One of the most developed economies in Asia, South Korea is also a leader in innovative social finance. Corporate giving and ESG compliance have become entrenched in the country.

Sunkyung Han
AVPN Representative

Sunkyung Han

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Social Investment Landscape in South Korea

South Korea has the most developed social economy in Asia, supported by the government, corporates and local impact investors. It is the first Asian country to have a dedicated legal structure for social enterprises. Download the report to access South Korea's social investment landscape.

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The article documents how the city of Seoul under Mayor Park Won-soon has become a leader in fostering social innovation.

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The article describes the emerging movement around social innovation in South Korea that is based on the core principle of engaging citizens at the grassroots level.

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By Kang Fei Wong

Paul Carttar, the founding director of Obama administration’s Social Innovation Fund, and the co-founder of the Bridgespan Group, joined AVPN on a roadshow in September, travelling to Shenzhen and Beijing in China, the finishing in Seoul, Korea. As our special invited speaker, Paul gave his insights on a range of topics – from government’s role […]

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October will see the 3rd annual AVPN Roadshow travelling to the cities of Hong Kong, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo. The theme for this year’s roadshow is ‘Mobilising Human Capital’, a timely reminder of the importance of organisations’ most valuable assets. The effective unlocking and utilisation of human capital through the use of skilled volunteers […]

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June 12, 2017

A social investment ecosystem emerges in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar

By Michael Standaert The social-impact economy in growth markets in Asia has grabbed the attention of governments in the region, according to a new report from the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network. Impact investment funds are launching or expanding, even in Cambodia and Myanmar, as well as in Indonesia and the Phillippines, and a new law […]

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June 9, 2017

Building social ventures in South Korea: A Q&A with Crevisse’s Wonyoung Kim

In South Korea, “there are more and more social enterprises and impact businesses that are investable that are penetrating into the mainstream market.” Wonyoung Kim prefers what he does to be called venture building, instead of incubation. Seoul-based Crevisse was founded in 2004 to “co-build” companies that use technology to create positive benefits for society […]

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May 19, 2017

Five things to know about the social (impact) scene in Asia

Venture philanthropy and impact investing meet in Bangkok next month People with more than a passing interest in venture philanthropy and impact investing will meet in Bangkok next week for the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network’s 2017 Conference, June 7-9. ImpactAlpha is a media sponsor of the event. We caught up briefly with Naina Batra, CEO of […]

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