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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.

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…

Progress in impact reporting practice will be insufficient to meet society’s global challenges without significant collaborative action by keystone players A new…

Comparing different companies’ ESG credentials is akin to comparing apples and pears. But efforts are being made to find the right tools to…

Impact investing – which offers social and environmental benefits as well as financial returns – is still developing but the UK’s newly created Impact Investing Institute,…

This publication is a sequel to the OECD 2015 report on social impact investment (SII), Building the Evidence Base, bringing new evidence…

A piece in this weekend’s Financial Times shows that there are still some pretty basic misunderstandings around impact investment, which must be…

New research out now

White Paper: Scaling up institutional investment for place-based impact

Our joint white paper “Scaling up institutional investment for place-based impact,” based on the collaborative “Place-Based Impact Investing Project (PBII)” by the Impact Investing Institute, The Good Economy and Pensions for Purpose, sets out the case for institutional investors to adopt a “place-based lens.”