News and Views

  • TerraCycle boss: why sleepy social enterprise needs more ‘punch to the gut’

    Social entrepreneurs are chronically bad salespeople, says Tom Szaky. The TerraCycle founder – and ChangeNOW speaker – on holding back on the purpose-filled elevator pitch, clever use of comedy, and taking a lead from Fox News.

  • Danny Kruger: £7.6bn new funding is major opportunity for UK social enterprises

    Conservative MP and civil society review author Danny Kruger highlights new funds that social enterprises should watch, adding that Treasury ministers are “very supportive” of social enterprise – but also “very distracted” right now.

  • Just one in ten impact investors engage with stakeholders to understand impact - BlueMark

    BlueMark's in-depth review of 30 investors – with a combined $99bn in impact assets under management – finds more than half not aligned with SDG targets, while cost constraints mean only 11% engage with stakeholders to assess their impact.

  • More than bricks and mortar: how St Paul's Learning Centre is reuniting a community

    A formerly thriving local hub had become almost unrecognisable and was on the brink of closure – until a community asset transfer helped turn it back into a bustling space of support and creativity. The inside story on a Bristol centre's new lease of life.

  • No more 'pick and mix' sustainability reporting for EU companies - commissioner

    Up to 50,000 firms required to meet stricter reporting standards from 2024, with proposed directive that seeks to fill major data gaps and overcome what finance chief Mairead McGuinness calls “systemic risks” for the economy.

  • Impact Finance Bulletin: ‘World’s biggest’ investment fund for creative arts names first investees

    PLUS: $100m MacArthur grant to end homelessness; Dutch VC fund backs digital-only fashion house; ImpactAssets custom investments surge; new pooled fund for southeast Asia; Resonance's launchpad loan for mums' mental health; and more.

  • How philanthropists and impact investors can do more good – by giving up control

    Participatory funding puts decisions into the hands of those most affected by the money. It's a massive shift – but one that could make philanthropy and impact investing more open, transparent and community-driven.

  • Good business in limelight at UK’s first unrestricted conference since pandemic start

    Mask-free and ready to mingle: sustainable capitalism takes centre stage at government-backed pilot event in Liverpool – with organisers aiming to create a festival vibe “without the private jets” and a “radical rethink” of business events.