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Our Approach

DBS Foundation champions businesses for impact, which are for-profit enterprises with innovative solutions to create positive social or environmental change. These include both social enterprises with a core impact mission and small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) kickstarting their sustainability journey.

By catalysing the growth of this ecosystem, we believe that we can create lasting impact that is sustainable and inspire all businesses to be businesses for impact.


We advocate for businesses for impact by creating awareness and sharing their stories to inspire more people and garner support

DBS Disrupt – The Future of Sustainability


Brought together industry leaders and fellow SMEs to learn and inspire growth through sustainability and discuss the challenges and support needed to help SMEs transition.

Weekend Market

Hong Kong

Sponsored businesses for impact at a Live Better Marketplace to increase their brand exposure.

Asia Pacific Social Innovation Summit


Annually held summit with experts from 14 countries to spark social innovation thinking.

DBS Business Class, FoundED


DBS Business Class, FoundED in association with Your Story had businesses for impact themed events in key cities bringing together startup founders, venture capitalists, incubators and other ecosystem enablers to pitch their ideas and have meaningful opportunities to connect.

Social Enterprise Bootcamp


The latest bootcamp aimed to induce synergy for business opportunities and reached >1 million students via 170+ social groups.

Social Enterprise Handbook


Created a handbook on what is a social enterprise, how to be one and how to generate profit. In particular, “Profit Untuk Misi Sosial” provides details on how to create a profitable business through social missions.


Through the award-winning mini-series, Sparks, DBS uses creative storytelling to raise awareness about sustainability and the role of businesses as agents of change. Season 2, "Everyday Heroes for a Better World", inspired by true client stories, follows bankers partnering with businesses addressing critical issues such as plastic pollution, food waste and social inequality.


We nurture businesses from the early seed stage and provide them with support needed to scale up and achieve their maximum potential and impact. Their success is testament to the power of businesses to create positive change.

Grant Award

The Business for Impact Grant Award is our flagship programme to recognise, reward and support businesses for impact, both Social Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to scale their business model and deepen their social and/or environmental impact.

Asia Impact First Fund

We partnered Heritas Capital to launch the Asia Impact First Fund (AIFF), an impact-first investment fund that provides patient and catalytic capital to innovative and high-growth social enterprises. DBS Bank is seeding AIFF with USD 10 million as an anchor investor. DBS Foundation acts as the knowledge partner of the AIFF, tapping on our track record in identifying promising social enterprises.

Our community

Building a purpose-driven community that sparks greater impact through connecting, learning, and sharing together


We integrate businesses for impact into our culture and operations, identifying synergies for their growth by utilising DBS's resources and expertise.

Engaging with DBS employees

DBS strives to create impact beyond banking, and we encourage our employees to volunteer their time and skills to help the businesses for impact grow, and truly be People of Purpose.

Done in a day

DBS employees brainstorm on ideas and strategies and use their skills to solve real business issues of various businesses for impact in a single day.

Business for Impact Banking Package

DBS SME Banking is the first and only bank in Singapore to offer a Business for Impact Banking Package, designed to provide preferential banking solutions to address the needs of businesses that drive social and environmental impact.

Integrating with DBS Bank

We provide holistic support by integrating businesses for impact in the bank’s operations.

DBS partnered Magorium, a supported social enterprise, to use ‘NEWBitumen’, made from recycled plastic, to pave the driveways in the DBS Newton Green.

The DBS Better World Café for employees features a coffee bar by Bettr Coffee, a DBS Foundation Fellow making a positive impact by empowering marginalized women and youth through coffee.