Responsible Investing: Looking for new ways to invest in social enterprises

June 26, 2018

Investors who want to support social enterprises and earn returns at the same time have to think about the impact they want to have and whether the returns must be financial in nature, says Patsian Low, director of Asia Policy Forum at the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN).That is because not every social issue addressed by these enterprises is scalable and able to churn out financial returns. For instance, some social enterprises only address local issues and serve a small target group. This is why impact investing funds, which are typical platforms for investors to support social enterprises and earn returns, may not be able to cater to all enterprises that fall into that segment.