SVI Blog

Announcing the updated Social Value Management Certificate

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Social Value International are pleased to announce the launch of an updated version of the Social Value Management Certificate.  This is the first major review and revision to the certificate since it was launched in January 2018. The updates incorporates the latest standards set by Social Value International and practical changes that are aimed at improving the certificate and the support for our awardee organisations who are undertaking their own social value journeys. The review and subsequent revisions has been overseen by the SVI Reporting and Assurance Technical Committee[1] and involved consultation with awardees of the certificate, a wider group

Social Value Always Matters Interview Series Launched

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Social Value Matters now more than ever! In these uncertain times, it is easy to become focused on fear and worry and is, of course, understandable that many organisations are focusing on operational priorities at this moment. However, this does not mean that social value should be sidelined if anything it shows that social value is more important than ever. COVID-19 is having and will continue to have, a detrimental impact on those most vulnerable in society. The homeless, refugees, those with disabilities and underlying health issues,  those in unstable work and on zero-hour contracts, those experiencing pension poverty – these

Bloom Procurement Achieve Level Two of the Social Value Certificate

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Social Value UK are proud to announce that Bloom Procurement have earned Level 2 of the Social Value Certificate! Established in 2012, Bloom specialise in bringing together a community of buyers and suppliers to help the public sector buy professional services better. As the UK’s exclusive operator of the NEPRO Specialist Professional Services neutral vendor solution, Bloom is the trusted partner to over 340 public sector organisations and over 7,000 supplier organisations. Why have you decided to undertake the Social Value Certificate organisational pathway? As a socially responsible organisation Bloom is seeking to maximise the social value created throughout our operations.

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.