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Prachi Seth Prachi Seth

5 min read

Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG), though slow to gain traction, has captured the focus of investors, corporates, and financial institutions in Asia. It is a term that is hailed frequently in the financial sector, but it lacks universal benchmarks and a consensus on how it can be applied practically across different industries.

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Athanasia Price Athanasia Price

2 min read

Impact measurement is a topic on everyone’s lips, but how to get started is not always clear – especially when you’re dealing with small organisations and projects.

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Sonali Manimaran Sonali Manimaran

7 min read

What do the game-changing EU Sustainable Finance Regulations mean for the wider ESG Industry? “The European Green Deal is our new growth strategy – for a growth that gives back more than it takes away. It shows how to transform our way of living and working, of producing and consuming”. These were the sentiments expressed by European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, when she introduced the European Green Deal in late 2019, a roadmap for the regional bloc to transition to a more sustainable economy.

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Sir Chris Hohn Sir Chris Hohn

4 min read

Companies are responsible for at least 35% of global greenhouse gas emissions, but only a small fraction disclose their emissions or have a credible plan to reduce them. The situation in Asia is  particularly worrying. While East Asia’s big 3s – China, Japan and South Korea – are setting strong signals to their domestic sectors, only 1 of the 32 top-emitting Asian companies targeted by the Climate Action 100+ initiative has set short-term targets to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

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Regula Schegg Regula Schegg

3 min read

For many of us, 2020 was a year postponed as the global focus shifted to the essential task of combating the COVID-19 pandemic. But other urgent global issues didn’t take a break, and we lost ground on tackling crucial problems, like plastic pollution and climate change.

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Amanda Kee Amanda Kee

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What have been some of the most meaningful reflections this year? As we crossed into the new decade, challenges arose unabatedly. They exposed our fragilities, blind spots, and systemic failures. Yet, we have also seen humanity rising to meet the moment, activating communities for action, and walking the talk towards collective impact. 

In our new podcast series, Money Meets Mission, we curated some of the most insightful conversations and lessons learnt from the network. These topics range from hidden pockets of sustainable finance to successful systems change initiatives to embarking on a unique impact investing journey.

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Vivien Sim Vivien Sim

6 min read

To initiate the shift towards a greener economy in a symbiotic manner with the private sector and civil society, governments need to first recognise where its comparative advantages lie and act in those spheres. Through a two-pronged approach, governments can pave a natural transition by creating the right fiscal environment for climate investments.

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Prachi Seth Prachi Seth

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While the pandemic has resulted in disruptions and uncertainty in the market, asset owners, fund managers and impact investors have remained active. Many have undertaken fundraising and investment in a more climate-aware portfolio.

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Prachi Seth Prachi Seth

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COVID-19 has made very visible how climate change will affect us all on a global scale, which has stirred renewed energy to “build back better” through climate resiliency. Some of us, however, will be harder hit by climate change than others.

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David Ganz David Ganz

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In June, a forest community in northern Thailand was awarded the prestigious Equator Prize by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). With some support from RECOFTC and our partners, the Wetland Forest Conservation Group of the village Boon Rueang convinced the government to conserve the largest wetland forest in the Ing River basin rather than develop a special economic zone. Since that momentous achievement, made through advocacy and dialogue, the Group has pioneered a community forestry model that is successfully protecting biodiversity, storing carbon, providing food and livelihoods, and enabling the community to preserve its identity and culture. This model even helped the community successfully weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jeannette Gurung Jeannette Gurung

4 min read

Global frameworks for climate action, including but not limited to the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, have recognized that they must respect and promote gender equality and women’s rights to be effective and truly transformative. This requires climate finance architecture to be gender-responsive and inclusive to take into account solutions that individuals and organizations that have knowledge about gender and are working toward gender equality.

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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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