impact investing

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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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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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With an additional USD$ 2.5 trillion a year needed to meet the SDGs, the AVPN Conference 2020 has emphasized the necessity of adopting a partnership-centered approach to engage a larger ecosystem to take action. One thing is clear: traditional philanthropy and funding alone will not be sufficient to successfully meet sustainability targets and accelerate climate solutions.

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“Inequality is Rising or Staying Extremely High Nearly Everywhere” – the World Inequality Report, 2018. The burgeoning need to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has never been more urgent. Countries and changemakers around the world have been rapidly making progress in coming up with innovative solutions to solve the world’s most pressing problems. However, progress usually stagnates as they are unable to fully integrate into the mainstream government institutions. 

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As social issues like unequal access to education transcends across multiple silos, like-minded stakeholders need to partner and move collectively to create impact. Find out how Atlassian Foundation and Room To Read are doing just that, and how you can do so too.

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We are living through an unprecedented time that is testing the preparedness and resilience of countries around the world. Antonio Gueterres, the UN Secretary General referred to it as “the most challenging crisis we have faced since the Second World War”.  As the pandemic takes its course, we believe this will have far reaching consequences for societies and economies. How the global economic system survives and recovers, however, lies in the effective combination of public sector capacity, private sector engagement and fiscal strength.

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Time and again, disparate industries have followed a common pattern of development, beginning in infancy as new products and services emerge before entering a youthful growth phase in which those products gain traction among key market segments. Then, as more players enter a market, industries typically face a shakeout period in which they grapple with issues of identity, consolidation, and competition. And, ultimately, industries stabilize in a phase of saturation and maturity.

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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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Insights on some challenges faced by hardware social entrepreneurs and the roles impact investors play in supporting these new solutions scale their impact.

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