SVI Blog

In the next five years, do you think that inequality and environmental degradation will disappear, or even be reduced?

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Blog by Dr Adam Richards, Senior Researcher, Social Value International, from the Impact 2018 conference. Thought not. These important challenges may seem insurmountable – but they aren’t. And this is the focus of many people working in the space of social impacts, be they social enterprises, impact investors, private business, or other change makers. At Social Value UK (SVUK) as part of Social Value International we believe in a world where accounting for social value can help to address inequality and environmental degradation. And we have seen examples where organisations have used information on their social value to improve the

LANDSCAPE SCALE RESTORATION HAS THE POWER TO CREATE A 36:1 SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Restore the Earth Foundation Releases Two SVI-Assured Reports; Supports Business Case for Holistic Ecosystem Restoration WASHINGTON, DC, 4 January, 2018 – A newly released report forecasts a 36:1 Social Return on Investment (SROI) in landscape-scale restoration. Nonprofit Restore the Earth Foundation, in collaboration with Social Value International (SVI), today released two social impact reports based on eco-restoration projects in Louisiana’s Tensas National Wildlife Refuge and the Pointe-aux- Chenes Wildlife Management Area. These first-of- a-kind reports assess, quantify and monetize the environmental, social, and economic impacts of investments in landscape-scale restoration on local communities, economies and stakeholders. Report findings support the

Dr. Reddy’s Foundation join!

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Dr. Reddy’s Foundation is a not-for-profit organization set up in 1996 to enable socially and economically vulnerable groups to take control of their lives. They develop and test innovative solutions to address complex social problems and promote scaling up of impact by leveraging partnerships. They work with Children, Youth (including Persons with Disabilities) Women and Households across 20 States in India. Dr. Reddy’s Foundation (DRF) initiated a formal SROI framework based on the SROI Guide.  DRF inducted the process with their flagship program ‘GROW’ and is planning to extend it to all the programs.  DRF hope to gain knowledge and skills based

Arabic Translation of Guide to SROI

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

The Arabic translation of the Social Return on Investment (SROI) Guide is up! Completed as a partnership between Social Value International and Sustainable Square, the translation aims to serve as a guiding reference for Arab practitioners to further promote the concept of calculating social value within the region. “It’s fantastic that The Guide to SROI is now available in Arabic. We have seen increased interest in this area over the last couple of years and this will really help people engage. I would especially like to thank Eric and his team for all their work getting this out.” Jeremy Nicholls,

Impact Square join as organisational members

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Impact Square have joined Social Value International as organisational members. Impact Square is a professional organisation dedicated to impact business, conducting research with expertise about the mechanism between “impact” and “business” and implementing a variety of projects as practical businesses. Since 2010, it has carried out a range of consulting and research projects with regard to CSR, CSV, NPO and international development, and impact evaluation. At the same time, it has deliberated on the growth of social ventures and collaborated with diverse social ventures in the form of business partnering or collocating, co-founding, operating and investing. Founded in 2010, Impact

Impact Standards: combining SDGs with IRIS and GRI for a better world!

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Sinzer launches the search engine Impact Standards: combining SDGs with IRIS and GRI for a better world! This is a guest blog from organisational members Sinzer. Currently an increasing number of investors and companies are recognizing the role they can play in contributing towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman recently stated: “There is no business case for enduring poverty. We have an opportunity to unlock trillions of dollars through new markets, investments and innovation. But to do so, we must challenge our current practices and address poverty, inequality and environmental challenges. Every business will

Ten Years of Social Value

Monday, October 9th, 2017

2017 is the tenth anniversary of Social Value International and Social Value UK. A lot has happened in ten years. This blog is to celebrate all we’ve achieved as a community and look to the what we have coming next. ‘We have come a long way in ten years. But measured against our goals, to change the way the world accounts for value in order to reduce inequality, we still have a long way to go.  We’re not quite a difficult teenager but I suspect we’re going to need to become one.’ Jeremy Nicholls, CEO Social Value UK and Social Value

Impact Management Principles

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Today we launch a new linkages paper! Social Value International and The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) work to help organisations set up impact management systems that are solid and deliver information that is useful to maximise the value for theit stakeholders. The “Impact Management Principles” document links the Social Value Principles to EVPA’s five step process. It is a short guide to what we stand for when we talk about impact measurement and management. It’s a way for practitioners to keep it simple, practical and useful. Free Download

IQ Business join as org member!

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

IQ Business have joined Social Value International as organisational members.  At IQ Business, they believe they are redefining management consulting to be more responsive to the challenges clients face. Whether these challenges can be tackled by leveraging research from IQ Business and partners, assigning IQ teams to design and implement solutions, or deploying point expertise to fill a skills gap, they aim to ensure their clients overcome their business challenges. Their goal is to create a culture of accountability for social spend across business, government and NGO sectors. They believe this can be achieved through assessing, measuring and optimising social spend

Impact Wizard: magic for your impact assessment

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

At last: an accessible toolkit that guides you step by step to assess your social impact. This hands-on tool considers your available time and what you and your stakeholders really want to know about your impact. www.impactwizard.eu Curbing poverty. Increasing resilience. Fostering environment-friendly behaviour. For social entrepreneurs, making a social impact is their main drive. Are you working for a better world? Do you find it difficult to explain how your project contributes to societal change? Impact Wizard is a brand new online tool that helps you to do just that. Impact Wizard helps you reflect on, assess and increase your impact. Challenging assignments bring