ARUN Newsletter No. 39 September 2014



In This Issue

<1> Foreword 

<2> News

<3> Series: Parnter’s Essay

Editor’s Note


Thank you for your continual support for ARUN.
We are working to build a global social investment platform originating in Japan.ARUN’s Social Investment School Season IV has ended with a very positive response from the participants. As true for the previous seasons, again we were fortunate to receive a very diverse group, including college students, people from domestic and International financial institutions, and even a former board of directors of a microfinance institution in a developing country. We are happy to see that some graduates from this course decide to participate in ARUN activities and give us suggestions for business collaborations.
We also received happy news. A medical doctor who proposed a medical business to promote safe natural birth in Africa won a grand prize in the Social Entrepreneur Awards! Mr. Sugishita, who won the prize, is the graduate of the first season of the Social Investment School. It gives us confidence that the mounting interest in the social business in Japan is spreading not only within Japan but also to the other countries in Asia and Africa.
This month, there are two big movements regarding social investment. One is the presentation of the reports on the impact investment task force that was established in the last year’s G8 Summit and its current trends in Tokyo. The other is the presentation of a road map aiming to create social investment market in Japan. ARUN is planning to be involved in such events while through practical action, striving to shape the future of the social investments. We are also planning for the Third International Symposium on Social Investment with International guests on December 6th. Please stay tuned for more details in the next next newsletter.
Next month, we are going to hold a lecture on the introduction to social investment for businesses, with the support from Japan Research Institute.(Details from HERE)。We will discuss topics such as; “what is social investment?,” “what do Japanese companies gain from it?,” and “what is the relationship between social investment and CSV (Creating Shared Value)?” We are looking forward to your participation!
                   Satoko Kono


1. Seminars for Corporations “Japanese Corporation’s Globalization and Obligations for Social Contribution” Will Be Held on October 2nd, 7th, and 22nd.

In October, we are going to hold a series of seminars aimed for corporate CSR managers and managers of new project developments. Businesses are expected to be global, and CSR must also follow the increasingly global trend. Responding to such needs, we would like to present content for you to understand new forms of social contributions of the businesses through topics such as; “Value of Social Investment as a Way to Promote CSV in Businesses,” “Overseas Social Investment Cases,” and “On-going Cases of Japanese Enterprises.”

 <Details and Registration from HERE

2. Press Release
ARUN has provided management assistance to an investee, Lighting Engineering & Solutions (LES, headquartered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia), in the form of volunteers through the International Corporate Volunteering program managed by the not-for-profit organization, Cross Fields.

<3>Series: Partner’s Essay

My Work Experience in Tunisia

by H.H. , ARUN Partner

From mid-2009, I have spent about 5 years on business in Tunisia, a faraway country in Africa. It was a rather lonely trip, leaving my family in Japan. An Islamic country, there was also no entertainment. Tunisia is a small country on the Mediterranean Sea,…

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<4>Editor’s Note

As September brought us some better weather days, the ARUN Tokyo office has added two part-time staff members. One of them is myself, Y, who is incharge of public relations. I am looking forward to working to connect ARUN and those of you who support ARUN!


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