News and Views

  • US impact coalition calls for White House initiative to lead reforms for fairer economy

    US Impact Investing Alliance, B Lab and 50 others hope proposed White House Initiative on Inclusive Economic Growth will nudge policy and coordinate approaches to health, Covid recovery, racial inequality and climate change.

  • Germany’s social enterprise movement is emerging from the sidelines

    Social entrepreneurship is finally booming in Germany, according to new research by the country's social enterprise network SEND. But the movement still faces an uphill battle in some areas. Could 2021 – a general election year – be a turning point?

  • UK social enterprises fear losing almost £100m worth of NHS contracts

    Social Enterprise UK tells health minister that draft policy proposals are being interpreted by some commissioners as a message that “they should take services away from social enterprises”.

  • Impact Finance Bulletin: Kiva Capital Management announces final close of refugee investment fund at $32m

    PLUS: Scotland’s £30m Third Sector Growth Fund; Ford Foundation seeds Black Feminist Fund with £15m; Big Issue Invest backs Sport England; Neighbourly raises £3m; National Academy for Social Prescribing funds 37 projects; and more.

  • UK social investors primed to take on inequality – but data suggest tough road ahead

    Government sees clear role for impact investing in driving ‘levelling up’ agenda in face of massive social and economic inequality – and financiers are getting on board with the new concept of equality impact investing.

  • How ousted boss Emmanuel Faber future-proofed Danone’s mission

    The sacking of Danone's boss can be seen as a vote of no-confidence in his commitment to do business for good. But the company’s legal status will make it difficult for new executives to change course on sustainability.

  • Kate Raworth: We’re going to redefine business

    Is now the time for social entrepreneurs to shine? Julie Pybus explores whether we’ve reached a “pivot point” with the influential Doughnut Economics author.

Flood damage in Manila, Philippines 2012. Photo: AusAID

SKOLL 2021: 'Climate is a people problem'

Gina McCarthy, Mary Robinson and other leading women in the fight against climate change emphasise at the Skoll World Forum that scientific solutions alone are not enough – people’s needs must be considered too.