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 International Finance Corporation (IFC), 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.