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Announcement: A Call for Impact Investors, Enterprises and Supporters to Pitch for Change

Applications to the Pitch Fest 2022 is officially open for enterprises looking to improve their Population, involve more in Participation or increase Productivity

April 15, 2022 – IIX Impact Partners, a crowdfunding investor portal for impact investing, has deepened their commitment in building gender lens solutions with the announcement of the Pitch Fest 2022, a pre-acceleration program designed for entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia who are solving the world’s most pressing problems. With that, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), a global champion of sustainable enterprise, is opening access to its community of over 1,800 companies and 1,200 investors to democratize fundraising in the impact investing space.

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How orange bonds plan to peel back the gender divide – Asian Investor

Also called orange bonds, this relatively new class of sustainable financing aims to remove gender bias and improve women’s equality and living standards in developing countries.

Can orange be the new green? The answer is a resounding yes for supporters of orange bonds, a growing asset class focused on gender lens investing as a form of sustainability financing to narrow the gender gap and improve women’s equality.

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25 more badass women shaping climate action – GreenBiz

Whether it’s activists Xiye Bastida, Destiny Hodges, Sônia Guajajara, and Gloria Walton rallying Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC) communities typically excluded from the climate dialogue; financiers Geeta Aiyer and Durreen Shahnaz bringing much needed investments in sustainable development; STEM pioneers Anousheh Ansari or Jennifer Holmgren catalyzing climate tech breakthroughs; or corporate sustainability leaders such as Ashley Allen and Elysa Hammond, each individual is making her mark in unique and undeniable ways, advocating for causes close to their hearts.

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LinkedIn Top Voices in Gender Equity: The 10 Singapore-based creators to follow

Women have made great strides in the workplace in Singapore, but more needs to be done in order to level the playing field and provide an inclusive environment for all genders and identities. This International Women’s Day 2022, we dug into the data to highlight women who are posting about the issues of gender equity on LinkedIn.

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Building Pathways Between Wall Street and the Global South — A Conversation with IIX

Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) is an impact investment firm with the mission of transforming financial systems so that women, the environment, and underserved communities are given value and a voice in the global market. “We build pathways to connect the Wall Streets of the world to underserved communities by measuring and unlocking investment capital,” says IIX Founder and CEO, Durreen Shahnaz. Based in Singapore, IIX’s work spans 53 countries and has unlocked $233 million of private sector capital to support more than 150 enterprises since the firm’s founding. READ MORE

IIX Convenes a Global Coalition to Launch the World’s First Asset Class for Investing in Women with the Orange Bond Initiative™ to unlock $10B and empower 100M women.

The world’s first gender-lens investing asset class by and for the Global South and the 99%. 

March 8th, SINGAPORE – Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has launched the Orange Bond Initiative™, a global coalition to create the world’s first gender-lens investing asset class by and for the Global South and the 99%. The Initiative will mobilize the multi-trillion bond market to empower 100 million women and girls as solutions to achieve the UN’s 17 SDGs and build a more inclusive, climate-resilient future for all. Orange is the color of UN SDG 5: Gender Equality –  and the Orange Bonds are expected to unlock US$10 billion for gender-lens investing by 2030.

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Sustainable finance is poised to fund the future of the planet, addressing climate change, equity, and governance – Business Insider

Business Insider, in partnership with Bank of America, is launching the Financing a Sustainable Future editorial series to help business leaders and their stakeholders — including employees, customers, shareholders, and board members — understand the opportunities and uncertainties that come with this secular change to the capital markets. READ MORE

Impact Investment Exchange Lists US$30 Million Women’s Livelihood Bond™ For Climate on the Singapore Exchange, Supporting ~500,000 Underserved Women and Girls in Asia Through Building Resilient and Climate-friendly Economies

World’s First Impact Investing Instrument Listed on a Public Stock Exchange

January 31st, SINGAPORE – Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has successfully listed the US$30 million Women’s Livelihood Bond™  for Climate (WLB4Climate), the fourth bond in the award-winning Women’s Livelihood Bond™ Series (WLB Series), on the Singapore Exchange (SGX). The WLB Series is the world’s first impact investing instrument to be listed on a public stock exchange. The instrument will provide impact investment opportunities for women in the Global South.

Advancing a total of 14 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the WLB4Climate will support an estimated 500,000 underserved women and girls in Asia to build resilient, sustainable, climate-friendly economies in the region. The listing of WLB4Climate makes it the fourth gender lens bond to be listed on a public stock exchange . The other three listed bonds include the first three issuances of the Women’s Livelihood Bond™ Series (first three: WLB 1, WLB 3, and WLB 4).

