Japan to Introduce Impact Investment Consortium

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is set to launch an interactive communication platform for impact-driven stakeholders, including financial institutions, to share expertise and experience to address environmental and social issues. The platform – Japan’s Impact Consortium – will serve to address the socio-environmental impacts, such as climate change, the declining birthrate and aging population, by supporting businesses that contribute to resolving these issues. “It is important to realise a positive feedback loop that links the creation of environmental or social impact to economic and social growth and sustainability,” the FSA said. “A wide-ranging collaboration is expected among industry, government, academia, and financial institutions”. The initiative is part of the FSA’s efforts to promote the spread of impact investment, a working group for which was established in October last year. The Consortium’s official launch event will take place next week and on same day an establishment initiation meeting will be held and membership applications will commence. From around January 2024 onwards, the Consortium will work on recruitment of subcommittee members; and around May 2024 the first general meeting will be held. The FSA is also working on issuing impact investment guidelines for fund providers and fundraisers, to promote an investment approach that seeks both financial returns and socio-environmental impact. 

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