By Pwee Foundation
Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) conferred on Mr Benjamin Pwee its inaugural Impact Leader Award during its Impact Forum 2013. This award seeks to recognise people or organisations who have made significant contributions to the field of impact investment, which is investment aimed at generating social and environmental impact alongside financial returns.
The Impact Leader Award recognises contributions by organisations and people to the field of impact investment. In addition to traditional financial investment, such contributions also include non-traditional means of supporting impact investment, such as creating opportunities through connecting people coming from a diverse range of backgrounds.
“[Mr Pwee] was integral in putting together deals by bringing different people together,” said Ms Lina Tang, from IIX’s Marketing & Communications.
Mr Pwee is the founder and chairman of the Pwee Foundation, named after his father. The Foundation, a non-profit organisation, operates like a corporate consultant for non-profits and social enterprises. Working with their clients, the Foundation focuses on developing beneficial partnerships between their client and other organisations to better meet the needs of every stakeholder. This business model leverages on Mr Pwee’s extensive personal contacts, as well as those of the Foundation’s directors.
In addition, the Pwee Foundation holds monthly talks on issues of social interest. Past talks have included the legacy of Dr Goh Keng Swee and the challenges faced by Singapore’s social sector. These closed-door invitation-only talks brought together people from different fields, providing networking and discussion opportunities.
“I am honoured to be the first inaugural receipient of IIX's Impact Investment Leader Award,” Mr Pwee said. “I encourage more in society to help level up the needy through making impactful social investments, and be an active contributor to local communities.”