What is Impact Investing and how does it differ from traditional investing?
According to the Global Impact Investing Network, impact investments are made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact, alongside a financial return. A report by the same organization stated that more than US$900mil was deployed by private impact investors into Southeast Asia between 2007 to 2017. The region was described as having the fastest growing impact investing market in the world for the latter half of that decade.
Amid the flurry of activity in the region, are there specific areas of interest for impact fund managers in Southeast Asia? What are some key considerations for these investors? How do impact funds make investments with commercial sense, while staying true to the mandate of helping vulnerable communities in the region?
In the Investor Series of IMPACT S.E.A, join me, Theodore Pang, Senior Investment Manager of SEEDS Capital, as I speak with impact investors to address these questions. We look at impact case studies and discuss topics such as intentionality, impact measurement and areas of opportunity.
For the first episode of the Investor Series, we have Mason Tan, Director of Impact Investing at CBP Quilvest Wealth Advisory, or CBPQ. Based in Singapore, CBPQ launched the Garden Impact Fund to focus on social enterprises that serve vulnerable groups in Southeast Asia. So stay tuned, as I interview Mason on some of the investments he has made in the region, and why technological disruption in agriculture could be of great interest to the Garden Impact Fund.