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Heather Lim Heather Lim

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Investing in companies that create value/impact for the world, is not just for “impact investors”. All investors can (and should) adopt such a lens, as our decisions shape the world we live in and impact investing pioneers have proven that such an investment philosophy can bring attractive returns.

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Gladys Ng Kai Xin Gladys Ng Kai Xin

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With the COVID-19 pandemic, AVPN took its Annual Conference fully online for the first time ever. It was the largest showing to date, attracting a record 7,500 participants from 103 markets. The five-day event saw the social investment community in Asia pledge their commitment to advance social impact, reinforce their connections to one another, and share stories of innovation and inspiration. Here we share five memorable takeaways from the Conference.

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Pranav Kumar Choudhary Pranav Kumar Choudhary

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There is an urgent need to educate the masses about the importance of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for combating COVID-19. Based on learnings from the past pandemics, building awareness about executing the NPIs and promoting leadership at community level to ensure its compliance, may help in mitigating the crisis.

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Akanksha Sharma Akanksha Sharma

4 min read

With only a decade left to the agreed deadline for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it will be of utmost importance for corporates to align business interests more closely with the standards of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) sustainability.

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Annoek van den Wijngaart Annoek van den Wijngaart

6 min read

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the food nutrition security situation in Asia? The global pandemic of COVID-19 is affecting people all over the world. Beyond its impact on the health sector, the disease has had major implications on social, economic and psychological aspects of life. It has disrupted education, work, and food systems and shattered the livelihoods for millions of people globally. 

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Gandhar Desai Gandhar Desai

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Nutrition is a massively underfunded global social and health issue. In contrast to the over USD 500 billion spent per year on fossil fuel subsidies, the funders spend only about USD 3.9 billion annually on efforts to reduce malnutrition. In 2016, the World Bank estimated that governments and donors needed to spend an additional USD 7 billion annually for the next 10 years over the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016–2025)[1] to meet targets set by the World Health Assembly, a goal that remains unrealised. The scarcity of funding for nutrition is puzzling given its high social return on investment. Every USD 1 spent on basic nutrition gives back an estimated USD 16 to the local economy, comparable to investments in health, irrigation, and roads.

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Aadit Devanand Aadit Devanand

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In the past months, measures taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus have led to greater isolation and severe financial distress for many. Researchers are warning that these measures could inflict long-lasting emotional trauma, and have an undeniable impact on mental health. As nations slowly recover from the pandemic, it will be important to ensure mental health impacts are taken into account. In fact, the effect of augmented stress in past epidemics and natural catastrophes has been proven to have long-term disastrous consequences.

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Bowen Zhang Bowen Zhang

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In the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis that has reminded everyone of the fragile interconnectivity between human beings and the ecosystem, China is showing greater willingness to prioritize environmental protection. Beijing’s latest environmental guideline issued in March highlights collaboration efforts between the government, corporates and the public to build a “modernized environmental governance system”. Collaboration between the public and the private sector is a theme that SEE Foundation, one of only a few environmental grant-makers in China, is very familiar with as we have been contributing to the country’s environmental sustainability development over the last two decades.

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Kai Ming Lai Kai Ming Lai

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With the rise of impact investing in recent years, many high net worth individuals are increasingly aware of the pressing demand for impact investing capital to alleviate social issues.This has led to the surge in family offices and angel investing to cater to the demand. However, family offices and angel investors often face teething issues when starting out. 

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Ting Nan Wang Ting Nan Wang

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“COVID 19 has been seen as a test run for a major climate event. The parallels are clear: both are silent threats of global scale, they move quickly through borders, they do not discriminate between rich or poor, young or old or race or religion. Both are existential threats against humanity where complete solutions are still unclear. Although both threats are known, we have not taken them seriously enough and hence this urgent call to action,” says En Lee, Head of Sustainable and Impact Investments Asia, LGT.

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June 29, 2020

Impact Management

Heather Lim Heather Lim

4 min read

Why is impact management not well understood? “These metrics and resources seem to complicate things, more than help in the due diligence process” seems to be a key concern among stakeholders along the value chain, from investors to enterprise to beneficiaries. With impact metrics and outcomes differing across different actors, what the investor thinks as an effective framework may not work as well for the enterprise or beneficiary group.

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Grace Lim Grace Lim

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Investors’ interest in sustainable finance has reached a fever pitch, with the impact investing sector doubling in size over the last 2 years, according to Global Impact Investing Network’s 2019 Report on Sizing the Impact Investing Market. As sustainable finance moves from niche to mainstream markets, it has piqued the interests of MNCs, while policymakers see an opportunity to make greater reforms to harness the financial sector’s power in unlocking the potential of sustainable finance in building a more climate-resilient future.

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