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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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At the scenic Jeju Island, we curated a group of social purpose organisations that are providing a diverse range of solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental concerns. These solutions are at different stages of funding and provided investment opportunities for funders of varying types and interests.
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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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Despite the dramatic growth in sustainable finance mechanisms in recent years, Asia has yet to realise its full potential and continues to lag behind the US and Europe. While the market for green bonds has grown globally from $87 billion in 2016 to $167 billion in 2018, only 2 Asian countries – China and India – were included in the top 10 countries based on cumulative green bond issuance.
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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.
While the world is still reeling from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, there is a growing vision to build back better into a greener economy and to decarbonise the planet. This response to climate change is no longer the ‘right thing to do’ but an imperative in creating a sustainable future, placing an incentive for investors to include climate-smart solutions into their portfolio.
Our members are creating social impact all around Asia and we at AVPN are proud to publicise their new investments, which are helping to target hot social issues such as women and health, prevent future natural disasters, as well as actively reshaping the future state of the world through education. In the employment and livelihoods […]
Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank. Aavishkaar Capital is one of the global pioneers in taking an entrepreneurship based approach to scaling businesses for […]
Toolkit for benchmarking the progress of organisations and establishes a common language to use between stakeholders
ABC World Asia is a Singapore-headquartered and Asia-focused private equity fund dedicated to impact investing. We invest in companies that drive positive change by addressing the world’s most pressing challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity, and deepening inequality. Our investment themes include financial and digital inclusion, better health and education, climate and water solutions, […]
ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc. (ALKFI) is a non-stock, non-profit organization established by ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation to facilitate the company s social development programs. Originally established as ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. in 1989, the foundation has served as a manifestation of the company s commitment to be in the service of the Filipino people. In 2013, […]
Enterprise Support programmes assist individual enterprises in business development that is eco-inclusive
Addressing global complex social issues by utilizing Accenture’s capabilities
Range of publications and insight reports covering areas of women rights, climate justice, food and farming
Action Aid International help people fight poverty and injustice, making impact in agriculture, education, environment, health and land conservation sectors.
Active Philanthropy supports philanthropists, donor families, philanthropic organizations and social investors who wish to engage in climate action. We offer expertise and expeditions to learn about the climate crisis, as well as opportunities and grant services for effective climate philanthropy.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency, also known as ADRA, is the global humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist church-part of the 20 million strong Adventist community, with hundreds of thousands of churches globally and the world’s largest integrated healthcare and education network. ADRA delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 118 […]
AgFunder is one of the most active venture capital investors focused on global foodtech and agtech with offices in San Francisco, Singapore and New York. Our primary business model involves venture investment and asset management in agrifood technology. We are also the leading voice globally in agrifood technology development, investment and startup news through our […]
Smart Air is a clean air workshop program that teaches people how to protect themselves from air pollution. We target those living in cities in Asia, of whom 90% breathe polluted air on an ongoing basis.
ALSiSAR IMPACT is a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship ecosystem and has been instrumental in building the ecosystem from the early stages 12 years ago. We are market leaders in South Asia in Transaction Advisory in impact investing and social enterprise landscape. Focus work includes: Due Diligence; CFO Advisory; Blended Finance; Legal documentation; Regulatory Advise; […]
American Express is a globally integrated payments company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.
There is an urgent need to stimulate private sector investment into areas highly disrupted by climate change, such as food production, water and natural environment, infrastructure, disaster risk management and nature based solutions. Climate finance for these sectors is critical to advance the Sustainable Development Goals, including alleviating poverty and supporting the most vulnerable groups. The question remains: how can we significantly scale up investment into goods and services which build resilience to the effects of climate change?
ANGIN is the largest network of high-net-worth individuals in Indonesia who pool resources together to engage in early stage investment and mentoring.
Data and Information to tackle the Indonesian Entrepreneurial Market
Supporting entrepreneurs at their earlier stages (Pre-seed to Series A), from different industries and models
APCO Worldwide is an advisory and advocacy communications consultancy helping leading public and private sector organizations act with agility, and build organizational reputations, brands, relationships and solutions to succeed. APCO is an independent and majority women-owned business. Most importantly, we are a trusted partner to our clients. We help them anticipate, plan, execute and secure […]
Series of practical guides to social impact strategy, assessment and communication
Runs a community Based Eco-Tourism for environmental conservation of Buhatan Philippines while providing sustainable livelihoods for the community.
Arowana Impact Capital (AIC) is the only B Corp. accredited investment manager headquartered in Southeast Asia. Through AIC, we are seeking to help build people, build companies, and build value through sustainable investment practices. Our investment strategy focuses on four main impact themes, namely (1) livelihood protection and creation; (2) sustainable urbanization; (3) access to […]
An online community dedicated to building relationships between resource providers and SPOs working on or in India.
APSIC is the University of Melbourne’s hub for education, research and action in the field of social impact. We work to spark positive social change in Australia and across the Asia–Pacific region by collaborating with the non-profit, business, philanthropic and government sectors to solve entrenched social problems.
Innovative oil spill recovery and dam water level monitoring solutions receive a US$75,000 grant each to help save lives from natural disasters.
The Asian Century Foundation aims to enable knowledge transfer amongst academia (scholars and practitioners) of India with East & South East Asia, focused solely on developmental areas of priority. It works to build capacity of East Asia studies in India, enabling deep understanding of contemporary China and other South East Asian countries.
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets.
Myanmar focused angel investor planning to launch an investment platform to support early stage commercial and social enterprises