This research report from BlueMark synthesizes insights about the development of IMM practices in the impact investing ecosystem: which practices are most widespread, where the field is underdeveloped, case studies on best practices, etc. The research currently being undertaken by Impact Frontiers and AVPN will look to build on this research, and BlueMark is also a new member.
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This is a case study of Climate Investor One (CIO), a $850 million blended vehicle designed to advance the development of renewable energy infrastructure projects in emerging markets. It’s pioneering three-phase sequential financing approach aims to align project capital needs with appropriate investors maximising private investment while also ensuring access to finance to early stage renewable energy projects.
This book lays down various alternatives to finance biodiversity conservation. Aimed at governments, NGOs and private sector investors, it introduces an overarching framework that organizes biodiversity finance techniques into five categories – revenue generation, better delivery, expenditure realignment, avoidance of future expenditures, and catalysts.
Highlighting the potential of blended finance to advance development, this article discusses the example of a successful blended finance program – REVIVE Alliance in India created to support the most vulnerable communities that are experiencing severe credit crunch due to the pandemic. While successful, many such platforms face multiple bottlenecks constraining the vast benefits blended finance can offer.
China has become the primary driver of green financing in the region over the years. It’s ambitious BRI coalition in efforts to go green provides Malaysia – the largest recipient of investment amongst South-East Asian countries, the impetus to boost green financing efforts to mitigate climate change and improve livelihoods.
Although the market witnesses growth, very few gender bonds have been issued in the past decade. Discussing the different approaches gender bonds issuance can initiate to impact, the Japan International Cooperation Agency – one of the first public development banks to issue a gender bond, sets a precedent representing a much needed change in the market as it taps into investor interest thereby advancing gender equality.
This paper by CSR Asia outlines how inclusive business (IB) strategies can create shared value and walks through practical steps companies can take to develop an effective IB strategy. It makes a case for inclusive business and demonstrates how companies can leverage aspects of their value chain to create opportunities for low-income communities. You will also find a number of case studies from around the Asia region.
This white paper evaluates blended finance as an instrument to fill the SDG financing gap in low-income countries, and finds that there are overlooked contextual factors that limit blended finance’s efficacy in underdeveloped market contexts.
60dB is an impact management and evaluation organization that uses on-the-ground surveying techniques to assess the most material impact metrics for beneficiaries. This report aggregates and analyzes their survey data collected over the course of 2020 with an eye toward sectoral and regional trends (sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia).
Private investors have organized to urge the UK government to set definitions, agenda items, and standards to coordinate and facilitate private investment in an equitable transition to decarbonized economy.
This general introductory course imparts basic knowledge on inclusive business, its definition and features. The course also sets the parameters of the IB target groups and how they are involved in the value chain. It outlines the different sectors where the BoP is engaged, identifies different IB approaches and illustrates the inclusive business ecosystem. Overall, the intro course makes the case for inclusive business and highlights IB’s positive impact on the SDGs.
Employees are no longer just the lifeblood of companies in delivering products and services, but are essential change agents in their communities. Speaking to Devex, Paurvi Bhatt, president at the Medtronic Foundation, explained the role of employers in enabling their staff to advocate for change and shared best practices for doing so.
How does an organization transition from one-off investments to a more strategic philanthropic approach? And how can mission-driven corporate philanthropies deliver scalable and sustainable solutions in health? Here, the Medtronic Foundation shows how it has applied lessons learned to its organizational strategy.
In 2019, Johnson & Johnson remodeled its technology–business partnership to elevate the employee experience when engaging with any corporate technology. The transformation was a complex series of initiatives, but three decisions mattered most in making it successful.
Women-owned and women-led businesses are significantly underrepresented in international trade. Although about one-third of the world’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are women-owned, globally, only about 15 percent of exporting SMEs are led by women. This paper appeals to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on economically empowering women through trade.
Gallup captures statistics on how life is going for employees in a representative sample of the world, highlighting key trends in employee engagement & wellbeing and ESG indicators. Use this as a guide as you rethink workplaces in 2021.
The business ecosystem is evolving; those who resist will find themselves at a competitive disadvantage. Business leaders should make the choice to demonstrate that their mission is serving not only shareholders but also customers, suppliers, workers, and communities.
