AVPN Academy SDG Impact Standards User Training

AVPN Academy SDG Impact Standards User Training

Join a training course where you will learn a framework on how to adopt the SDG Impact Standards

about the programme

Our learning journey

Maximise your contribution to the achievement of sustainable development, the SDGs and the needs of your stakeholders.

The year 2023 marks the midpoint between the inception of the Sustainable Development Goals and the perceived fruition of its targets. Thus, it’s an opportune time to reflect on our progress and accelerate necessary action. According to a UN report, none of the countries in the Asia Pacific region are on track to reach the 17 Goals, and overall achievement is much lower than anticipated.

SDG Impact and Social Value International (SVI) have developed the SDG Impact Standards Training course for individuals in the private and public sector who are seeking to improve their management practices within their organizations by integrating sustainability and the SDGs into their operations. Join companies like Mizuho that have completed this training with the aim to maximise their contribution to the achievement of sustainable development, the SDGs, and the needs of their stakeholders. It will be spearheaded by the AVPN Academy, in partnership with an Accredited Trainer for the SDG Impact Standards.


Join the next training

  • Who should join: Leaders and professionals from Asia-Pacific, looking to integrate sustainability into their business operations
  • Training Dates: 23 to 26 September 2024
  • Course fee


Learning objectives

At the end of this training, participants should: 

  • Understand why change is needed and how the SDG Impact Standards can help drive that change 
  • Identify how they can use them and associated resources, and the pathway from self-assessment, gap analysis, prioritising and planning improvements 
  • Be motivated to commit to starting the implementation of the framework


Training schedule

23 September 2024

Module 1
Key Concepts, Business Case and Standards Overview

  • Key concepts
  • The business/investment case for sustainability and the SDGs
  • How did we get here?
  • About the Standards

24 September 2024

Module 2
Overview of Private Equity Fund Standards and Pathway to the Seal

  •  Introduce the 12 Impact Fund Actions
  • Using the Self-assessment tool – gap analysis and developing an implementation roadmap
  • From self-assessment to independent assurance and the SDG Impact Seal

25 September 2024

Module 3
Overview of Key IMM Concepts and Norms

26 September 2024

Module 4
The 12 Impact Fund Actions – Implementing the Standards

  • Each Impact Fund Action
    • Why is it needed
    • Examples in practice
    • Case study
    • Self-assessment and gap analysis
  • Relate learning to own business context
Important Note: Dates may be subject to minor revisions


Meet the trainer

Bonnie Chiu
Social Entrepreneur, Social Impact Consultant, and SDG Impact Standards Accredited Trainer

Bonnie is the Managing Director of The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC), a global consultancy specialised in social impact measurement, impact investing and equity and inclusion strategies. TSIC has offices across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and has worked with close to 200 clients, including The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, British Council and Standard Chartered. She is a serial social entrepreneur: having founded women’s empowerment social enterprise Lensational, Diversity Forum for Inclusive Social Investment and Pathway, a new impact investment wholesaler focused on racial equity. She is also a Senior Advisor at Social Value International. 

Bonnie is Forbes Senior Contributor writing on gender and diversity, has spoken in over 20 countries including two TEDx talks. She also holds strategic governance roles, including Member of the Blended Finance Investment Committee at Access – Foundation for Social Investment. She received multiple accolades for her work, named Asia21 Young Leader by Asia Society, a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, Young Achiever by the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, and the SDG Action Award (Storyteller). 

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Business Studies (with First Honours) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Master in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a Certificate in Impact Finance Innovations Programme from Said Business School, University of Oxford. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she has also lived in Pakistan, Singapore, the United States, Denmark, Germany. She is now based in London, the United Kingdom.


What learners have to say

“This course helped me appreciate how you get to the numbers [in impact reporting], and that appreciation helps preserve the integrity of the data and the purpose of the process.”
Kristine Mae Magtubo
Associate, Ignite Impact Fund

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications are now open. Successful applicants will be notified via email.

The registration cost is USD 1,000 for AVPN members and USD 1,500 for non-AVPN members.

There is no additional cost for AVPN Academy Suite Pass holders.

There will be no refunds. Please make sure your schedule will allow you to participate for the full duration.

Inclusive Business

Companies may choose to adopt an inclusive business model or approach that provides goods, services, and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis to people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP). Depending on the nature and size of the organisation, companies can do this by directly incorporating the BoP in their core value chain, or by piloting inclusive business initiatives through their corporate impact efforts.

Adapted from: Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN)


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Creating Shared Value Through Inclusive Business Strategies

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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.

Corporate Foundation

Corporate foundations (or company-sponsored foundations) are philanthropic organisations that are created and financially supported by a corporation. The foundation is created as a separate legal entity from the corporation, but with close ties to the corporation. Corporate foundations tend to make grants in fields related to their corporate activities or in communities where the corporation operates, or where their employees reside.

Source: Council of Foundations

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Corporate Social Impact Accelerator

Companies may establish Social Impact Accelerators to help enterprises looking to address a social problem over an extended period of time with a mix of financial and non-financial support, including seed funding, mentorship, training, networking and working space.

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Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is any formally organised support or encouragement from companies to leverage employee time, knowledge, skills or other resources to support impact organisations. Employee engagement can vary from corporate volunteering (hands-on or skill-based, virtual or on-site volunteering) and/or corporate giving (payroll giving, employee matching) to co-investment programmes.

Source: EVPA, 2018

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to strategies that companies put into action as part of corporate governance that are designed to ensure the company’s operations are ethical and beneficial for society. These may include initiatives to support the environment, fair labour practices, philanthropy and/or sustainable business practices.

Adapted from: Corporate Finance Institute (CFI)

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Corporate Impact Fund

Corporate impact funds enable companies to make investments that are aligned with and amplified by their strategic priorities, market position and resources in order to generation measurable and mutually reinforcing social, environmental and financial returns and outcomes.

Adapted from: Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), 2021

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