Saison Investment Management
Investing to create positive impact
Financial inclusion has been integral to Saison International’s philosophy and approach to value creation ever since its inception. Saison International as a financial group aspires to stand by customers during life events and corporate cycles, by providing access to a wide range of financial services and achieve customer success by combining the real and the digital.
Founded in September 2021, Saison Investment Management Private Limited (“SIMPL”) is the impact investing arm of Saison International. SIMPL operates with the mission to foster inclusive growth in emerging and frontier markets by investing in sustainable solutions that enable fair and equitable access to resources.
Following a successful pilot in South-East Asia in 2020, SIMPL has now the mandate to scale its operations and further expand across geographies. As of June 2022, SIMPL advises and manages proprietary funds of USD 55m. These funds are to be deployed strategically to support the growth of innovative and inclusive businesses providing underserved individuals and enterprises with access to financial services.
SIMPL is run by a specialized, driven, and experienced team based in Singapore, responsible to source and diligence impact investment opportunities, assess and manage the risks and impact of those investments, as well as to execute and manage transactions.
SIMPL’s main impact goal is to foster inclusive growth. We do so by providing debt financing to specialized financial services providers, early-stage and tech-enabled companies that operate at the intersection of inclusion and innovation in emerging and frontier markets.
As an impact investor, SIMPL seeks to support companies that have proven traction of delivering affordable and accessible solutions and scale financial inclusion.
SIMPL is actively working towards the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals 1, 8, 9 and 10.
To measure its contribution to those SDGs, SIMPL has designed an impact framework against which all portfolio companies are screened, assessed and scored to ensure their alignment with SIMPL’s impact ambitions.
While doing good is at the core of our business, we strive to put in place the necessary safeguards to ensure that our investments do no harm. As such, SIMPL is developing an Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) aligned with international standards and fully embedded in our investment process to appropriately manage the ESG risks of our portfolio, inform decision-making and guide our portfolio companies in the adoption of better practices.
SIMPL aims to build value by implementing a credit-centric approach to empower our partners in providing inclusive and innovative solutions that generate value for the underserved, boost economic opportunities, empower end-customers to make better life decisions and improve their lives.
While most of our lending is in USD, we can offer local currency lending where needed to support the growth of early and scale up-stage businesses.
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