Corporate social investment: the brave new frontier?
You’re supposed to start a blog like this by making a wild, hyperbolic statement like ‘corporate social investment will save the world’. It won’t of course. So why write it? For all the talk of the rise of responsible capitalism and the hope we pin on ‘millennials’ to influence corporate behaviours, the majority of businesses worldwide […]
Lessons from the social impact bond coalface
With the social impact bond market maturing, there’s a great chance to take stock of what’s worked and what hasn’t. Investment Associate Caroline Hickson shares what we learned at a recent Numbers for Good workshop. Outcomes-based commissioning involves commissioners paying only for the achievement of certain outcomes, rather than merely for a service that may […]
Big money: do we lack the motivation or the capital to solve society’s problems?
The words social investment illicit excitement from many of us who see the powerful potential of bringing together the best of business with the social sector, but it is not without its critics. Even those who know it well have questions around its effectiveness, accessibility and scale bringing us to the questions: are we doing […]
A helping hand to secure investment
Social investment can play an important role in the growth and sustainability of social enterprises and charities, but it’s not always plain sailing to secure a deal. Matt Black sets out some of the challenges and explains how advisers can help social organisations to secure investment on their terms. While the idea of social entrepreneurship […]
The (un)mysterious art of financial forecasting
Mystified by financial modelling? Investment Associate Caroline Hickson explains why you shouldn’t be. On my CV, it says I was previously a financial analyst at a large investment bank. However, I prefer to say that actually I was something of a fortune teller. Men and women (well, mainly men – gender equality was somewhat lacking) […]