Social Investment - A force for good

Capitalism, with all its systems and structures, has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years.  Boundaries have become blurred between governments, global bodies, financial institutions and social enterprises.  Against this background, social investment is reshaping the relationship between individual wealth and the public good, releasing the potential of private money to make a positive impact on society. 

The primary objective of these investments is to engender sustainable change. Social investments are found across the charitable sector, social enterprises and social businesses, as well as among mainstream listed ethical products. They are driving an array of creative solutions that tackle social issues such as education, economic development, health, human rights and poverty.

 

Social Investment - An Overview

Social investment is finance that generates social, or social as well as economic, returns. The government is working to help the social investment market. 

 

Why Social Investment?

Doing good and making sound business decisions are not mutually exclusive.  Social investment offers a ‘win-win’ scenario, giving a social as well as a financial return.  When channeled into the social sector, investment finance enables charities and social enterprises to innovate, grow and become sustainable, thereby allowing for wider reach and greater impact on the beneficiaries with whom they work – and on society and public services at large.

In return, socially motivated investors get an opportunity to pioneer a new form of responsible capitalism, generating a measurable impact on society and allowing for onward investment in issues that matter to and inspire them. Private client advisers and institutional asset managers are in the perfect position to broaden their relationship with their clients by offering them advice in this emerging field.  By doing so, they can differentiate their offering, improve their brand value and attract new assets.