AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


A New Wave of Corporate Social Impact: ESG Strategy of North East Asia

Northeast Asian (NEA) markets have seen a proliferation of capital and innovation towards tackling increasingly complex urban social and environmental challenges. The complexity and similarity of issues faced by NEA markets, call for greater collaboration and exchange of learning and insights on innovative tools and approaches to maximize impact. Join us in this webinar series […]

A Showcase of Climate-Smart Solutions – An Investor Perspective

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.

A Virtual Dialogue: Addressing the Crisis through Solidarity & Partnerships

The effects of the pandemic are reverberating, with varying degrees of severity, across all the sectors of the Indian economy. As the world prepares for the ‘new normal’ after COVID-19, every stakeholder, needs to take action to adapt to their new reality. It presents an opportunity for the Public sector, Private sector and Civil Society […]

Addressing the $2.5 trillion SDG Funding Gap with Private Investment Capital

  The OECD 2020 report estimates there is a $2.5 trillion annual gap in the funds needed to deliver the SDGs by 2030. This funding gap has been further exacerbated by the pandemic. Investments into the impact space have grown rapidly with increasing focus from mainstream players across key global issues including climate change, economic […]

Asia Gender Equality Fund: Open Call for Applications Info Session

AVPN has launched the Call for application for the Asia Gender Equality Fund, an ambitious fund to raise and deploy USD $ 25 million for the next five years, to support women’s economic empowerment across Asia. By bringing together funders with a mission to address the challenges in gender equality amongst the most vulnerable communities […]

AVPN 2020 | Collaborating to achieve the SGDs

Speakers focused on ‘how to collaborate’, not just ‘why we should’. Mutual trust, a shared vision and co-creation from the ground-up are fundamental and including the broadest group of stakeholders is key. This goes beyond social investors and also includes large conglomerates, NGOs and even ‘unusual allies’.

AVPN 2020 | Harnessing the Power of Networks to Build a Better World

AVPN Chairperson and CEO opened the Conference with a rousing call to action for social investors reminding us of the need to define a “new normal” in the post-Covid-19 era. She stressed the importance of turning away from profit-maximisation, and rather, to leverage on collaborations and networks that maximise social impact.

AVPN 2020 | Investing Trends in South Asia Post COVID-19

Panelists addressed the current uncertainty of the recovery trajectory in India and noted that with skyrocketing unemployment and mass urban-rural migration, public-private partnerships and unconventional thinking will be key. ‘The role of government is vital, as is flexible capital and digitisation,’ said Saleem Khan, of The British Asian Trust.

AVPN 2020 | Keynote Address by José Viñals, Group Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC

Jose talked about the need to drive finance towards a new economic model which has been reinforced by Covid-19. As a bank they have focused on the employees, clients and their communities and ensuring continued resilience and agility. While banks were part of the problem in the 2008 financial crisis, this time he sees banks as part of the solution. Standard Chartered has put USD1 billion towards frontline sectors and also created a fund of USD50 million towards those most hit by the pandemic.

AVPN 2020 | Maximising Social Impact within Family Offices

This session highlighted that many see conventional investing and social impact on different poles but in fact asset owners should consider aligning their full portfolio with their values, leveraging various asset classes to achieve different goals. On one side of this spectrum there is conventional public securities using ESG-integration, then there are impact funds that can offer deeper impact with still competitive risk-adjusted returns, and on the other end of the spectrum there is concessionary capital for social enterprises or more impact-first funds and finally philanthropy which of course would focus only on impact returns with no financial return expected.

AVPN 2020 | Nourishing Asia: Scaling Impact at the Intersection

An underlying narrative of this session was that nutrition needs to be part of the COVID-19 response. The pandemic crisis is already discriminating against people living in poverty as well as women and girls because malnutrition is one of the largest contributors to a weakened immune system.