Women Empowerment

Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) Celebrates Major Milestone: Sida Endorses the Orange Pledge

Bangkok, Thailand – June 19, 2024—Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) is thrilled to announce the powerful endorsement of the Orange Pledge by Mr. Jakob Granit, Director-General of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). This pivotal moment at the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok represents a monumental leap forward in our mission to achieve global gender equality and sustainable development.

The Orange Pledge is the heart of the Orange Movement™, a visionary initiative dedicated to empowering 100 million women, girls and gender minorities worldwide by 2030. By mobilizing US$10 billion, the movement aims to drive transformative change at the intersection of gender equality, climate action, economic prosperity, and peace. 

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Maturity of IIX’s Women’s Livelihood Bond™ 2 (WLB2) Marks Another Historic Achievement in Gender-Lens Impact Investing for IIX

January 16, 2024 – SINGAPORE – Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)’s Women’s Livelihood Bond™ 2 (WLB2), Asia-Pacific’s multi-country, multi-sector Orange Bond has fully matured. This milestone marks the completion of a US$12 million issuance with a 4-year tenure and a 4% coupon, qualifying as both an Orange Bond and ICMA Social Bond. Aligned with 12 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, WLB2 has significantly empowered the sustainable livelihoods of over 250,000 underserved women and girls across Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.

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Innovative Gender Bond Series Uplifts Rural Women to Drive Climate Action in Asia – Inter Press Service

Credit: Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)

BANGKOK, Thailand, Nov 22 2023 (IPS) – Rural women across Asia play a key role producing, processing, and trading agricultural products, and are often the primary users and managers of natural resources.

Despite this, discriminatory practices and stereotypes all too often limit their access to the technologies, information and economic opportunities needed to build resilience against environmental shocks and increase their incomes.

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Gender-Lens Investing: Putting Women at the Forefront of Sustainable Development

Despite traction in gendered approaches to investment across multiple platforms, women still represent an underutilized force for sustainable development and remain underserved in terms of access to capital, market linkages, and resources needed to improve their economic position. Closing the gender gap is not only a social imperative but also a key ingredient in fueling economic growth.

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Vietnam welcomes impact investment for sustainable development – Tuoi Tre News

Vietnam welcomes impact investment for sustainable developmentKathy-Thuy Nguyen, country director of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) in Vietnam. Photo: IIX

Vietnam has called on investors to accelerate impact and innovation investment in order to help it meet its future development demands, according to Vu Quoc Huy, director of the Vietnam National Innovation Center under the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

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Exploring Sustainable Finance in Australia: A 22/23 Snapshot – Herbert Smith Freehills

Businesses must increasingly prioritise their ESG goals. This article explores recent regulatory and policy updates in relation to sustainable finance, notable developments in sustainability-linked loans and ASIC’s enforcement action against greenwashing.


Since Adelaide Airport signed the first Australian sustainability-linked loan (SLL) in 2018, interest in SLLs has steadily risen in the Australian and broader Asia-Pacific region. Borrowers and lenders have used SLLs as a way to align financing terms with their environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies. However, in the past year, the volume of sustainable debts issued globally, including SLLs, declined for the first time by 19% from the peak of US$1.1 trillion in 2021. Similar trends have been seen in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Is the future of sustainable bonds orange? – Capital Monitor

A Moody’s report shows increasing numbers of issuers are using sustainable bonds to support gender-equality goals.

By Adrian Murdoch


Orange sight. February witnessed the first-ever sustainable bond backed by the Orange Bond Principles. (Photo by Aleksandr Khmeliov via Shutterstock)

  • Moody’s reports $33bn of sustainable bonds were earmarked for gender equality projects in 2022, up from $24bn in 2021.
  • The world’s first sustainable debt under the Orange Bond Principles has been issued by Impact Investment Exchange.
  • Closing the gender gap in labour force participation and management positions in OECD countries would result in a 7% ($7trn) bump in global GDP.

There is still very little about gender equality that makes for happy reading.

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Juicing up gender equity with Orange Bonds – FS Sustainability


Sustainable bond issuance globally has surpassed US$3 trillion, yet less than 1 percent of that amount is dedicated to bonds that empower women and girls as a priority objective.

With gender lens investing gaining traction as part of overall sustainable bond issuance, the Orange Bond Principles are seeking to catalyse investment in gender-led bond issuance in a similar pathway to initiatives that have driven green and sustainability-linked bond demand.

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Making Finance Work for Women & Underserved in the Global South – Impact Entrepreneur

Empowering women is imperative to the global community and economy if we want to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by 2030. Time and time again, it has been proven that investing in women and empowering women-focused enterprises is the key to achieving sustainable development. Although organizations and companies in both the private and public sectors as well as governments are taking active steps to improve the financial inclusion of women, we are very far from the finish line. Women continue to be the majority of unbanked adults (56%), women also continue to earn less on average than men even in developed countries and women-led enterprises receive less funding than those led by their male counterparts. The global COVID-19 pandemic has furthered this gap and affected women, especially those from developing countries in a disproportionate manner.

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“It’s not just looking at women”: Expanding the gender lens – Probono Australia

Applying a diverse gender lens to philanthropy and investing offers a critical solution to achieving equality, but impact washing is dampening its effect.

At our current rate of progress, it will take 132 years to close the global gender gap, which means we will be halfway through the 22nd century before we experience an equal society.

The World Economic Forum’s 2022 Global Gender Gap Report also found that despite more substantial improvements made in areas of health, survival and education, closing the gap in economic participation and opportunity is still significantly out of reach for many women across the world.

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