SVI Blog

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

This Fellowship Can Help You Grow Your Career to Make a Bigger Impact

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

SVI partner, MovingWorlds, offers a unique Fellowship to help working professionals find more fulfillment in their work and make a bigger impact with their career. The MovingWorlds Institute just shared some of their key lessons in a Fast Company article, 3 steps to take if you want to change careers into a role that makes a difference. Regardless of your career aspirations, these 3 steps will help you get promoted, launch your next big idea, or even change industries – and will enable you to find even more meaning in your work as you continue to contribute to world-positive ideas.

Using self-reported data for Impact Measurement

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

The Impact Management Project has published a brand new report. To improve impact performance, enterprises (and their investors) need access to high-quality data on what positive and negative impacts are occurring. Surveying key stakeholders directly is a quick and efficient way of collecting this data – which can then be used to guide decisions. In this new guide – supported by Omidyar Network and in partnership with 60 Decibels,Keystone Accountability and us at Social Value International – the IMP explores how surveying can be used to collect data for each of the five dimensions of impact. Drawing on insights from a range of tried-and-tested survey questions, this

The Australian Social Value Bank and the Social Value Principles

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Andrew Callaghan is ASVB impact specialist at the Australian Social Value Bank and has been measuring social impact for government, corporate and not-for-profit clients for almost 10 years. This piece has been adapted from this piece penned by Andrew Callaghan for Third Sector AU. There is a lack of impact measurement approaches which can consistently be applied across a diverse range of social outcomes and be easily adopted, by any organisation who wants or needs to demonstrate their impact. The Australian Social Value Bank was established as a social enterprise to provide a cost-effective solution for measuring social impact. The

Changing the debate on impact measurement and management

Friday, May 10th, 2019

This is a guest blog post from Dr Jess Daggers, academic and practitioner specialising in impact measurement and the growth of the impact investing industry. I have been working in impact measurement for almost a decade now, and there are aspects of this field that I find endlessly fascinating: why, despite the challenges of implementing measurement systems, is it so widely accepted that measurement is both necessary and worthwhile? Why is it so difficult to find common ground on what measurement systems should look like? How is it that the basic principles of impact measurement seem simple and straightforward, but

New Zealand’s First Accredited Practitioner

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Social Value International are proud to announce Dr. Sneha Lakhotia as New Zealand’s first Accredited Practitioner! Dr.Sneha Lakhotia currently serves as the Policy Lead and Quantitative Researcher at Te Whānau o Waipareira, Auckland, New Zealand. Sneha is a health and social sector professional, with over ten years of diverse experience in this domain. She is passionate about catalysing change and driving social impact. Her experience as a dental practitioner, coupled with a deep desire to contribute to the health of the population at large, led to pursue her Masters in Public Health specialising in Social Epidemiology. Her broad interest areas

Te Whānau o Waipareira Have Had a Report Assured!

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Te Whānau o Waipareira (Waipareira) is an Urban Māori Authority delivering a wide range of services to the community in West Auckland, New Zealand. It is a family centric organisation which operationalises the core values and principles of Whānau Ora* in all its services. Waipareira has been delivering Incredible Years Parenting (IYP) programme to its whānau for over six years. The IYP Programme for Māori whānau is called Ngā Tau Mīharo ō Aotearoa, which reflects and supports responsiveness to Māori Culture. This report is a forecast SROI analysis, measuring the social value of the Incredible Years Parenting programme. The report reveals the

Global Sustain

Alpha Asset Management in the Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative with the support of Global Sustain

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

With the support of Global Sustain, Alpha Asset Management A.E.D.A.K. has joined the United Nations Global Initiative PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative) in the “Investment Manager” category, the leading network to promote responsible investment. Global Sustain, the first member of the PRI in Greece since 2014, has implemented the ESG/ SRI Benchmark Report by analyzing capital management companies and how they have incorporated into their ESG Factors investment, environmental, social and governance policies. For comprehensive and effective management briefing, Global Sustain conducted internal training where the most important points of the survey were presented and the participants were informed

Involve Stakeholders

Social Value International Publish ‘Standard on Applying Principle 1: Involve Stakeholders’

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Social Value International are happy to have published version 2.0 of the Standard on Applying Principle 1: Involve Stakeholders. This document has been co-produced by the Methodological Sub-committee (MSC) of Social Value International (SVI) published in March 2019. This is the second version of the standard for involving stakeholders, the first being written and published in 2013. The process of writing this document involved several stages of consultation, including the opportunity for all members of Social Value International to contribute. This document includes an introduction to the Principles of Social Value, as well as defining Principle 1 and breaking down

Social & Human Capital Coalition launches the Social & Human Capital Protocol

Friday, March 1st, 2019

27 February 2019, Geneva Switzerland: Today, in conjunction with GreenBiz 2019, the Social & Human Capital Coalition (SHCC) launched the Social & Human Capital Protocol. This moment is the result of four years of collaborative development, involving input from over 50 forward-thinking businesses – including Nestlé, Grupo Argos, and LafargeHolcim, and a range of expert partners, and a public consultation exercise with more than 250 participants. The SHCC intends for the Protocol to serve as a catalyst for the ongoing alignment, consolidation and advancement of multi-capital approaches. The Protocol provides a consistent process to guide businesses as they assess their