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Invest For The Long-Term

We’ve made a fetish out of the shareholder – and it’s damaging our economy. John Plender wrote in the Financial Times last November that the capital-market culture in English-speaking countries “incorporates a strong bias against investment” and that this is harming the UK’s productivity. Rather than reinvest profits in order to grow, companies prefer high … Read more

News In Brief 28 March 2016

TELEGRAPH.CO.UK The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), a charity that offers services to other charities, has launched a retail bond with a 10-year life, and offering 5% per annum, with interest payments twice a year, in April and October. The bond is expected to be listed on the Order Book for Retails Bonds (Orb), part of … Read more

Sort Out The Welfare Mess

“Everyone should be allowed to live their lives the way they want, as long as they don’t offend that of others.” So says Elina Lepomäki. She’s the former research director of Libera – a Finnish liberal think-tank – and currently an MP in Finland’s parliament. Libera says that it’s an “unaffiliated think tank that supports … Read more

News In Brief 21 March 2016

IRENA.ORG The International Renewable Energy Agency’s 2016 edition of its Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future suggests that a doubling of worldwide renewable energy capacity within the next 15 years would yield savings far in excess of the costs, create more jobs, boost economic growth and save millions of lives annually through reduced air pollution. … Read more

Knowledge Is Power

In 2015 we made 52 million complaints to ombudsman schemes in the UK. The two most-complained about sectors were telecommunications and energy. I don’t think we have turned into a nation of whiners-without-cause. It’s time-consuming and boring to make a complaint, especially when there’s often little hope of having the moan dealt with satisfactorily. People … Read more

News In Brief 14 March 2016

GOV.UK The Government has published plans to make the UK what it calls “a global social investment hub”. There are two documents, on domestic and the other on international strategy.  “Consumers, employers and investors are increasingly focusing on the social and environmental impact of their spending decisions, places of work and investments. Evidence suggests a … Read more

Social Stock Exchange Quarterly update

Even if 2016 has started with a general air of uncertainty for global financial markets, there’s no suggestion at all that this mood is dampening the enthusiasm for impact investing. The Social Stock Exchange now has over 30 member firms with a collective value of over £2.1 billion, our existing members have attracted nearly £30 … Read more

Social Stock Exchange wins ADVFN’s Best Trading Innovation Award 2016

London, 8th March, 2016 – The Social Stock Exchange – the UK’s only market for impact investing – has today been recognised as the Best Trading Innovation for 2016 by ADVFN, the leading financial news and data company. Since its inception in 2013, the Social Stock Exchange has grown rapidly and now consists of 32 … Read more

News In Brief 7 March 2016

GOV.UK Rob Wilson, Minister for Civil Society, gave a speech to the Social Investment Academy, in which (among other things) he recapped various moves made by the UK government in the social investment arena, adding that his aim is “to deliver a sector that is more independent, more resilient, and more sustainable.” In firmly pinning … Read more

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A very special female brand of Brazilian organic Fairtrade coffee

What does an organic Fairtrade specialty coffee and social impact investing have to do with empowering some of the poorest women in the world? In rural Minas Gerais, Brazil’s biggest … Read more

Investment in smallholder farmers is key to reducing poverty AND feeding the world

According to United Nations estimates, the world population is expected to grow from around 7 billion currently to more than 9 billion by 2050. This means that farmers around the … Read more