From game-changing SDG standards to better integration with environmental value, the CEO of Social Value UK and Social Value International summarises some of the year's most important milestones in social impact management.
Alternatives to traditional bank lending have scaled 20-fold to £3,388m from £169m in just eight years, with property funds and non-bank lending on the up, reveals annual market update from the UK’s impact investing wholesaler.
Three months after the first-ever major review of Big Society Capital's work, the interim CEO says the priorities now are communicating better, influencing government and addressing a culture that can be off-putting to outsiders.
SOCAP Virtual: To make real progress on today's meatiest problems, impact investors themselves may need to make uncomfortable changes. Some insiders, at least, are not convinced they’re willing to do so.
SIBs can be an effective financing mechanism, but they're complex to set up. James Hills of Palladium Group, which designed one of the world’s largest healthcare impact bonds, shares five essential rules to make them work.
The Big Exchange, co-founded by The Big Issue and a coalition of industry partners, allows UK residents to become impact investors with £25 a month – and has plans to reduce that minimum investment to just £3.
With a third of the world’s adults still unbanked, the work of credit unions remains as relevant as ever – and their true impact on communities and the public purse may be significant, as two recent social value analyses demonstrate.
One in seven existing community interest companies was founded since March 2020. But their financial sustainability remains unclear, as does the true extent of pandemic-forced permanent closures – and some fear the worst is yet to come.