Investors in the bond involve leading investment managers in the US, Europe, and Australia including Nuveen, Lærdal, Ceniarth, Kavli Trust, Blue Orchard, Grace Harmony, among others. WLB4Climate brings together a global coalition of public and private sector partners committed to creating gender equality in climate finance including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the DFC, the global law firms Shearman & Sterling, Clifford Chance, Latham & Watkins, Paul Hastings, Harneys Westwood & Riegels; India-based law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Singapore-based TSMP Law Corporation; New Zealand law firm Chapman Tripp; ANZ as the lead placement agent; Standard Chartered Bank and Barclays; securities service NetRoadShow; and World Resource Institute’s Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G).

WLB4Climate brings together a global coalition of public and private sector partners committed to creating gender equality in climate finance. Investors in the bond include leading investment managers in the US, Europe, and Australia.

IIX’s CEO and Founder, Professor Durreen Shahnaz, said, “The listing of WLB4Climate continues IIX’s journey of connecting the backstreets of underserved communities to the Wall Streets of the world. The Global South cannot wait for rich nations to disburse financial aid to compensate for and mitigate the devastating damage caused by climate change. This is a death sentence to the very communities that fuel developing economies—especially women. When we first created the Women’s Livelihood Bond Series in 2017, we were creating a financial instrument that would change these systemic inequalities. With each new bond in the WLB Series, we’re building an entirely new asset class by and for the Global South that empowers developing countries with real results, rather than pledges and dialogues.”

With listing each bond on the Singapore Exchange to ensure that women are at the pinnacle of financial markets, the US$150 million WLB Series, a series of innovative debt securities, creates sustainable livelihoods for over 3 million women across developing countries by giving opportunities to ensure that women are at the pinnacle of financial markets. WLB4Climate is supporting women-focused enterprises in India, Indonesia, Cambodia, and the Philippines that are directly enabling women with opportunities to create livelihoods that sustain themselves, their communities, and the planet, creating an ecosystem of climate-friendly small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The effects of climate change are most acutely felt by women in the developing world, who are trapped in subsistence living due to high structural barriers and minimal opportunities to gain self-sufficiency. With over 60% of all working women in South and Southeast Asia employed in agriculture, bringing together climate action and women’s livelihoods is particularly important in Asia where the majority of the labor force participates in sectors impacted by climate change like agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. With innovative financing to support transitioning women and girls to affordable, clean energy, the WLB4Climate will enable them with opportunities to be a part of the solution to achieving a net zero economy.

Paul White, Head of Capital Markets at ANZ, said, “The WLB4Climate bond has expanded its reach and impact by linking a diverse group of borrowers in Asia and expanding into new sectors for new opportunities. The broad spectrum of investor demand underpins the growing momentum among investors looking for a positive impact investment while earning an attractive return on their capital. ANZ is proud to have worked with IIX on the WLB4Climate bond that improves the livelihoods of up to half a million women and girls in Asia, as well as the environment with the first sustainability bond from the WLB series.”

IIX launched the first of the WLB Series, the world’s first impact investing instrument to be listed on a stock exchange, in 2017. Following the success of the WLB1, IIX issued the US$12 million WLB2 in January 2020 and US$27.7 million WLB3 in December 2020. Each issuance continues to grow the series, which is set to create opportunities by including new sectors and expanding the geographical footprint of gender-lens investing with the introduction of new impact themes. With a solid risk-return-impact structure, the bonds continue to give steady financial and social returns even with the market dropping more than 1000 points in recent days. The steady performance of the Women’s Livelihood Bond series mirrors the strong financial and social performance of the microfinance institutions in 2008 when the rest of the financial markets experienced a complete meltdown.

Borrowers from the third issuance of the Bond series reported that water and sanitation facilities obtained through financing from the Bond have been critical to their pandemic resiliency, improving health outcomes with the added benefit of increasing borrowers’ incomes by allowing them to utilize their time for employment. From preparing women farmers to better respond to environmental shocks and maintain their yields through stresses caused by climate change-related extreme weather events to financing cleaner electronic transport and solar rooftop panels, WLB4Climate is expected to impact between 400,000 to 500,000 underserved women and girls across Asia.

Impact Investment Exchange Prices US$30 Million Women’s Livelihood Bond™ For Climate, Supporting ~500,000 Underserved Women and Girls in Asia Through Building Resilient and Climate-friendly Economies

December 14, 2021 – SINGAPORE – Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has successfully priced the US$30 million Women’s Livelihood Bond™ for Climate (WLB4Climate), the fourth bond in the award-winning Women’s Livelihood Bond™ Series (WLB Series). Advancing a total of 14 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the WLB4Climate will support an estimated 500,000 underserved women and girls in Asia to build resilient, sustainable, climate-friendly economies in the region.

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New impact initiative to uplift underserved women SMEs in Apac – CityWire Asia

Singapore-based Impact Investment Exchange and the Australian government have launched three innovative financing solutions for women SMEs in the Asia Pacific.

On top of the initial funding of AUD 2.75m ($2.05m) from the Australian government, IIX hopes to raise AUD 18m ($24.18m) in private sector capital in two years. READ MORE