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September 2023: 3 Things in Impact

September ignited a flurry of activity across Asia, with a bustling calendar of fall events, news, and activities to welcome us back from summer.


In case you missed it, the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) has published its groundbreaking risk management and disclosure framework, which sets a global standard, providing companies, investors, and financial institutions with a comprehensive tool for assessing and reporting biodiversity-related risks, dependencies, and impacts. Read the inaugural report here.


And in Asia deal news, 500 Global, the venture firm and seed accelerator, who joined our members last year for a closed-door event has closed $143 million in financing for its largest Southeast Asia early-stage fund to date.


September 2023: 3 things in impact with hong kong skyline

Read on for 3 things in impact.


1. Catalyzing Global Change with Capricorn over Croissants and Coffee

Photo of croissants and coffee by montatip lilitsanong on Unsplash

For more than two decades, Capricorn Investment Group, has sought to deliver enhanced risk-adjusted returns by solving pressing environmental and social issues while building sustainable wealth for our clients. In September we were pleased to welcome senior leadership for a closed-door Breakfast Roundtable sharing opportunity. The sustainable investment platform established by eBay entrepreneur Jeff Skolls, shared with members firsthand how innovative structuring plays a key role in unlocking more catalytic capital.


SFi hosts monthly closed-door presentations for investors in Asia to find out more about thematic investment topics and opportunities. Contact us to find out more.



2. Al Gore, Private Investors & the Net Zero Challenge


sustainability trends report 2023 image on green background

Chaired by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, ESG investing trailblazers, Generation Investment Management, have published the highly anticipated 7th edition of the Sustainability Trends Report. In response to the pressing climate crisis, this report predominantly focuses on climate-related matters, delving deep into a pivotal question: In the transition to a low-emissions economy, where do we stand?

In the upcoming month, members will have the exclusive opportunity to engage in an intimate discussion with Generation Investment Management’s senior leadership to gain invaluable insights into the intersection of investing and this critical discourse.


3. Let’s RETHINK how we nurture talent in the impact space


A photo of panelist speakers at Rethink on careers in impact investing

Christine Yu was joined onstage by business leaders Leonie Kelly of Ogier, Serena Mak of DBS Bank, Peter Stein of Private Wealth Management, and Henry K.H. Wang of IASE International Certifications.



At this year's ReThink conference, SFi’s Head of Innovation, Christine Yu was on hand to moderate a panel on behalf of SFI’s edtech arm New Impact Society (NIS) at ReThink HK on developing ESG Talent in Hong Kong. The panel focused on the future of nurturing new talent and the importance of upskilling no matter where you are in your career path. For courses and information on how to pivot your career into sustainable finance, check out the NIS website.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the panel:


💬 “We need to be working on upskilling for the client of the future.” – Christine Yu, Sustainable Finance Initiative


💬 “Be comfortable in the uncomfortable. As soon as we open our minds to asking different questions we can open up new solutions.” Leonie KellyOgier


💬 “Nothing beats on the job experience” Serena Mak, DBS Bank


💬 “Reality is not catching up with aspirations. Expect to see further increases in demand for skills in ESG client communications.” Peter Stein, Private Wealth Management Association (PWMA)


💬 “In order to succeed lifelong learning and development is essential.” Henry K.H. Wang , IASE International Certifications Body


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