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New Tiered Accredited Practitioner Pathway and Updates to Assurance Services

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

New Tiered Accredited Practitioner Pathway: Social Value International are launching a tiered pathway for Accredited Practitioners of Social Value and Social Return on Investment.  The launch will take place on 18 November 2019.   This pathway will see practitioners develop their skills, knowledge and practice in social value, impact management and the practical application of the SVI framework in social impact assessment and SROI. The levels will assess and be evidenced by the following: • Level 1: Associate – Demonstrated theoretical competence in social value and impact management in line with the SVI Framework – evidenced through successful completion of Social

Trends and challenges on impact measurement in Brazil

Monday, October 7th, 2019

This blog was written by IDIS – Institute for the Development of Social Investment. If you wish to write for the SVI Blog, please contact david.thomas@socialvalueint.org. What is impact measurement? Impact measurement is a growing trend among philanthropists and social investors worldwide. Organizations are becoming more concerned about assessing how impactful their projects and programs are, and grantmakers are interested in verifying whether their resources are being allocated in initiatives that bring effective benefits to society. But what is impact and how can it be measured? This article gives an international perspective on the topic, presenting IDIS’ experiences in Brazil.

Impact measurement is here to stay – but is it for the better?

Monday, October 7th, 2019

This blog was written by SVI Members CAF. If you’d like to write for the SVI Blog, please get in touch with david.thomas@socialvalueint.org. The future of impact measurement in Russia It is amazing how quickly the notion of social impact completely took over the non-profit agenda – both donors and NGOs know very well that they are “touching people’s lives”, which has certain effects and these effects can be measured. Though opinions may vary as to what is measurable or how, there is a general agreement that social impact exists and it can and therefore should be measured. This is

Sustainable Development Goals reporting and the Social Value International framework

Monday, September 16th, 2019

This is a short technical paper designed for social impact and sustainability professionals (referred to as ‘analysts’) looking to monitor, evaluate and report their contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It sets out how organisations who report against the SDGs can develop more confidence that their framework and methodologies are robust, complete and reliable for decision making. The paper introduces Social Value International’s (SVI’s) framework of Principles of Social Value that are designed to help organisations produce a ‘complete social impact account’ or a ‘Social Return on Investment’ (SROI) analysis (hereon referred to a ‘reporting’). It has

The Free Market Must Account for Environmental and Social Impact

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

The article discusses and adapts an SSIR Article, which can be found here. This blog is by Sara Olsen, a Founding Boardmember of Social Value United States, a Joint National Network of Social Value International. On the heels of the news from the Business Roundtable regarding its updated corporate governance stance that stakeholders are as “essential” as shareholders, the business community writ large needs clarity about HOW businesses are to account for stakeholder value. Sixteen leaders in this field have developed an article just published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review that articulates, at a high level, the shared consensus about how this is

INSEAD emerges as biggest winner in the 2018 EFMD Case Writing Competition

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

INSEAD, the business school for the world, today announced that its professors have received five category awards in the 2018 EFMD Case Writing Competition. This represents the most number of awards won by a single business school this year, making INSEAD the biggest overall winner. Organised since 1988, the Competition recognises innovative and impactful case writing and teaching in 17 categories representing critical management areas.  “Congratulations to Professors Pierre Chandon, Felipe Monteiro, Gianpiero Petriglieri, Jasjit Singh and Craig Smith for their winning cases”, says Ziv Carmon, Dean of Research and The Alfred H. Heineken Chaired Professor of Marketing, “We are delighted with the consistent

Behind Closed Doors Become First Organisation to Earn Level Three of the Social Value Certificate

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Social Value International are proud to announce that Behind Closed Doors, an organisation instrumental in the creation of the Social Value Certificate, have become the first organisation to achieve Level Three of the Social Value Certificate. Behind Closed Doors supports women & men affected by Domestic Violence & Abuse (DV&A) to enable them to live safely, free from fear & harm, make informed choices & manage their own lives. They deliver the outreach element of the Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS) under contract & a non-contracted Prevention & Recovery Service (PARS) for people unable to/who do not wish to access

Soil and Water Conservation Bureau Achieve an Assured Report

Monday, August 19th, 2019

The report was written by Soil and Water Conservation Bureau (SWCB), Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan in Taiwan. SWCB has promoted rural regeneration policy for many years. The first priority of rural regeneration is to create happy rural villages taking consideration of life, local industry, rural culture and ecology conservation. Sunny Rush is the case SWCB consult. The team started with the motivation to promote the culture-conservation and industry-development of rush by “product-development, brand-operation, friendly-cultivation, working-process-recording and spirit-succession”. What they do and influence have attract more young people to participate in “rush weaving learning and teaching”, that let more people

Ayala Foundation Achieve Level One of the Social Value Certificate

Monday, August 19th, 2019

We are proud to announce the Ayala Foundation have achieved Level One of the Social Value Certificate! As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are creative, productive, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. Ayala Foundation implements programs in Education, Community Leadership, Suitable and Sustainable Livelihood, and Arts and Culture. Its initiatives are present in virtually all regions in the Philippines. Why have you decided to undertake the Social Value Certificate organisational pathway? Ayala Foundation, the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, creates social value in communities and basic sectors while

Should organisations shift their preference for valuing their worth financially to valuing their social impact as a priority?

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Ben Carpenter, CEO of Social Value UK and Social Value International recently discussed the importance of social impact as a priority in corporations at Social Impact Festival. Ben’s talk was delivered at Social Value: Who is responsible for catalysing change? It took place in Perth, Western Australia on Tuesday 16 July 2019. This event was jointly organised by the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia (SIMNA) and Centre for Social Impact at UWA (the University of Western Australia) as part of their Social Impact Festival. This event was targeted at those interested in accounting for social value, particularly high-level decision-makers