SVI Blog

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

Social Value Matters: Going Mainstream 2019

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Be part of this momentous moment as Social Value International hold their first conference in Asia. Hosted by national network Social Value Taiwan this 2-day event is not to be missed as we discuss how social value and social impact is more important now than ever before and ready to be integrated into mainstream thinking across the world. If we want to tackle the global challenges of rising inequality, climate change and social wellbeing, we must change the way we make decisions. Join us to hear from thought leaders and best practice from the private sector (business and investment), civil society (NGO and social

Sandra Velthius on the Gaelic Athletic Association’s Report Assurance Process

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Sandra Velthius, a freelance consultant, has a few words to share on why she encourages her clients to undertake the Social Value International Report Assurance process: ‘For people unfamiliar with Ireland, it is difficult to explain just how important a role the Gaelic Athletic Association plays in Irish life. Yet quantifying its worth has always proved a challenge. When the future of Na Fianna, a local GAA club in Dublin, was threatened by a proposed infrastructure development, a decision was made to commission a Social Return On Investment (SROI) study. We considered the club’s financial year July 2017 – June 2018

A fresh perspective on the social impact investing ‘definitions debate’

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

This is a second guest blog post from Dr Jess Daggers, academic and practitioner specialising in impact measurement and the growth of the impact investing industry. Many of the people reading this blog will have been in the same situation: you are at a conference, or a presentation, and you find yourself thinking: what exactly is impact investing? You thought you had a clear idea of it, but then the person on the stage is describing something that sounds quite different. Or perhaps a panel discussion brings together perspectives on the topic that appear to have almost nothing in common, except the general idea of