Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/220296
Title: SUSTAINABLE VALUE CREATION THROUGH FINANCING: DEMOCRATIZING FUNDING OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS, AN ASIAN FOCUS
Authors: OSUSKA TEREZA
Keywords: Funding
Financing
Finance
Sustainable projects
Asia
Value creation
Sustainable value creation
Bhaskar Dasgupta
Environmental Management
Master (Environmental Management)
MEM
Audrey Chia
2016/2017 EnvM
Issue Date: 27-Jul-2017
Citation: OSUSKA TEREZA (2017-07-27). SUSTAINABLE VALUE CREATION THROUGH FINANCING: DEMOCRATIZING FUNDING OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS, AN ASIAN FOCUS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: With public awareness turning towards the future of this planet, trends of sustainable development and responsible business are on the rise. However, moving towards the goal of sustainability will require availability of capital, the financial angle being a prerequisite for viability of any scalable social or environmental endeavor. As approaches of investing that reaches beyond purely financial profits gain momentum, it is appropriate to make an appraisal of the various funding channels that can contribute to minimizing adverse effects of today’s rapid economic progress. This paper lays out different financing options related to responsible development, and focuses on a concept that is making rapid advances in this sphere; the impact investing. Aiming to marry sustainability with finance, this nascent strategy keeps proving its significance and expanding its market share within the global financial industry. However, the impact investing space needs to be further nurtured in order to become a standard for the larger financial community. International organizations, governments and industry leaders can all contribute to the success of the approach, offering significant opportunities for bridging the gap between rapid economic development and increasingly vulnerable communities combined with exploited ecosystems. Existing challenges that hinder the future expansion of this sector can be overcome through a persistent collaborative effort from key stakeholders, particularly in Asian emerging markets, promising robust economic growth in the future. However, dangers also exist that might lead to an even deeper imbalance of social and environmental disparities in the region. The study concludes with suggestions on how future directions of the impact investing industry can be further explored for the concept to become a basic norm for general economic activities, helping the region to acquire a model of responsible development.
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