Progressing impact investing in Australia

Social Finance
Progressing impact investing in Australia
19th & 20th March 2014 | CQ Functions Melbourne

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  • Do you keep hearing about social finance or impact investing?
  • Do you want to know how your organisation can get involved?

Then Social Finance is the conference for you!

Featuring a series of practically focused presentations and interactive sessions, this conference is your ‘how-to’ guide to social finance.

With plenty of opportunities for cross-sectoral networking it’s also a unique opportunity to build the networks you’ll require to be effective in this field.

Attend & learn how to:

  • The different forms of social finance available
  • How to package your organisation for social finance
  • What’s happening overseas
  • What’s required to progress the field in Australia

Hear key contributions from

  • Ben Thornley, Director of InSight, Pacific Community Ventures (US)
  • Rosemary Addis,Social Strategist, (Former Social Innovation Strategist Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations)
  • Ian Learmonth,Executive Director, Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia
  • John ,McKinnon, Social Investor & Philanthropist, McKinnon Family Foundation
  • Paul Steele,Chief Executive Officer, Donkey Wheel Foundation
  • Ben Gales, Chief Executive Officer, Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA)
  • Elena Mogilevski, Program Manager, The Myer Foundation
  • Corinne Proske, Head of Community Finance & Development, NAB
  • Valda Wheeler, Managing Director, Social Investment Australia
  • + many more!

For more information or to register contact Criterion Conferences on +61 2 9239 5700, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Don’t forget you must quote CC*SROI when registering to receive your $100 discount.

Big Issue Invest Wins Award for Championing Social Enterprise and Social Investment!

Big Issue Invest Wins Award for Championing Social Enterprise and Social Investment!

  - Big Issue Invest (BII) wins Charity Times 2013 Social Champion Award, demonstrating an outstanding service and commitment to the social enterprise and charity sectors.

- BII, part of The Big Issue Group, supports social enterprises and charities to scale up through the provision of loans and investments, not grants, from £50K to £1m.

- Since its inception BII has invested nearly £20 million in over 160 social enterprises, charities and community organisations throughout the UK.

Big Issue Invest are celebrating their win at the recent Charity Times 2013 Awards. Crowned Social Champion at the Awards Gala at London’s Lancaster London Hotel, the Charity Times Awards are the leading celebration of best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector.

The Social Champion Award was presented to BII for its outstanding service and commitment to the social enterprise sector and its demonstrable positive social impact, which to date includes:

  • 160 social enterprises invested in with other £20m of funds
  • Over 1.7m lives touched
  • 3,200 people sustainably employed
  • Over 1,400 people trained

Nigel Kershaw, Chief Executive of Big Issue Invest, said: “We are extremely proud to be named Social Champion at the Charity Times Awards. Big Issue Invest is committed to ensuring that people don't have to resort to The Big Issue because we're supporting pioneering social enterprises that are capable of transforming people’s lives.”

John Bird, Founder and Editor in Chief of The Big Issue, said: “It’s great news when we hear that people recognise the power of prevention in the community. My ambition is always to help the homeless to help themselves; but increasingly we have to prevent people falling into homelessness. This is why Big Issue Invest backs sustainable social enterprises and ventures that help tackle poverty and inequality. Prevention! Prevention! Prevention!”

Charity Times judges said: “Big Issue Invest has shown a consistently high impact across a wide-range of social needs and on a wide geographical base with clear evidence of effect across a wide range of organisations.”

The judging panel included Ceri Doyle, Acting Chief Executive of The Big Lottery Fund, Caron Bradshaw, CEO of CFG, Christian Guy, Director of the Centre for Social Justice and Tris Lumley, Head of Development at New Philanthropy Capital.

BII is a social enterprise itself, paying any dividends generated to The Big Issue, also a social enterprise. This structure helps to demonstrate a commitment to social enterprise and creates credibility and empathy with its target markets.


The Wisdom of the Crowd: The Value of Social Programmes

The Wisdom of the Crowd: The Value of Social Programmes

October 2013

"Does investing in social value also drive company value? Of course it does. If you’re out for a quick buck you can maximise short term profit, but you won’t last long. Bella Vuillermoz, Sky"

GreenMondays have recently released a report entitled The Wisdom of the Crowd: The Value of Social Programmes, with the main aim of getting a snapshot of how leading organisations are building their social programmes, and the degree to which they are seeking to put a financial value on their social programmes. Our CEO, Jeremy Nicholls contributed to the creation of the report and we're happy to see these reports and issues becoming more prominent. We would of course argue with some findings within particularly in relation to the standard and format by which people can value these programmes. Consistency and using the same yardstick to measure that consistency are key in the eyes of the Network.

Read the entire report here and let us know your thoughts.

New valuations from the HSE available on WikiVOIS!

New valuations from the HSE available on WikiVOIS!

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We are pleased to announce that WikiVOIS have added some exciting new valuations based on the recently updated HSE research paper; "Costs to Britain of workplace injuries and work-related ill health: 2010/11 update".

Over the last two decades, HSE has periodically published estimates of the aggregate costs of workplace injuries and ill health. Up to now the methodologies for producing aggregate and unit costs have not been fully consistent. HSE commissioned new research in 2009 to review and update the previous costing methodology.

Unlike previous estimates, the new cost model aims to reflect the economic costs of workplace fatalities, workplace injuries, and new cases of work-related ill health associated with current working conditions (previous cost estimates also included the costs of cases arising from historic working conditions).

Within WikiVOIS the new valuations have been linked to an outcome called "occupational deaths (change in)". The new valuation entries detail the total net costs of workplace injuries and ill health to four different stakeholders: Employers, Individuals (and their families), Government and Society as a whole.

Within the valuations we have included further relevant information such as a breakdown of approximate unit costs per incident. So, it is now possible to see that the total net cost to an individual suffering from ill health in the workplace is £8,100 per annum.

Ultimately, as with most valuations in the database, the link to the original data source is embedded in the valuation. To access the full report and excel spreadsheet of costs follow this direct link to the pdf report:

We hope that this new information will be particularly useful for anyone trying to calculate the benefit of measures that minimise the risk of injuries and ill health. If you think it is useful please add to the debate by rating the valuations or adding a comment in the discussion area.

If you have a substantial amount of data you would like to add or want to know more about WikiVOIS then get in touch with Ben Carpenter, Information Researcher & Co-ordinator (Social Accountability) via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via telephone on 0151 703 9229.

We look forward to your contributions.

Update on our exciting pan European project

Update on our exciting pan European project

22 April 2013

Last year we started working with individuals from a variety of European countries in a new pan-European project aiming to widen the use of SROI by using the methodology to explore the impact of European employment and training initiatives, funded by the European Commission.

A website for the project has now been launched in order to let people keep up to date with how the project is progressing. This is currently available in 5 languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, Latvian and English.

For the next stage of the project each country involved will be surveying a number of organisations within the market to gain important data regarding the skills and competencies required within thier sector.

The results of these surveys will be available on the ESAP website soon!