What is Business with Impact?
Business with impact is a business approach that aims to generate positive social and environmental outcomes while also generating risk-adjusted financial returns.
Business with impact is often considered a further evolution of the traditional concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), corporate philanthropy and ESG investing. In a business with impact strategy, businesses engage both in building stable and scalable businesses and in rigorously measuring, monitoring and reporting impact.
Business with impact is a paradigm shift. Instead of seeing social and environmental issues as risks to manage, businesses see them as opportunities to be seized. These companies target positive social and environmental impact as an intentional aspect of their business strategy.
Japan is no exception.
We see a growing number of investors and businesses in Japan interested in the concept of business with impact. And yet, we also see a need for more opportunities for direct dialogue between entrepreneurs and investors to develop a "common language" to discuss their objectives.
J-IIN aims to create a forum to share the success stories and failures, to learn how investors or businesses outside Japan have tackled their challenges and measured their impact and how Japanese businesses are active globally.