welsh speaker, Catrin sits on the board of GlobalWelsh, a non-profit diaspora engagement and investment organisation.

Katy Hartley - Director of Strategy   

Katy Hartley designs the Laudes Foundation’s strategy to ensure it is clear, bold, and provides a consistent plan - while enabling Laudes to adapt rapidly in a volatile world. She led the development of its first five-year strategy and the Laudes Foundation Economic System Map.  

She has over 20 years of experience in the fields of strategy development, philanthropy, partnership building, international public affairs, corporate reputation and stakeholder management. Previously, Katy has held positions as Director of Philanthropy Communications at COFRA (including C&A Foundation and Porticus) For Royal Philips she set up and led The Philips Center for Health and Wellbeing which hosted global think tanks on major societal issues including Livable Cities and Active Aging. She created the Philips Foundation and its inaugural mission and strategy which focused on improving innovation in humanitarian aid. 

Lee Alexander Risby – Director of Effective Philanthropy  

Lee Risby steers the organisation in measuring, evaluating, and learning from results and long-term impact. In his role, he also leads the foundation’s efforts to build partners capacities and integrate gender, equity and inclusion across the programmes. Lee serves on the Global Advisory Group of The Center for Effective Philanthropy. 

Previously, Lee led EP and Impact & Communications teams at C&A Foundation. Prior to that, he worked in various evaluation positions at The World Bank Group, African Development Bank Group and led his own evaluation consulting company.   

Our global team

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