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Work for ‘inclusive business,’ Zobel de Ayala urges firms

Tycoon Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala has urged private enterprises to join the bandwagon on “inclusive growth,” saying business initiatives that help address inequality in the country can be profitable.

In fact, he said that enterprises that would not take into account the lowest-income groups in their business models would eventually lose out in the market competition.

In a forum on Monday organized by the Asian Development Bank, Ayala said the responsibility of making the benefits of economic growth more equitable did not lie on the government alone, but the private sector as well. While the state was in charge of providing an enabling regulatory environment, he said private firms should take the lead role in investing in initiatives that help achieve inclusive growth.

Inclusive growth, which has become a buzz phrase among economists, is a favorable situation wherein a growing economy is actually helping lift people out of poverty.


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A two-day Regional Forum on “Investing in Inclusive Business in Asia” will start from today (Wednesday)in Philippians which will highlight the innovative and impactful inclusive business models from across the region. 

The forum will review the growing interest of private investors in this marketplace, and discuss the important role development finance institutions (DFIs) can play in accelerating the growth and impact of this field in the region.

The Forum will also discuss the findings and recommendations of various inclusive business market studies Asian Development Bank (ADB) has done in 10 Asian countries. The Forum will offer expert-led discussions for both experienced and new investors, inclusive business practitioners, thought leaders from academia and civil society, as well representatives of the development assistance community.

It will also highlight the body of practice from Latin America through the participation of the Inter-American Development Bank who has played a catalytic role in promoting impact investing and inclusive business development in Latin America through successfully deploying US$260 million in more than 40 investments across the region over the last six years.


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BusinessMirror - PHL potential for addressing poverty cited

The Philippines has a huge market potential for increasing so-called inclusive businesses (IBs) that could help address poverty, a study prepared for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) disclosed.

The “Inclusive Business Market Scoping Study,” prepared by the Asian Social Enterprise Incubator Inc.  (Asei) for ADB noted that only a small number of companies in the Philippines could be classified as “inclusive business.”

ADB defined inclusive businesses as private-sector investments specifically targeting “the base of the income pyramid [BoP] or low-income market” with the double purpose of making reasonable profit and creating tangible development impact through the provision of jobs.

The BoPs are those living below the $3 to $4 poverty line and represent an “interesting business opportunity” as a substantial new market for goods and services.


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Sunlabob CEO to engage in Asian Development Bank dialogue about creating thriving ecosystem for inclusive businesses and impact investors - News 2012 - Sunlabob

Sunlabob CEO to engage in Asian Development Bank dialogue about creating thriving ecosystem for inclusive businesses and impact investors - News 2012 - Sunlabob | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Sunlabob CEO to engage in Asian Development Bank dialogue about creating thriving ecosystem for inclusive businesses and impact investors - News 2012 tt Andy Schroeter, co-founder and CEO of Sunlabob Renewable Energy, will participate in the Asian...
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Confidence in social impact claims 'shockingly low' - The Guardian (blog)

Confidence in social impact claims 'shockingly low' - The Guardian (blog) | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
The first point would be that not all of that finance is available to social enterprises. Why is demonstrable social impact sometimes overlooked by social investors? We assume that social investors are looking for profitable businesses with a social impact they can evidence, so those who can demonstrate social impact have an advantage over those who cannot. The reality is that the paramount draw for social investors is the financial sustainability of an organisation. Those which have a tight business model and can generate financial returns will always be favoured, whether or not they claim astounding social impact.

Over and above this primary financial criterion, the credibility of existing social impact measurement tools is a major issue. Our research reveals shockingly low levels of confidence in the social impact claims of social enterprises. On one hand, these claims are treated with scepticism because of suspicions that the impact measurement process is engineered to hit a benchmark figure — a social return on investment of £6, for example.
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Ashoka Invest in Innovation

Ashoka Invest in Innovation | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Invest in Innovation will allow you to combine both your philanthropy and goodwill with Ashoka’s expertise in sourcing top social entrepreneurs to support people and ideas that are changing systems worldwide. In other words, you can now directly sponsor your favorite up-and-coming Ashoka Fellows and their high-impact projects, helping them launch their careers in the social good sector. With donations as small as $10, it’s an easy and economical way to help these creative changemakers take their ideas to scale faster than ever before.

You'll be able to search for Fellows projects based on your passions—learn what the Fellow has already accomplished and find out how they plan to step their game up in the future. We’ll also be featuring group giving, which will allow you to pool resources between family, friends, and co-workers in support of a single Fellow. Invest in Innovation will also let users pick out Ashoka Fellow gift cards—we call them gifts that gives back—just in time for the upcoming holidays.

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From Philanthropy to Impact Investing: The Role of Women Investors in Asia | The Story Exchange

From Philanthropy to Impact Investing: The Role of Women Investors in Asia | The Story Exchange | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

IIX’s database shows that women investors are more socially-minded and tend to focus on more human-centric investments such as health and education, rather than technology-focused energy businesses. Most importantly, women’s strong relationship with philanthropy means that they tend to donate more of their wealth to philanthropic means than men. As the world’s attention turns towards the development potential of social capital markets in the region, this creates an opportunity of transferring large amounts of wealth from the philanthropy sphere into impact investing.

