On 28th November 2017, Gojo CEO Taejun, took part in a meeting of the GSG Japan National Advisory Board to provide insights on improving the number of social impact investments in Japan.
One of the ways to improve the number of social impact investments in Japan is through following the path of other entrepreneurs. An investment professional with a social vision, wanting to contribute to bringing about change in the world, Taejun became one of Japan’s youngest entrepreneurs at the age of twenty-six when he set up Living in Peace, an NPO run “part-time” volunteer workers, in 2007. The NPO even today serves as a role model of how business people can work to tackle social issues while working for companies. Taejun created the first microfinance investment fund in Japan in 2009, and went on to co-found Gojo & Company in 2014 along with two co-founders Sanjay Gandhi, a CPA and experienced microfinance professional from India and Tsuyoshi Nagashima, CPA professional from Tokyo and with a professional workforce spread across the world. Gojo was established with the aim to “make the private World Bank by 2030, providing financial access for everyone” and to serve the financially excluded population of the world through microfinance. At the discussion with the Global Social Impact Investment Group, Taejun spoke about how financial inclusion contributes to better opportunities and enhancing the lives of the clients around the world. Taejun proposed the idea that “entrepreneurs are the consequence of eco-system creation, i.e. we need all actors such as donors, investors, mentors, role models, supportive corporations among the others who support the social entrepreneurs”.
About Gojo & Company, Inc.
Gojo, established in 2014, is a holding company of microfinance institutions around the world. The company is headquartered in Tokyo and has subsidiary microfinance institutions in various countries. Gojo aspires to create a world in which everyone has an opportunity to overcome one’s own destiny and attain a better life. Gojo aims to reach out to more than 100 million people in all continents by the end of 2030.
About Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group
The GSG is an independent global steering group catalyzing impact investment and entrepreneurship to benefit people and the planet. The GSG was established in August 2015 as the successor to and incorporating the work of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK’s presidency of the G8. The GSG currently has 15 member countries plus the EU, as well as active observers from leading network organizations. Chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen, the GSG brings together leaders from the worlds of finance, business and philanthropy.
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