News and Views

  • ImpactVC unites 120 European VC firms to accelerate investment in impact startups

    First members of new initiative collectively manage £12bn, and include mainstream venture capital firms as well as impact specialists.

  • Deal in Focus: How Toast Ale locked impact into its £2m raise

    INTERVIEW: How do you ensure that the money shareholders make from investing in your business is used for positive impact? A pioneering ‘equity for good’ deal backed by Heineken and Paul Polman aims to avoid unintended negative consequences.

  • Impact Investing Newsflow: January 2023 edition

    The global impact deals, reports and initiatives you need to know about this month – all in one place. Featuring the BUILD Fund, REDF, Fair4All Finance, TriLinc Global Impact Fund, Okra Solar, and many more.

  • Opinion: We need a purpose marketplace for tech workers – and Big Tech firms could create it

    Tech companies are making mass layoffs – while social impact and sustainability organisations need top talent. One way to plug the gaps: redirect unemployed talent to a purpose-led jobs marketplace that also supports economies in the global South.

  • The secret to sustainability: why financial assurance is a thing of beauty

    Assurance and audit might not get your heart racing – but they're fundamental to investment. In the second in this four-part series, columnist Jeremy Nicholls explains what financial audit means for sustainability assurance. 

  • ‘Odds stacked against it’: Traidcraft, the UK’s pioneering fairtrade enterprise to close

    After more than 40 years, the social enterprise ceases trading leaving ‘significant debts’, job losses and a continuing hope for transformation of an unjust global trading system.

  • ‘Huge’ demand for Growth Impact Fund with 90% of applications from diverse founders

    UK equity and racial justice fund attracts hundreds of leaders and founders from underrepresented backgrounds – debunking fears that there would be insufficient demand from diverse leaders, fund manager says.

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Social value in 2023: five trends to watch

Social value – the value an organisation contributes to society beyond its reported profit – has permanently shifted how we do business. With global climate, energy and cost of living crises, how will the movement evolve this year?