Diversity in the social investment field  

Stephen Bediako and Gemma Rocyn Jones

Just over year ago, a number of organizations in the social investment market came together to better understand our diversity and inclusion. We were spurred on by research from the  Young Foundation which found gender equality to be a blindspot in our sector. We wanted to understand what is really happening.

Our first step was better data. We needed raw data on the diversity of those working in social investment. To start building this picture, the  Social Impact Investors Group  and Big Society Capital conducted a sector-wide survey.

We received 227 responses from 32 different organizations, including intermediaries, financial institutions, charities and social enterprises, and consultancies. Even from this small and imperfect sample, we can see that the emerging picture is not bright.

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