THE RISE OF IMPACT

Five steps towards an inclusive and sustainable economy


We stand at a critical juncture. In this era of significant social, environmental, and political challenges, we have an opportunity and an imperative to move towards a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

In this report, we offer a five-point strategy to harness impact investing and purposeful business to help tackle some of the UK’s most pressing societal challenges at scale – while also boosting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and establishing the UK as a global thought-leader in this field. 

Click here to download the 2017 report. 

 

Impact Investing Guidance Note

This working draft of the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing 2017 guidance note aims to provide an overview of impact investing: what it is and isn’t, how it works, the history and ecosystem of players, the ‘spectrum of capital’, and address a few key ‘myths’ of impact investing.  It is intended primarily for those newer to impact investing, but it also to provide clarity on key issues for those with more experience.

A final version will be released in November 2017. 

Click here to download the Guidance Note. 

 

 

Social Impact Investment Taskforce Summary Report 2014.

Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets: Harnessing the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and capital for public good

SEPTEMBER 2014

High-level recommendations critical to the success of impact investment worldwide on pages 6-7 of the report. 

 

Building a Social Impact Investment Market: The UK experience

SEPTEMBER 2014

High-level recommendations critical to strengthen and scale the UK impact investment sector on pages 28-34 of the report. 

 

UK NAB Working Group Papers

Recommendations on Procurement: A report on the issues of public sector procurement and the impact for social investment -

SEPTEMBER 2014

This report aims to analyse procurement in those areas of service delivery of particular interest to impact investment and impact investors. It sets out background to the issue, the work undertaken by the group and its recommendations. 

 

The Social Business Frontier: A report that investigates how to recognise and protect the social impact that business delivers in the UK

SEPTEMBER 2014

This paper outlines thinking and practice at the frontier of business and society, relevant to everyone who invests in, is employed by or operates a business.

 

Building the Capacity for Impact: A report on the capacities needed by the social sector to deliver the aims of the social investment market

SEPTEMBER 2014

‘Investment-readiness’ to date has not taken into account the ability of investees to reliably deliver social outcomes (‘impact-readiness’). This paper has a series of recommendations for government, commissioners, investors and grant-makers, which aims to begin to tackle this issue head-on.

 

UK Government Strategy on Impact Investment

 

Social Investment: A force for social change; 2016 strategy

The UK government sets out what it has achieved over the last 5 years and what is seeks to achieve domestically over the next 5 years.

 

Social Investment: The UK as a global hub; 2016 international strategy

This strategy is an annex to the domestic strategy paper above. During the last parliament, the government established the UK as a global leader in the field of impact investment. This paper sets out their plans to maintain this position and deliver international market growth in collaboration with the Cabinet Office, UK Trade and Investment, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Council and the Department for International Development.

 

Social Impact Investment Taskforce Working Group Papers

 

Measuring Impact: Subject paper of the Impact Measurement Working Group

SEPTEMBER 2014

This report provides guidelines for impact measurement to impact investors – current and future – who may be for profit or non-profit, investing in ventures, as well as a vision for the evolution of impact measurement in the years’ ahead. 

 

Allocating for Impact: Subject Paper of the Asset Allocation Working Group

SEPTEMBER 2014

This paper presents a series of frameworks to help both investors and policymakers align their investment strategy with their societal values, including impact investments across a balanced investment portfolio. 

 

Profit-With-Purpose Businesses: Subject paper of the Mission Alignment Working Group

SEPTEMBER 2014

This working group believes that profit-with-purpose businesses will create substantial social impact and will attract investment to enable growth. They identify a definition, a legal framework, starting positions, market mechanisms, and existing systems to build upon. 

 

International Development: Subject paper of the International Development Working Group

SEPTEMBER 2014

The working group assessed how impact investment can help to further drive economic development and improvement on social issues in developing countries. This report provides key recommendations on some proposed joint initiatives to advance the impact investing market for the benefit of the world’s poor populations.