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March 2023: 3 Things in Impact

Hello Impact Ecosystem,Is March the busiest or is it the busiest?

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read the newsletter monthly newsletter. We've spent all of February collecting news to share with you. 

We were especially excited about the news that Hong Kong has issued a multi-currency digital green bond worth around HK$6 billion, it's offering includes Hong Kong dollars, Renminbi, US dollars, and euros.And we've got Southeast Asia's first lithium battery recycling plant in Singapore. Owned by Tes-Amm, the partially solar-powered plant aims to recycle 14 tonnes of lithium-ion batteries per day and recover 90% of precious metals. Woo Hoo for addressing e-waste!

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Read on for 3 Things in Impact...

1.  China Announces New Guidelines for Sustainability Reporting 

China's major stock exchanges have introduced mandatory sustainability reporting guidelines for listed companies, covering a wide range of ESG topics, starting in 2026. Here's what you need to know:

  • Guidelines require disclosure on governance, strategy, impact, risk management, and more.

  • China joins other markets implementing sustainability reporting requirements.

  • Reporting includes environmental, social, and governance categories.

  • Applies to over 450 companies, representing half of listed market value.

  • Small and medium enterprises have voluntary participation.

  • Reporting begins in 2026 for the 2025 reporting period.

2. Gender Lens Investing Reshaping Financial Landscapes 

A report focused on advancing gender equality through impact investing and sustainable finance has recently been released focusing on ‘Empowering women, building sustainable assets: Strengthening the depth of gender lens investing across asset classes.The groundbreaking report has been prepared by UN Women, in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano (TIRESIA project), Phenix Capital Group and Bocconi University – Axa Research Lab on Gender Equality.

3.  SFi's 2024 Impact Trends Report

Asia continues to be a space where we have seen innovation and growth. As a community, we have stayed consistent in uniting to learn, connect and invest. It is evident to us that many of our members have further deepened their impact journeys investing in new funds and ventures, incubating new projects/funds, advocating for impact at home and on stage, pursuing sustainability doctorate degrees, and pivoting deeper into sustainability. SFi members truly “walk the talk”.

To find out more about how to be an SFi Member, fill out the 1:1 consultation form today. 


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