AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Impact Standards: Building a Global Consensus for a Sustainable Future

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)

Date & time


13 January 2022



13 January 2022


About this event

In recent years there have been numerous initiatives that have been developing approaches and standards around impact measurement and management. This demonstrates the need for organisations to be able to better articulate their impact and contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The growth of standards has created a complex landscape which has become challenging for enterprises and investors to navigate and there is a need to consolidate and be able to compare across the various standards, principles and guidance that are now available.

One standard that has gained significant traction in China, is the recently launched International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) standard for Sustainable Finance. ISO/TR 32220, this is the first International Standard published by the ISO Technical Committee on Sustainable Finance (ISO/TC 322).

Globally, the recently launched Impact Management Platform (IMP) ‘a collaboration between leading providers of public good standards, frameworks, tools, and guidance for managing sustainability impacts.’has been attempting to consolidate and align the various standards that are emerging around the world. 

This webinar will bring together experts involved in developing these two initiatives and explore global trends in developing impact standards as well as provide a deep-dive into developments in China.

Dr. Bolu Wang
Senior Fellow and Green Project Team Lead, Center for Green Finance Research,
Tsinghua National Institute of Financial Research (NIFR)

Dr. Bolu Wang is Senior Fellow and Green Project Team Lead at the Center for Green Finance Research of Tsinghua NIFR. She is the Convenor of the group of sustainability and financial experts that produced ISO TR 32220 Sustainable finance – Basic concepts and key initiatives, and CAG member of ISO/TC 322. She is also a core expert member who contributed to the IPSF Common Ground Taxonomy. Prior to joining Tsinghua NIFR, she had over ten years of experience in scientific research, innovation management study, and sustainable investment advisory. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from Harvard University, and B.S. degree from Peking University.
Ben Carpenter
Social Value International

Ben oversees the strategic direction for Social Value International and leads technical facilitation across a broad range of partnerships. Ben has worked with a range of institutions helping to set standards for impact management including OECD, UNDP, International Standards Organisation amongst others. Prior to working for SVI, Ben worked for Social Value UK overseeing growth of membership and assurance services. Ben is dedicated to reducing inequality and improving the well-being of people and the planet. He is honoured to be leading the global network of inspirational people changing the way the world accounts for value.
Karen E. Wilson
Senior Advisor, Well-Being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE) Centre,

Karen is the Founder of GV Partners and an expert on entrepreneurship, innovation and finance, working with private sector firms, international organizations, foundations and universities. Among other mandates, Karen has been working with the OECD since 2009 focused on impact investment, sustainable finance, impact measurement, entrepreneurial finance and the role of private finance for sustainable development. Most recently, she has been leading the OECD’s engagement in an international collaboration on impact measurement and management which has become the Impact Management Platform. She is also an Associate Fellow at Said Business School at Oxford University, a Visiting Lecturer at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and teaches at other universities.

In addition to other boards and advisory positions, she serves as Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Impact Linked Finance Fund and a board member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). She also serves on the G7 Impact Taskforce Working Group on Impact Integrity, Transparency and Reporting, the Global Impact Investment Steering Group (GSG) Board of Trustees Strategy Committee and the Climate Advisory Group of the Multi-Asset Climate Solutions Fund of Aberdeen Standard Investments and Big Issue Invest.

She received, with honors, a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Mark Yeh
Head of China,

Mark is Head of China at AVPN. He focuses on maximizing benefits for AVPN members as well as developing the impact ecosystem in China via effective empowerment and innovative partnership.

Mark has devoted himself to social entrepreneurship and impact investing in greater China since 2011. He is Founder of BetterPartners, an impact investing advisory firm, aiming to invest and grow early-stage impact-driven businesses at Healthcare, Environment and Lifestyle & Culture sectors. He and his firm have been driving development of the emerging impact investing ecosystem in Greater China by connecting capital, professionals and global insights.

Previously, Mark was a MedTech leader with commercial/advisory experiences for growth/turnaround/innovation at leading Healthcare MNCs/Digital Health startups/Management Consulting in APAC. He has been a passionate and committed change agent for driving business strategy/excellence for companies at all stages. He holds an EMBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University/Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and an MBA from Keio Business School. Mark is fluent in English, Mandarin, Japanese and Taiwanese, and he hopes to foster social innovation in Asia through his work and impact ventures for coming generations.

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