With this novel approach of developing collective corporate impact strategies, corporate foundations and other corporate social investors can combine different financial instruments to develop more holistic and systemic strategies for societal change.
In this report, companies can better understand the value social enterprises can bring to the table, the ways in which companies and social enterprises collaborate for impact, and how to more effectively partner for success.
As the pandemic continued, Gallup asked those employed in South, East, and Southeast Asia how they were feeling- documenting life evaluations and measuring employee engagement. Despite firms’ economic recovery, employees’ wellbeing dictates region’s long-term health.
As companies transition to new ways of work, the number of organisations in Asia Pacific making employee experience a top priority has surged, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson. Explore the survey’s findings on how employers are imagining post pandemic-era.
Corporate impact investing strategies often originate from the balance sheet, but companies are increasingly using alternative structures, including off-balance sheet funds, donor-advised funds, and fund of funds. Learn about the five characteristics of effective corporate impact funds.
With the COVID 19 pandemic, health and well-being has become an established material sustainability issue for companies worldwide. This webinar explored health and well-being as a critical sustainability issue that requires a cross-departmental approach within companies.
It’s critical that managers and board directors have a clear understanding that value creation is not limited to maximizing today’s share price but maximizing company’s value to all shareholders & stakeholders, now and in the future.
Global networks offer tremendous value in the form of new markets, efficient ecosystems, continuous innovation, improved cybersecurity, and resilience and responsiveness to local supply shocks. This paper makes a case for fostering openness in global networks and presents strategies for making these networks work better.
Read what key leaders think about the shifts taking place within social impact, and how to increase this within business practices and core values. Learn about the ways in which social impact strategies can create both business and social value.
The strategic alignment between business and corporate foundations, impact funds, and accelerators shows enormous potential for achieving social impact. But they can align in different ways, each with its strengths and weaknesses.
This case study highlights how Schneider Electric, Schneider Electric Energy Access (SEEA) impact fund and Schneider Electric Foundation are working together to provide deeper support to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa who do not have access to energy.
A resource for philanthropists and philanthropic organisations to explore the development of collaborative philanthropy in Asia in countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong SAR and India in recent years.
Remittances are crucial for hundreds of millions of families and for many countries that depend on them. This paper examines remittance trends, looks at the advantages of digital remittances, and offers recommendations for continuing to improve global money movement for everyone, everywhere.
What makes the difference between a sustainability program that produces business value and one that doesn’t? A new survey identifies practices that distinguish value-creating companies from others.
This case study outlines how Rabo Foundation, Rabo Rural Fund and Rabobank are working together to scale the impact of farmer-based organisations that support smallholder farmers in developing countries.
This paper examines the results of a survey of small businesses in five developing countries (Brazil, Colombia, Malaysia, Philippines, and South Africa) and finds that firms that embraced digital commerce and cross-border capabilities before and during the pandemic have weathered the crisis better than others and are more optimistic for the future.
This report seeks to better understand the beneficiaries of the ‘giving’. The goal is to ensure that intended impact brings women and girls into focus, and that well meaning ‘gender neutral’ giving programs are not underserving women and girls unintentionally.
Lindsay Smalling, Head of US Sales, 60 Decibels takes us through tips and tricks of remote surveys and case studies of effective stakeholder surveys that have helped companies deepen their impact and grow their business.
Most companies practice a multifaceted version of CSR that spans theaters ranging from pure philanthropy to environmental sustainability to the explicitly strategic. To maximize impact, companies must ensure that initiatives in the various theaters form a unified platform.
Oliver Wyman’s research for Big Society Capital highlights the direct and indirect investment vehicles that are already being successfully used for social investment, such as social funds, social impact bonds and corporate venture capital.
Explore the changing face of corporate philanthropy in Asia. Draw on 23 case studies from the region, covering innovations that illustrate how corporations are offering finance, volunteering and business know-how to non-profits and social enterprises.
Hear from Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth on how their efforts to connect people and businesses to digital networks is helping lift entire communities out of poverty, and how Covestro has developed innovative inclusive businesses and sustainable value chain collaborations to benefit low-income communities.
Read how corporations can reimagine the regional ecosystems in which they participate and search for systemic, multisector opportunities, mobilise complementary partners, and obtain seed and scale-up financing from organisations with a mission to alleviate poverty.