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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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Durreen Shahnaz – Asia Society

As a young girl in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Durreen Shahnaz would watch as the men in her family left home to go pray at the mosque. The women often stayed behind to feed beggars outside their home. “We didn’t have much,” Shahnaz remembers. “It was a post-war nation ravished with famine, but we all had to do our part. It was important for us not just give something to others but also to help them stand on their feet.”

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Asia Society Announces 2016 Asia Game Changers

Asia Society today announced the 2016 Asia Game Changers, recognizing those making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world.

This year’s nine honorees include a doctor who has restored sight to thousands of patients, a young activist who is bringing education to her fellow Syrian refugees, a pioneer in social impact investment in Asia, and two musicians who are using art to heal their war-torn nations. Iconic architect I.M. Pei, a mentor to scores of American and Chinese architects alike, will receive the first Asia Game Changer Lifetime Achievement Award. Read More

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Harnessing the Power of Conscious Capitalism

Impact Exchange, the world’s first social stock exchange, launched by Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), is poised to introduce its first instrument — the Women’s Livelihood Bond — which is set to raise US$20 million from a pool of underlying issuers. IIX founder and chairman Durreen Shahnaz talks about this instrument and the other investment platforms the company has come up with for the social good.

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PHL’s social enterprise, 5 others in Asia feted for ‘brewing ‘peace’ – Business Mirror

EVEN small-scale businesses can make a big different in society as shown in the recent success of six winning enterprises across Asia, including the Philippines, feted in the inaugural IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge 2015. Read More

4 tips for taking your social enterprise to the next level – DevexImpact

Innovative solutions to social challenges can come from anywhere, and no longer from just traditional actors, such as governments, nongovernmental organizations or development agencies. Read More