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Jennifer Buckley Jennifer Buckley

Investing in women-led or owned businesses is not enough to achieve women’s economic empowerment. However, that is still not enough to achieve women’s economic empowerment. We need to strengthen existing initiatives that support women economic empowerment and/or address any discriminatory practices. In fact, companies that commit to strong internal gender equality and continuous operational improvements will be superior business performers, both financially and socially.

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Prachi Seth Prachi Seth

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Over 8 billion kilograms of plastic enter the world’s oceans every year. Marine plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental concerns facing the world today. Asia, in particular, has been detrimental to the oceans, with 5 countries – China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – generating ~60% of this marine plastic waste leakage.

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Naina Subberwal Batra Naina Subberwal Batra

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We are drowning in plastics. Unless we change our behavior, there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the ocean by 2050. Solving this crisis requires us to do more than just banning plastic straws. We need a paradigm shift. We must adopt deep structural changes to our plastic production and consumption patterns in order to move away from the extractive linear model of ‘take, make, use and dispose’ towards a ‘closed-loop’ circular economy – an economy that is intentionally restorative.

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Christina Ameln Christina Ameln

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Measuring impact is hard. Why is this so? Impact means different things to different people. Every different sector – including non-profits, impact investors, foundations and corporations – have differing views on the definition of impact. While these perspectives differ in many ways, a few themes are common.

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Sangeetha Watson Sangeetha Watson

4 min read

Inclusive Business (IB) is a novel concept in Asia, but highly relevant. Aiming to catalyse social impact in a financially viable way, it provides opportunities for private and public sector players to work alongside communities at the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) to enable sustainable livelihoods for all.

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Sangeetha Watson Sangeetha Watson

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Impact investing is growing in Asia, but identifying investable opportunities that align with your mission as an investor can be trying. The Inclusive Business (IB) sector presents a unique opportunity to address this challenge.

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Amanda Kee Amanda Kee

4 min read

He is transforming lives in rural Mekong through quilt-making. He explains how participatory community development empowers women at the BoP to earn more income, build better homes, improve healthcare, and send their children to school.

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Diana Chiu Diana Chiu

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Can you imagine moving from a tiny rural village in Vietnam to take a job in a big city? Can you imagine doing it without savings? Without wider family support? Now imagine taking your child with you. The whole point is to find work but who looks after the child? Just how does Vietnam address challenges prompted by urban migration? Its need to find workers for factories? Specifically, how does Vietnam continue to grow AND look after its children?

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Outi Gruener Outi Gruener

Investors generally operate within market infrastructures that do not prioritise social, environmental and economic considerations. We are, therefore, required to ask: how can more capital be mobilized towards impact?

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Laura Barnett Laura Barnett

4 min read

How do intermediaries in Vietnam build the ecosystem for social impact? Member LIN Center for Community Development builds resilient cross-sector partnerships for scalable and sustainable business development.

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Pioneering companies and financial institutions have been crucial in promoting sustainable agriculture and forestry investment, yet progress has been slow. USAID Green Invest Asia is taking the lead by working with mid-growth enterprises and linking them with investors to scale up profitable and sustainable agriculture and forestry practices.

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Megan Argyriou Megan Argyriou

3 min read

In a global agreement to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, Southeast Asian countries, have committed themselves to achieve the goal of net zero emissions by 2050. ClimateWorks Australia offers a few solutions.

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