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A Solar Device to Help Sterilize Instruments

A Solar Device to Help Sterilize Instruments | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
A simple solar-powered autoclave can effectively steam-sterilize surgical instruments, a study finds, making it a good alternative for rural areas lacking other means.
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Bamboo Finance Acquires Accion Investment Fund in a US$105 ...

Bamboo Finance Acquires Accion Investment Fund in a US$105 ... | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Bamboo Finance, a private equity group that specializes in microfinance and social entrepreneurship financing, announced today that it has acquired a controlling interest in Accion Investments in Microfinance, SPC, a private, ...
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Microfinance, Impact Investing, And Pension Fund Investment Policy Survey | Social Finance

Microfinance, Impact Investing, And Pension Fund Investment Policy Survey | Social Finance | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

We are delighted to present the findings of a pension fund survey carried out by Finethic and Social Finance. The survey is the most comprehensive canvass (to date) of opinion leaders in the UK pension fund industry about their attitudes towards Impact Investment.

The Impact Investment market requires innovation, commitment and significant pools of capital to enable social businesses to grow and deliver at scale. It offers products that deliver financial returns alongside measurable social impact. Its success will be judged in part on the size of the capital flows it attracts from institutional investors (e.g. pension funds). Unlike some of their peers in the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Switzerland, and the USA, pension funds in the UK have been slow to consider Impact Investment in their portfolios. The survey was an attempt to understand why.

We wanted to assess the level of Impact Investment undertaken today by UK pension funds, the appetite for future Impact Investment, and the level of awareness of Impact Investment, as well as to raise awareness within the Industry of the Impact Investment "asset class" and some of the investment opportunities on the market.


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What Role Does Business Play in the Post-2015 Agenda? | Social ...

What Role Does Business Play in the Post-2015 Agenda? | Social ... | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire, what role does business play in developing and delivering a new development framework to replace the MDGs? What might the post-2015 agenda look like?

 

So far, there have been early attempts to devise a development framework for businesses to succeed the MDGs. For example, Save the Children published a policy brief earlier this month outlining a three-point plan for business engagement. The goal of this framework is to ensure businesses understand how they can have a transformative impact, rather than simply devising targets and trying to fulfill them without thinking why. In other words, to do more than an act of CSR.

1) Measures to ensure all firms apply a ‘do no harm’ approach to their core business.

This would mean evaluating and disclosing social impacts of their products (e.g., breast milk substitutes) and practices (such as labour standards or tax strategies), as well as indirect impacts (such as their environmental footprint). We should not underestimate the challenge of reaching this baseline, but the potential benefits are transformative.

2) Shaping core business strategies to contribute to development goals.

If a firm takes the next step and orients its business strategy towards creating products and services that improve the lives of the poorest, it can have a greater impact. If this approach becomes the norm across the sector, the impact increases dramatically.

3) Advocating for change at the national and global level.

If firms advocate for political leadership and legislation that underpins this shared value approach, the potential game-changing effect increases. Aviva’s leadership on corporate transparency at the Rio+20 summit is one example.

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LINKing Smallholders: A guide on inclusive business models

Agribusinesses are usually built around a small number of large-scale suppliers ignoring that 85% of the world’s farms are managed by small-scale producers. Smallholders are often excluded from modern agribusiness channels due to a lack of access to services, high transaction costs, and poor infrastructure. 

 

The Linking Farmers to Markets programme is one of the six thematic areas of the Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) research programme at the International Center of Tropical Agriculture’s (CIAT). It has been conducting action research on inclusive business models since 2007 which has been distilled in a participatory guide to Business Models that link smallholders to markets. The LINK Methodology aims to foster inclusive trading relationships between farmer organisations and formal markets.

 

The methodology is highly adaptive and the dynamics of the exercises are not carved in stone but should rather be used in the way most beneficial for the involved actors according to their conditions and needs.

The Methodology is available both in English (Download English version) and Spanish (Download Spanish Version)

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Smart tapped to empower microfinance bank

Smart tapped to empower microfinance bank | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Smart Communications, Inc. will be supporting the launch of the country's first microfinance bank that aims to deliver all its services through a mobile platform."By launching a mobile microfinance facility, we will be giving the unbanked access to savings products and bank loans that can help improve their lives," Tricia Dizon, Smart financial services head, said.

Dubbed as mBank Philippines, the service will be launched by the PLDT-Smart Foundation, mobile microfinance holding firm mBank Holding, Finnish development finance company Finnfund, and Dutch development bank FMO.

Through mBank Philippines, Smart and Talk 'N Text subscribers may open a savings account, apply for loan products and pay obligations all via their mobile phones.

"The process eliminates the need to travel far to deposit and withdraw money, apply for loans, and pay amortization. This is very convenient especially for those who cannot afford to be absent from work or leave their sari-sari stores," Dizon said.

 

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Malaya Business News Online - Philippine Business News | Online News Philippines - Neda dreams of 6.7% growth

The Philippine economy must post an average annual growth rate of 6.7 percent for the per capita income to increase by two-fold after 15 years, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) director general Arsenio Balisacan said.

