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Durreen Shahnaz: Climate change is a feminist issue – The Peak

In her own words, the founder of Impact Investment Exchange tells us why climate change and feminism come hand in hand.

I stared at the painting. I squinted my eyes, and tilted my head, but could not figure out why the painting did not look right. I like to think of myself as a painter, but when I try to take flavours from my favorite feminist painter, Frida, I struggle.

Frida could effortlessly blend with oil, her political views, agony, and love as spirited attempts to express her own reality. I chewed on the end of my paintbrush, wondering how she did so time and again. The answer stared back at me from in between the interplay of green and blue textures.

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Orange Bond Initiative™ drives the first Steering Committee meeting with top leaders in gender lens investing.

To define a way forward for more to participate in building a gender-equal future.

June 9th, Singapore – Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has made a big step forward in revolutionizing gender lens investing with the launch of the Orange Bond Initiative™, the world’s first asset class by and for the Global South and the 99% as a solution to financing gender equality. Trailblazing representatives across public, private sectors, and civil society gathered at the Orange Bond Initiative™ inaugural Steering Committee meeting on 19th May, 2022 to mark the moment in history. The meeting addressed the fundamentals of practices in revolutionizing gender lens investing to further push the boundaries that build a gender-empowered financial system

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Environmental Finance’s Bond Awards Recognizes IIX’s Women’s Livelihood Bond Series for innovative use of Proceeds to Impact Women and Climate

April 8th, 2022 – Impact Investment Exchange’s (IIX) Women’s Livelihood Bond™ (WLB) Series wins Environmental Finance’s 2022 Bond Awards for Innovation. The award recognizes IIX for its use of proceeds in the latest issuance in the WLB™ Series, the US$30M WLB4Climate, which is set to impact an estimated 500,000 women and girls across South and Southeast Asia, transforming them into agents of climate action.

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How a quantitative approach is boosting ESG investing – AsianInvestor

A data-driven, quantitative approach to sustainable investing is a must to keep pace with an increasingly complex investment landscape.

As the demand for sustainable investments increases, more investors are turning to quantitative methods for portfolio construction and impact measurement, a move that augurs well for the industry, experts told AsianInvestor. The trend is picking up in Asia where data availability and inconsistency have long been a major challenge for players in the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) space.

 

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Announcement: A Call for Impact Investors, Enterprises and Supporters to Pitch for Change

Applications to the Pitch Fest 2022 is officially open for enterprises looking to improve their Population, involve more in Participation or increase Productivity

April 15, 2022 – IIX Impact Partners, a crowdfunding investor portal for impact investing, has deepened their commitment in building gender lens solutions with the announcement of the Pitch Fest 2022, a pre-acceleration program designed for entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia who are solving the world’s most pressing problems. With that, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), a global champion of sustainable enterprise, is opening access to its community of over 1,800 companies and 1,200 investors to democratize fundraising in the impact investing space.

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How orange bonds plan to peel back the gender divide – Asian Investor

Also called orange bonds, this relatively new class of sustainable financing aims to remove gender bias and improve women’s equality and living standards in developing countries.

Can orange be the new green? The answer is a resounding yes for supporters of orange bonds, a growing asset class focused on gender lens investing as a form of sustainability financing to narrow the gender gap and improve women’s equality.

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25 more badass women shaping climate action – GreenBiz

Whether it’s activists Xiye Bastida, Destiny Hodges, Sônia Guajajara, and Gloria Walton rallying Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC) communities typically excluded from the climate dialogue; financiers Geeta Aiyer and Durreen Shahnaz bringing much needed investments in sustainable development; STEM pioneers Anousheh Ansari or Jennifer Holmgren catalyzing climate tech breakthroughs; or corporate sustainability leaders such as Ashley Allen and Elysa Hammond, each individual is making her mark in unique and undeniable ways, advocating for causes close to their hearts.

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LinkedIn Top Voices in Gender Equity: The 10 Singapore-based creators to follow

Women have made great strides in the workplace in Singapore, but more needs to be done in order to level the playing field and provide an inclusive environment for all genders and identities. This International Women’s Day 2022, we dug into the data to highlight women who are posting about the issues of gender equity on LinkedIn.

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Building Pathways Between Wall Street and the Global South — A Conversation with IIX

Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) is an impact investment firm with the mission of transforming financial systems so that women, the environment, and underserved communities are given value and a voice in the global market. “We build pathways to connect the Wall Streets of the world to underserved communities by measuring and unlocking investment capital,” says IIX Founder and CEO, Durreen Shahnaz. Based in Singapore, IIX’s work spans 53 countries and has unlocked $233 million of private sector capital to support more than 150 enterprises since the firm’s founding. READ MORE

IIX Convenes a Global Coalition to Launch the World’s First Asset Class for Investing in Women with the Orange Bond Initiative™ to unlock $10B and empower 100M women.

The world’s first gender-lens investing asset class by and for the Global South and the 99%. 

March 8th, SINGAPORE – Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has launched the Orange Bond Initiative™, a global coalition to create the world’s first gender-lens investing asset class by and for the Global South and the 99%. The Initiative will mobilize the multi-trillion bond market to empower 100 million women and girls as solutions to achieve the UN’s 17 SDGs and build a more inclusive, climate-resilient future for all. Orange is the color of UN SDG 5: Gender Equality –  and the Orange Bonds are expected to unlock US$10 billion for gender-lens investing by 2030.

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