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Orange Bonds – a catalyst for gender empowerment and sustainable finance in Việt Nam – Vietnam News

The concept behind Orange Bonds lies in their role as a sustainable debt instrument specifically targeting gender empowerment and equity.
Kathy-Thủy Nguyễn, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) Country Director in Việt Nam

Orange Bond is a new concept in Việt Nam. Việt Nam News reporter Mai Hương talks to Kathy-Thủy Nguyễn, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) Country Director in Việt Nam, about this type of impact investment and how it can contribute to sustainable financing development.

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Gender lens investors at SOCAP23 look beyond the ‘business case’ to move capital to women – Impact Alpha

Don’t ask permission, ask forgiveness. That adage captured the mood shift among gender lens investors at this week’s SOCAP23 in San Francisco. Investors from the US and Colombia to Ghana and Singapore are done with being asked to provide proof that investments in women outperform or are “just better business.” That case has been made, they argue.

What they’re doing instead: Disrupting boys clubs that give men access to deals. Building the financial acumen of women. And getting on with the business of pooling and investing capital… in women.

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IIX and NYIF Forge Strategic Partnership to Revolutionize Impact Investing Education – Next Billion

Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), a pioneering global leader in the impact investing landscape, and the New York Institute of Finance (NYIF), a renowned institution with a century-long legacy of developing finance professionals under the guidance of leading experts, proudly announce their transformative partnership. This alliance is poised to reshape the future of the financial sector, particularly in emerging markets, while simultaneously advancing global education in impact investing. This collaboration promises to make significant waves in the realms of finance and sustainability.

With IIX’s formidable presence across Asia, the Pacific, and Africa, combined with NYIF’s distinguished reputation in the United States and worldwide, these two esteemed institutions have united forces to leverage their unique strengths. Together, they aim to create a platform that transcends geographical boundaries, thereby democratizing access to impact investing education on a global scale.

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IIX and NYIF Forge Strategic Partnership to Revolutionize Impact Investing Education

[Singapore/New York], [September 26, 2023] – Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), a pioneering global leader in the impact investing landscape, and the New York Institute of Finance (NYIF), a renowned institution with a century-long legacy of developing finance professionals under the guidance of leading experts, proudly announce their transformative partnership. This alliance is poised to reshape the future of the financial sector, particularly in emerging markets, while simultaneously advancing global education in impact investing. This collaboration promises to make significant waves in the realms of finance and sustainability.

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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.

BACKGROUND

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

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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

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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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