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Restore the Earth Foundation Achieve Level One of the Social Value Certificate

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

We are proud to announce that Restore the Earth Foundation Inc. have achieved Level One of the Social Value Certificate. Restore the Earth Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit with a mission of restoring the Earth’s essential forest and wetland ecosystems. Restore the Earth knows that it is possible to go beyond just protecting our environment—it is possible to restore it. And when you restore the environment at landscape scale, it creates incredible value for ecosystems, biodiversity, habitat, communities, business and the Earth. Restore the Earth works together with partners to bring solid solutions to deliver successful restoration to

Going forward from Social Value Matters 2019

Monday, December 9th, 2019

600 people convened last week to attend Social Value Matters conference, this year’s theme: Going Mainstream (#SVM19). More detailed summaries will soon be published but this blog is a personal reflection and a call to action as we prepare for 2020. At the opening of the conference, we spoke about the importance of our endeavours.  Yuval Noah Harari, a leading author and philosopher writing in Homo Deus about how unprecedented levels of cooperation between global populations have helped to eliminate the daily threats of famine, disease and war. Of course, they are not 100% solved but through working together the

Announcing Standard on applying Principle 3: Value the things that matter

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

This standard on Principle 3 is published by Social Value International as part of a complete set of standards and guidance documents for applying the seven principles of social value. This principle, to value the things that matter, is one of the most unique aspects of our framework for accounting for social value. This version was published in November 2019. This document has been co-produced by the Methodological Sub-committee (MSC) of Social Value International (SVI). As part of the governance of SVI, the role of the MSC is to develop technical guidance and standards for applying the Social Value Principles.

Social Value International Launches New Levels of Practitioner Status and Online Support Package

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Social Value International, with support from Joint Member Network Social Value UK, have launched a revamped Practitioner Status Pathway creating three new levels for professional development; ‘Associate’, ‘Accredited’ and ‘Advanced’ Practitioner status. In addition, SVI also launches today a brand-new package of online support led the Practitioner Package a 12-month tailored support programme. A new tiered Practitioner Status Pathway Social Value International are launching a new tiered pathway for SVI Practitioners. On being an Accredited Practitioner, Hannah Marsh of Kingfisher Ltd stated: ‘On a professional level, I have found that being an SVI Practitioner has been invaluable. Professionally, as a

The North York Moors National Park Authority Achieve Level One of the Social Value Certificate

Friday, November 1st, 2019

The North York Moors National Park Authority looks after this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, helping to protect and conserve it, while encouraging people to enjoy and understand how special it is. Why have you decided to undertake the Social Value Certificate organisational pathway? We have decided to undertake the Social Value Certificate programme pathway. We have piloted two innovative schemes to engage families and young people in the conservation of the North York Moors National Park. Whilst we can assume that these individuals are enjoying the schemes (through feedback questionnaires and repeat interactions) we are very interested in understanding the

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