ARK Impact Asset Management Inc.

Certified B Corporation

Seoul, South Korea

Certified Since

November 2019


Equity investing - Developed Markets


Service with Minor Environmental Footprint

Operates In

South Korea

ARK Impact Asset Management Inc. (“ARK”) is an independent investment firm established in 2003. ARK specializes in ‘impact investing’, whereby it seeks to invest in companies and projects that can achieve competitive financial return together with positive social impact. ARK invests across both public and private markets globally, and counts pensions, family offices, and high net-worth individuals as key clients. Over the past few years, ARK has focused intensively on expanding its private investment practice in Korea and abroad. ARK's strategy is to bring together experienced capital, disciplined investment approach, and proprietary global relationships to facilitate the growth of ARK's portfolio companies. ARK believes there are significant latent opportunities to leverage in joining Korea’s capital base with high-growth companies especially in Southeast Asia and India, and ARK intends to be a market leader in this space.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, ARK Impact Asset Management Inc. earned an overall score of 81.4. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
81.4 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 13.5

Governance evaluates a company's overall mission, engagement around its social/environmental impact, ethics, and transparency. This section also evaluates the ability of a company to protect their mission and formally consider stakeholders in decision making through their corporate structure (e.g. benefit corporation) or corporate governing documents.

Mission & Engagement3.9
Ethics & Transparency7.1
+ Mission Locked2.5

What is this? A company with an Impact Business Model is intentionally designed to create a specific positive outcome for one of its stakeholders - such as workers, community, environment, or customers.

Workers 27.0

Workers evaluates a company’s contributions to its employees’ financial security, health & safety, wellness, career development, and engagement & satisfaction. In addition, this section recognizes business models designed to benefit workers, such as companies that are at least 40% owned by non-executive employees and those that have workforce development programs to support individuals with barriers to employment.

Financial Security4.5
Health, Wellness, & Safety6.0
Career Development3.9
Engagement & Satisfaction4.2

Community 12.7

Community evaluates a company’s engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from. Topics include diversity, equity & inclusion, economic impact, civic engagement, charitable giving, and supply chain management. In addition, this section recognizes business models that are designed to address specific community-oriented problems, such as poverty alleviation through fair trade sourcing or distribution via microenterprises, producer cooperative models, locally focused economic development, and formal charitable giving commitments.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion2.0
Economic Impact3.5
Civic Engagement & Giving5.2
Supply Chain Management0.2

Environment 4.7

Environment evaluates a company’s overall environmental management practices as well as its impact on the air, climate, water, land, and biodiversity. This includes the direct impact of a company’s operations and, when applicable its supply chain and distribution channels. This section also recognizes companies with environmentally innovative production processes and those that sell products or services that have a positive environmental impact. Some examples might include products and services that create renewable energy, reduce consumption or waste, conserve land or wildlife, provide less toxic alternatives to the market, or educate people about environmental problems.

Environmental Management1.8
Air & Climate0.9
Land & Life1.2

Customers 23.2

Customers evaluates a company’s stewardship of its customers through the quality of its products and services, ethical marketing, data privacy and security, and feedback channels. In addition, this section recognizes products or services that are designed to address a particular social problem for or through its customers, such as health or educational products, arts & media products, serving underserved customers/clients, and services that improve the social impact of other businesses or organizations.

Customer Stewardship1.5
+ Mission Lock3.4
+ Past Performance3.7
+ Current Fund2.2
+ Positive Impact4.4
+ Portfolio Reporting1.7
+ Capacity Building1.8
+ Fund Governance3.7

What is this? A company with an Impact Business Model is intentionally designed to create a specific positive outcome for one of its stakeholders - such as workers, community, environment, or customers.

Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2023 Overall B Impact Score81.4
2019 Overall B Impact Score82.1

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