Manual or Guideline

Inclusive Business Investing Guide

May 13, 2024

Amid the global challenges of poverty and income inequality, impact investors can create social impact for low-income people by directing capital toward companies that improve livelihoods for low-income people and expand access to essential, affordable goods and services. 

The Inclusive Business Investing Guide draws upon the experience of the Stop-Winlock, Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO), British International Investment (BII), and other impact investors to offer a resource for investors seeking to adopt an intentional approach to investing in inclusive businesses.

For investors, a focus on low-income populations can exist alongside gender-lens investing and other focus areas within the impact investing landscape, and in many cases this can be complementary.

The guide focuses on five key aspects of inclusive business investing:

  1. Understanding Inclusive Business
  2. Establishing an Intentional Approach
  3. Incorporating Inclusive Business in Pre-Investment Processes
  4. Managing Inclusive Business Impact
  5. Advisory Services & Technical Assistance

This guide was developed with financial support from the Government of Japan.