The Conservative MP – and former charity boss – is among the cheerleaders in Westminster for social enterprise and social investment. Is the rest of Boris Johnson's government ready to listen? We caught up with Danny Kruger to find out.
Just 28% of BlueMark's US$160bn-strong sample commit to “critical” practice, with impact investors that target below-market rates scoring better overall on impact management practices than market-rate peers.
Social investment counts for just 1.4% of all UK business lending. So how can we get mainstream banks to play a much bigger role in the social economy? By changing the incentives – and therefore the culture – of banking, says the Big Issue Invest CEO.
New research on value of UK impact bonds, estimating ten-fold return for government, delights Boris Johnson. But some say it's not clear if financing structure itself is what’s creating the value – nor how many proposed contracts are in the ‘graveyard’.
If we don’t try to change unfair systems – even if it means working with institutions we fundamentally disagree with – are we ignoring the root cause of the problem? It's complicated, says Migrateful founder Jess Thompson.
Boss of communications giant Edelman tells social innovators of Catalyst 2030 that civil society organisations have done a “poor job of positioning themselves” and rely on outdated PR methods – insufficient in an age of distrust.
Millions of craftspeople and artists work in the informal economy. Now is the time to explore how to support them better, believe campaigners, so more people can enjoy good, secure jobs while they bring vibrancy and stability to their communities.
The doughnut economics creator says too many impact startups are turned into mainstream companies under pressure of venture capital investors – we report from the ChangeNOW conference in Paris last week.
The power of the social economy to address global crises will be pushed on to the agenda of the World Economic Forum this week, as a landmark report is presented to global leaders when they meet in Davos.
There is growing wealth in Asia which could tackle head-on the world’s deepest problems. As the G20 comes to Indonesia then India, Asian leaders are seizing the moment to highlight their ideas for how to boost investments for positive change.
At the ChangeNOW conference, an economist captivates the room, impact investors sort of disagree, and organisers say it's time to leave Milton Friedman in his grave. Laura Joffre reports back from Paris. Plus: this week's top stories.
Impact investors must show ‘humility’ as market still highly dependent on those seeking below-market rate returns, says European Investment Fund’s Cyril Gouiffes. We report from day one of the ChangeNOW conference in Paris.
As the G20 summit comes to Asia, it's time for the region's social innovators, investors and policymakers to take their place on the global stage with their solutions to the world’s most urgent problems, says AVPN in the first of our new series.