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Material to who? An alternative for business action on the Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Transformational action is needed if we’re to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 – under 12 years from now. Emily Auckland, UKSSD Network Director, proposes an alternative approach for business action on the Goals, starting with understanding who the Goals matter for and are material to. This post was originally posted to UKSSD.  There are more than five million business in the UK. Small and medium enterprises in ten UK cities alone are forecast to make up 27% of total business contributions to the economy per year by 2020. Business activities, services and products impact positively and negatively on all aspects of human

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Picking cherries or peeling onions? Making an impact on the Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

This post was originally posted on UKSSD. Organisations are embracing the Sustainable Development Goals but how do they decide what to measure to aid effective decision-making? Catherine Manning, Assurance and Networks Manager at Social Value UK shares her views. Everywhere we look people are talking about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Governments, civil society organisations, activists and now big businesses. At Social Value UK we welcome this chorus of support for a unifying framework. Through our membership of Social Value International (SVI) and with members in all sectors we know that harmonising conversations globally and between public, private and civil society

Sopact join as organisational members of Social Value International

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

We are proud to welcome Sopact as organizational members of Social Value International. Sopact empowers investment capital with a higher purpose. Sopact is the creators of The Impact Cloud™ platform which enables investment funds to deploy capital in sustainable investments across the globe by managing the social impact across their entire portfolio. Sopact’s Impact Cloud is a leading impact measurement to management SaaS platform with result collection, impact data management, aggregation, impact insight, reporting, and seamless SROI calculation. Sopact have active customers in community development finance institutes and have advised them on the SROI process from the start including financial proxies. Sopact has

Global bodies join forces to mainstream impact management via ‘IMP’

Monday, October 15th, 2018

A group of leading global organisations has created a network called the Impact Management Project (“IMP”): an ambitious initiative to provide coherent and end-to-end ‘rules of the road’ for impact management. In an increasingly fragmented landscape of initiatives, this network offers a unique shot at agreeing on standards of practice that might ultimately become generally accepted globally. The IMP network, which launches during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, is an unprecedented collaboration between nine global organisations with complementary areas of expertise: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – the largest UN programme with its 170+ offices around

Managing impact, the conundrum for impact investors (and other funders)

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Jeremy Nicholls discusses the specific challenges faced by investors and grant-makers when it comes to managing the impact in their portfolios.

Q&A: Stephen Smith from IQ Business, founding partners of Social Value Network South Africa

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

IQ Business is the first organisation to be awarded a Social Value International accredited training course that is not an SROI training course. We talked with Stephen Smith about the accreditation process and IQ Business’s involvement with SVI. What inspired you to work with Social Value International to achieve this? We identified the need for social impact measurement training in South Africa based on our client requirements. Much is changing in our country – far more rigid requirements to measure impact. We decided to develop the first version of the training programme and then when the opportunity arose to have it accredited, we enhanced

SVUK in Erasmus+ ROI project to create a digital tool for work-based learning & apprenticeships for European SMEs.

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Social Value UK is part of an Erasmus+ project to create a tool for SMEs to better understand the potential value of apprenticeships and work-based learning. Working with partners from 7 European nations the tool seeks to calculate the return on investment of such practices, with SVUK supporting the inclusion of social costs and benefits alongside the more traditional financial concerns. In April the project team met in Liverpool for 3 days of social value and Social Return on Investment training and the second project meeting. Not only did we go through Principles of Social Value and consider the implications for the

Taiwan NPO Self-Regulation Alliance have joined Social Value International as Organisational Members

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Taiwan NPO Self Regulation Alliance are new Organisational Members of Social Value International and we are very pleased to have them on board. They say; “We’re looking forward to being part of the international community as the emphasis on social value resonates with our mission on accountability and impact. We have no doubt that joining Social Value International will empower us and the NPOs and SEs on our platform with practical knowledge on social value and impact.” Carol Chen (CEO of Taiwan NPO Self-Regulation Alliance) In order to guarantee the rights of donors, strengthen their trust towards NPOs, as well

HAATCH become members of Social Value International

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

We are very pleased to announce that HAATCH have recently joined Social Value International as organisational members. They say; “It is a great opportunity for us to join the Social Value Network. At HAATCH, we want to help organisations evaluate and amplify their social impact and we are sure the Network will help us to do so.” Since 2009, HAATCH (formerly AK2C) have carried out consultancy missions in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development for large companies, SMEs, non-governmental organisations or public players. Their mission is to make social innovation a key lever for corporate performance and

Khulood Hindiyeh becomes the first Accredited Practitioner in Jordan

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Social Value International are delighted to announce that Khulood Hindiyeh has become the first ever Accredited Practitioner in Jordan. To celebrate Khulood’s success we did a Q&A with Khulood about this exciting new stage in her career. What inspired you to become an Accredited Practitioner? Being a CSR and Sustainability expert working with several companies and local organisations for the past 13 years in the Middle East, I realised that many companies lack a comprehensive strategic approach for sustainability and CSR that is aligned with community needs and support their business objectives. This has resulted in implementing ad-hoc or seasonal