Balisacan said during the Philippines Inclusive Business Forum organized by the Asian Development Bank that one of the reasons poverty reduction has been slow and lagging is because the country has not experienced sustained and high growth over a long period.

(Observers asked for comment were one in saying “don’t we know that”)

“For instance, if we want real per capita incomes to increase two-fold in 15 years, then we must grow by 6.7 percent annually, during that period” Balisacan said.

According to the 2009 Family Income and Expenditure Survey, the country’s per capita income for all income groups is P43,538.


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BusinessMirror - PHL potential for addressing poverty cited

BusinessMirror - PHL potential for addressing poverty cited | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

The Philippines has a huge market potential for increasing so-called inclusive businesses (IBs) that could help address poverty, a study prepared for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) disclosed.

The “Inclusive Business Market Scoping Study,” prepared by the Asian Social Enterprise Incubator Inc.  (Asei) for ADB noted that only a small number of companies in the Philippines could be classified as “inclusive business.”

ADB defined inclusive businesses as private-sector investments specifically targeting “the base of the income pyramid [BoP] or low-income market” with the double purpose of making reasonable profit and creating tangible development impact through the provision of jobs.

The BoPs are those living below the $3 to $4 poverty line and represent an “interesting business opportunity” as a substantial new market for goods and services.

“This segment of the population also doubles as a significant pool of entrepreneurship, assets, talent and productivity that can be leveraged for the supply of critical inputs, innovative distribution systems and skilled labor,” said ADB on its web site.


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Research into impact investing announced | ASEN

Research into impact investing announced | ASEN | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Echoing Green's has partnered with The Rockefeller Foundation to research and develop innovative investment structures and approaches for early-stage impact investing. Echoing Green's has been involved in developing ...
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Impact investing a growing trend with family offices, says Wermuth - Investment Europe

Impact investing a growing trend with family offices, says Wermuth - Investment Europe | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Impact investing a growing trend with family offices, says WermuthInvestment EuropePreviously, impact investing has been primarily on the radar of charitable organisation and foundations, whose key aim is to positively contribute to their chosen...
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Social Innovation... | Facebook

Social Innovation... | Facebook | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Global Social Innovators Forum (GSIF) wrote: Social Innovation Park Ltd is in the... Join Facebook to connect with Global Social Innovators Forum (GSIF) and others you may know.
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What Killed Michael Porter's Monitor Group? The One Force That Really Matters - Forbes

What Killed Michael Porter's Monitor Group? The One Force That Really Matters - Forbes | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

What killed the Monitor Group, the consulting firm co-founded by the legendary business guru, Michael Porter? In November 2012, Monitor was unable to pay its bills and was forced to file for bankruptcy protection.

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Social enterprise funds should help avoid poverty, not just alleviate it - South China Morning Post

Social enterprise funds should help avoid poverty, not just alleviate it - South China Morning Post | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Social enterprise funds should help avoid poverty, not just alleviate itSouth China Morning PostNoteworthy in Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's recent announcement of the re-establishment of the Commission on Poverty is the inclusion of...
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How Ajaita Shah makes high quality products available to rural ...

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In this entrepreneur interview, Ajaita Shah, Founder & CEO, Frontier Markets tells us how she makes high quality products available to rural India's BOP (Bottom Of the Pyramid) families through her sales and distribution ...

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Phl has to ‘walk on two legs’ towards inclusive growth | Cebu Business, The Freeman Sections, The Freeman | philstar.com

Phl has to ‘walk on two legs’ towards inclusive growth | Cebu Business, The Freeman Sections, The Freeman | philstar.com | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it
Economy-wide productivity, industrial upgrading and product diversification could further promote the Philippines’ competitiveness and efficiency in taking the road towards inclusive growth, an economist pointed out.
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Development as anthropological object: Is Coca-Cola a social enterprise now? Why ‘development’ needs to be more critical with global corporations

Is Coca-Cola a social enterprise now?Why ‘development’ needs to be more critical with global corporations http://t.co/cQzlxzd8...
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Aavishkaar Venture Fund's Vineet Rai proves investors can exit social ... - Economic Times

Aavishkaar Venture Fund's Vineet Rai proves investors can exit social ... - Economic Times | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Eleven years have gone by since Vineet Rai started sowing into social enterprises - firms that are high on common good, but perhaps slow and low on profitability. He is now harvesting his first crop.

Aavishkaar Social Venture Fund, which he started in 2001, recently sold its 23% stake in Rangsutra, an artisan-owned handicrafts company, to three high net worth individuals. He earned a 42% internal rate of return (IRR) on his investment of Rs 22 lakh made in 2007. Rangsutra supplies handicrafts to Fab India. This is his third profitable exit from a social enterprise in two years.

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Impact Investing Grows More Popular as a Tool for Grant Makers to Do Good - Foundations - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Impact Investing Grows More Popular as a Tool for Grant Makers to Do Good - Foundations - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas | Inclusive Business in Asia | Scoop.it

Over time, impact investing will become a standard part of foundation operations, predicts Cynthia Muller, director of impact investing at Arabella Advisors, a firm that guides philanthropists.

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