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Positive impact investments need clearer label

Jana Bour 17 April 2024

Impact investors have united to voice concerns about the European Union’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), saying the regulation doesn’t recognise the difference between positive impact investment and investments in sustainable practices. The SFDR was created …

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Pension scheme pool commits 40% of new fund to impact investments in ‘market-leading’ move

Claudia Cahalane 2 November 2023

One of the UK’s eight Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) pools has committed 40% of a new investment vehicle to impact investing (social or environmental impact).  The pool manager – Brunel Pension Partnership – manages …

Market-Based Solutions: The Unfulfilled Promise

Harvey Koh 2 April 2014

Half the world lives on less than $2.50 a day. That’s over three billion people. Nearly a billion of them entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names. Over a …

Establishing continuous communication for greater impact collectively

1 Tobias Bürger 8 October 2013

A few months ago, a group of small foundations, charities and other actors from German civil society gathered at a conference in Cologne to discuss one of the most important topics currently being talked over …

Is this real life? Is this just fantasy? – Using social impact analysis to improve (part 2)

Ruth Whateley 31 July 2013

In part one of this article we explored the opportunities that social impact analysis can offer, but found that involving the right participants remains a challenge. So, how can we educate and engage with funders …

Is this real life? Is this just fantasy? – Using social impact analysis to improve (part 1)

1 Ruth Whateley 26 July 2013

Social impact analysis and measurement is the growing hot topic among professionals involved in civil society organisations, philanthropy and social finance across Europe. However, it is important to ask the question are we all living …

SIAA Impact Groups – the good old ‘local to global’ does work

Ruth Whateley 22 May 2013

Back in December 2012 I was really interested to read Alliance‘s issue on Networks and Philanthropy and see the suggestion that membership associations need to be open to working with other existing networks and entities …

Social impact analysis in Spain – the key to change?

1 Ruth Whateley 4 April 2013

As we all know, Spain is in the midst of some pretty tough times. Looking at employment issues alone, in January 2013 the European Commission recorded unemployment at 26.6%, with youth unemployment at 55.5%. With …

Interview with Kyle Peterson

1 Louise Hallman 18 December 2012

The Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) session on ‘Value vs Profit: Recalculating Return on Investment in Social and Financial Terms’ saw the use of a great many terms – like ‘shared value’, ‘impact investing’ and ‘collective …

Elephants, glorified accountants, gardeners? What is a social impact analyst?

Alison Bukhari 17 December 2012

The analogies and metaphors were flying around the room as a group of 85 social impact analysts gathered for the second SIAA conference in Berlin last month. The group included academics, philanthropy advisers, consultants, researchers …