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. 

In early 2019, in response to increasing interest and demand from investors, and together with our partner organisations the Good Economy and Big Society Capital, the Impact Investing Institute joined a working group with the aim to help establish a credible, meaningful and comparable set of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria that housing associations can use to demonstrate their impact to investors and boost flows of socially responsible investment in social housing. 

Following a series of workshops and with insight gathered from lenders and investors over many months, we helped draft a first White Paper that proposes sector-standard ESG criteria and metrics for discussion and consultation.