A UK green sovereign bond would finance the green recovery plans the Prime Minister outlined in his keynote speech this week, creating green-collar jobs across the country.

The world is changing, with new challenges relating to people and the planet. Pension money is vulnerable to these challenges, but it also possesses the power to contribute to solutions for the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time.

The last two months have been very productive ones for the Institute. We have been making progress on several different workstreams, including the compatibility of pension trustees’ fiduciary duty and impact investing, impact measurement, management and reporting in the social housing sector.

We welcome the opportunity to respond to the European Commission’s consultation on the review the Non-Financial Reporting Directive. Traditionally, non-financial reporting has focused on how an organisation avoids harm, mitigates risk and manages its reputation.

It has been a couple of weeks since we first updated you about our response to the coronavirus crisis, our activities since our launch in November and our plans for the coming months. The human and economic cost of this pandemic has been devastating for individuals, families and businesses and we are likely to experience the aftershocks for a very long time.

The coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the social fabric of our society has made it clear, once again, that the need for a good, affordable home has never been more important. Investor interest in the UK’s social housing sector is growing strong. 

We all have pictures and voices in our minds from the last few weeks. For me, the most persistent image is of the migrant workers forced to leave Delhi after lockdown was imposed and walk hundreds of miles back to their home towns, often with no money and nothing to eat.

Small businesses, social enterprises, and charities are vital to our communities. They are also hit hardest by the current coronavirus pandemic and are struggling to access much needed emergency finance to survive this crisis. We put together some useful funding resources for social purpose organisations and investors.

An ambitious £100 million programme of loans and investment is announced today to help get much-needed emergency funding to social enterprises, charities and small businesses in disadvantaged areas affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

It is four months since the Impact Investing Institute had its official launch in Sheffield and London, and like everyone else, we are responding to the coronavirus pandemic and its devastating human and economic costs on communities around the world. 

The Impact Investing Institute is very pleased to see the Charity Commission encourage charity trustees to consider whether their investments are informed by and consistent with their charity’s purposes and values (see this blog by Sian Hawkrigg, Strategic Policy Advisor on behalf of the Commission).

This report, by the Impact Investing Institute in partnership with Deloitte, highlights that while progress in impact reporting practice is being made, the…