This report from the Australian Advisory Board on Impacting Investing, and Impact Investing Australia considers APAC’s current standing in relation to the SDGs. What is clear is that the pace of change needs to be accelerated with only SDG 4 – Quality Education likely to be achieved by 2030 at the current rate of progress.
The impact economy and impact investing are then discussed within the context of APAC and the SDGs. Investors need to consider how they frame their investment decisions from Australia using frameworks such as the Impact Management Project which incorporate impact (potentially SDG focused), as well as risk and return. The Australian government is already directing policy towards enabling some aspects of impact investing in the region but the breadth and depth of this could be expanded. There are two areas identified as key to the growth of impact investing to support the achievement of the SDGs for the region. The first is the development of a flourishing social enterprise (SE) sector with the table below outlining the key barriers and opportunities in achieving this.
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