Social Responsibility

While Leopard Capital ’s primary mission is to generate profits for our investors, we are mindful of our corporate social responsibilities.  We believe the most sustainable long term returns are derived through seeking a “triple bottom line”, whereby profits are achieved while uplifting the people and preserving the environment affected.  We believe in respecting human rights and in minimizing occupational hazards.

Cambodia’s abundance of urgent investment needs currently overwhelms its domestic financial and managerial resources.  By helping fund and build some of the nation’s most needed projects and enterprises, Leopard Cambodia Fund will contribute to the development and efficiency of Cambodia’s economy.  The Fund’s investments will generate significant new employment opportunities, boost tax revenues; promote free markets; and improve social welfare.   As Leopard Capital will supplement investment capital with technical assistance and oversight, the Fund will help develop local management and technical skills and improve standards of corporate governance and transparency, business practices, accounting, and tax compliance.  The Fund may introduce entirely new industries to Cambodia, disseminating best practices and technologies from other countries to the corporate sector.  It will also help develop the country’s financial sector, including the banking system and the nation’s planned stock market.

Being one of the first international funds to target Cambodia, the success of Leopard Cambodia Fund will serve as an important catalyst for attracting other international financial and strategic investors, thereby leveraging the economic effects of the Fund’s direct investments.

Restrictive Policies

All companies in which the Fund invests will be expected to comply with national environmental laws, regulations, and environmental and social safeguard policies; or to agree to adopt a program to comply with such standards.

The Fund will avoid investments that would require involuntary population resettlements or would adversely impact indigenous peoples.

The Fund will not invest in entities that involve any of the following:

  1. Production of or trade in any product or activity deemed illegal under the laws or regulations of the countries in which it operates or those deemed illegal under international conventions and agreements.
  2. Activities involving harmful or exploitative forms of forced labor or child labor.
  3. Production of or trade in weapons and munitions.
  4. Production of alcoholic beverages (excluding beer and wine.) 
  5. Production of cigarettes. 
  6. Production and distribution of anti-democratic and/or neo-Nazi media.
  7. Any business relating to pornography and/or prostitution.
  8. Trade in wildlife and wildlife products regulated under the CITES convention.
  9. Manufacturing, distribution and sale of internationally banned pesticides (such as organochlorines and other persistent compounds) and herbicides.
  10. Drift net fishing in the marine environment using nets in excess of 2.5 km in length.
  11. Manufacturing, storage or treatment of or trade in, radioactive materials including radioactive waste (provided that the Fund may invest in medical equipment, quality control (measurement) equipment and equipment where the Investment Manager considers the radioactive source to be trivial and/or adequately shielded.)
  12. Storage, treatment or final disposal of hazardous waste as well as cross-border trade in waste and waste products.
  13. Manufacturing of equipment and appliances containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons and other substances regulated under the Montreal Protocol.
  14. Production of or trade in products containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), including the manufacturing of electrical equipment containing PCBs.
  15. Commercial logging operations or the purchase of logging equipment for use in primary tropical moist forest.
  16. Production of or trade in pharmaceuticals subject to international phase-outs or bans.
  17. Manufacturing of asbestos-containing products.