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Social sustainability bond to debut on SGX – The Straits Times

SINGAPORE – A new bond to debut on the Singapore Exchange, called the Women’s Livelihood Bond, said to be the world’s first social sustainability bond to be listed on a stock exchange. The US$8 million bond provides loans to social enterprises and microfinance institutions, which, in turn, aim to help more than 385,000 women in Cambodia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Singapore-based firm Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), which is dedicated to social enterprises and impact investing, worked with DBS Bank on this. Read More.

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IIX closes $8m Women’s Livelihood Bond for SEA, to seek listing on SGX – Deal Street Asia

Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has closed its $8 million Women’s Livelihood Bond (WLB), a debt security designed to impact the lives of over 385,000 women across Southeast Asia. IIX also announced on Wednesday (July 5), its plan to list the bonds on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX). A total of 5.65 per cent of WLB are due  on 2021. Read more.

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Women’s livelihood bond, Lok Capital’s exits, economically targeted pension fund investments, the coming genetic divide – Impact Alpha

IIX raises $8 million with Women’s Livelihood Bond on Singapore Stock Exchange. The bond offered by the Impact Investment Exchange is expected to help 385,000 women in Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and other southeast Asian countries transition from subsistence to sustainable livelihoods. It will provide credit and loans to microfinance institutions and women-oriented impact enterprises. Read More.

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Landmark Women’s Livelihood Bond Fully Funded – Pro Bono Australia

The Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has successfully closed a landmark $8 million Women’s Livelihood Bond (WLB) that is expected to impact the lives of more than 385,000 women across Southeast Asia. The bond is described as the world’s first impact investing instrument with a dual focus on social and financial returns to be listed on a stock exchange. Read More.

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IIX, DBS price new US$8m social sustainability bond to be listed on SGX – The Business Times

SINGAPORE’S DBS Bank and Singapore-based impact investing platform Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) have priced a US$8 million bond aimed at improving livelihoods of more than 385,000 women in South-east Asia. Termed the Women’s Livelihood Bond (WLB), this four-year bond offers a coupon rate of 5.65 per cent per annum, and is expected to be listed on the Singapore Exchange within a month, said DBS in a release on Thursday. If successful, the listing will make it the first such bond to be listed on a traditional stock exchange. Read More.

The Different Ways of Doing Good – The Business Times

WHEN it comes to doing good and corporate social responsibility (CSR), it seems that there is often a mistaken notion that it is something only large multi-national corporations can afford. For a start, it is not about spending vast resources – be it princely sums of money or hundreds of hours of manpower. While these are certainly various means of contributing to society, there are many other innovative ways that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups can make a difference. The SME Magazine takes a look at what businesses in Singapore are doing to make a social impact despite of challenges they face. Read More.



Founder of impact-investing platform in Singapore bags award – The Business Times

Durreen Shahnaz wins for her work with the world’s first stock exchange dedicated to social enterprises

THE founder of a Singapore-based impact investing platform has clinched an Oslo Business for Peace Award, alongside Tesla founder Elon Musk and two others.

Durreen Shahnaz won for her work with Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), dubbed the world’s first stock exchange dedicated to social enterprises. It was founded in 2009, and has “positively impacted” some 10 million lives, according to the award’s committee. Read More.

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2017 Business for Peace Award winners named – International Chamber of Commerce

ICC Secretary General John Danilovich joins Governing Mayor of Oslo Raymond Johansen in the Norwegian capital today to announce the four winners of the 2017 Business for Peace Awards.

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Shahnaz wins Business for Peace award – The Daily Star

Durreen Shahnaz, a Bangladeshi and founder of Singapore-based impact enterprise Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) and IIX Foundation, has been selected as a 2017 Business for Peace Award honoree for her commitment to promoting an evolved form of capitalism that values both financial returns and positive social and environmental impact.

Durreen is the third Bangladeshi to receive the award after Latifur Rahman, chairman and CEO of Transcom Group in 2012, and Selima Ahmad, vice chairperson of Nitol-Niloy Group in 2014.

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Dr. Harley Seyedin and Elon Musk among Four Selected by the Committee of Nobel Laureates in Peace and Economics as Winners of the 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Award – Yahoo Finance

Today John Danilovich, Secretary General of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), announced the winners of 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Award at an event at the Oslo City Hall, hosted by Governing Mayor of Oslo Raymond Johansen. Dr. Harley Seyedin (President of American Chamber of Commerce in South China), Elon Musk, Durreen Shahnaz and Murad Al-Katib are the four winners of this award. The selection was made by an independent committee of Nobel Prize winners in Peace and Economics in closed-door meetings for the Oslo Business for Peace Foundation. Read More

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