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In my first blogpost of the international series, I suggested that “resilience” should be our new North Star as impact-minded investors – the guiding principle to ensure that we build sufficient resource capacity to absorb adversity and avoid a slide into economic, social and health despair. COVID-19 has laid bare structural and systemic inequities.
The coronavirus pandemic has raised important questions for the global impact investing community. How can we, as impact investors and advocates, be most helpful in supporting communities respond, recover, and build resilience to future crises? How does the pandemic affect our ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?
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.
With the social and economic repercussions of COVID-19 affecting every corner of the globe, impact investing offers a pathway to building a more resilient future for us all. Resilience is our new north star – the guiding principle that will ensure that we build sufficient resource capacity to absorb adversity and avoid a slide into economic, social and health despair.
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.
Press Release: £100 million response announced to help social sector organisations through the coronavirus crisis
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).
Responding to the European Commission’s consultation on the review of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive
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.
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.
This report, by the Impact Investing Institute in partnership with Deloitte, highlights...
This publication is a sequel to the OECD 2015 report on social impact investment (SII),...
Investing in a Better World: Understanding the UK public’s demand for opportunities to invest in the Sustainable Development Goals
This report is the largest and most comprehensive study of the UK public’s demand for sustainable investment opportunities. People in the UK want to use their investments to help drive positive change in the world.
In 2016, the UK government appointed Dame Elizabeth Corley, former-CEO of Allianz Global...
This paper forms part of the Social Impact Investing Taskforce’s response to the third...
The result of more than a year of research and consultation with hundreds of impact...
We stand at a critical juncture. In this era of significant social, environmental, and...