We invest in enterprises that generate a positive social and/or environmental impact, alongside financial return. Our impact strategy is to target fast growing businesses that seek to improve the livelihood of people living at the “Base of Pyramid”. Currently, an estimated 700 million people in ASEAN and China live on less than US$5.50 a day.
UOB Venture Management is a signatory to the International Finance Corporation’s Operating Principles for Impact Management.
The Fund will focus on modernisation of agriculture and application of technology to improve crop yields and efficiency, including opportunities in agro-processing, food production, primary production, agricultural infrastructure, agricultural inputs, aquaculture and the cultivation of niche and high-value products.
The Fund will look at companies that provide sustainable solutions that cater to the healthcare needs of the BoP such as service providers, distributors and retailers of healthcare solutions, companies that provide pooled healthcare products, companies that provide medical education and companies that uses technology to facilitate provision of healthcare services, amongst others.
The Fund believes that the BoP’s demand for education will continue to rise steadily thereby generating investment opportunities in areas such as primary, secondary and tertiary education, as well as adult and vocational education.
The Fund will evaluate companies in specialize in waste-to-energy strategies, biogas, solar energy, small-hydro companies and companies that provide clean water, irrigation, heating, lighting, cooking facilities and device-charging stations.
The Fund will invest into water distribution and management, waste-water management irrigation and pollution prevention products or services.
AIIF II will invest into companies that manufacture affordable basic consumer goods required by many low-income households, ranging from hygiene-related and personal products to furniture and low-cost vehicles.
SMEs in ASEAN and China tend to struggle to access finance and many segments of the population remain un-banked or under-banked. The Fund will invest into MFIs, financial inclusion service providers and others that may facilitate access to finance.
The Fund will invest into affordable housing opportunities, including the construction and provision and leasing of construction equipment to low-cost home builders.
The Fund will consider investments in technology-enabled distribution models and logistics strategies focused on lowering distribution costs and/or increasing efficiency of delivery to less-developed parts.
Our impact investments support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially the following: