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IIX’s Women’s Livelihood Bond™ 6 Breaks New Ground with US$100 Million Issuance as the Largest Orange Bond in the Market, Expected to Empower Over 880,000 Women and Girls in the Global South

Singapore, 12 December 2023 – Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), the pioneer in Impact Investing, marks a monumental achievement by successfully pricing the Women’s Livelihood Bond™ 6 (WLB6) at an unprecedented size for gender-based investment bonds of US$100 million, with a 7.25% coupon rate. This achievement is expected to uplift over 880,000 women and girls in the Global South, making it the largest issuance in the acclaimed WLB Series.

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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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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.

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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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