BLOG SURF: Inclusive business

Inclusive business is less developed in Southeast Asia than the rest of Asia for multiple reasons.

The policy framework is improving in all countries, but governments and industry associations can do more to catalyze new business models and create a conducive environment.

Inclusive business certification was discussed as a way forward. The profitability of inclusive business is now being demonstrated in some portfolios.

Impact at scale is emerging.

However, perceived riskiness of inclusive business deals remains a huge issue. It is perceived as more risky than conventional investment, but in fact the risk is different not necessarily higher and there is a host of risk mitigating strategies already being deployed.

There is a need for more information and training for traditional investors. ? Inclusive business is emerging across sectors in Asia.

So far it is most common in agribusiness. It is growing fast in finance.