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What is the Social Stock Exchange? 

The Social Stock Exchange was set up to help unlock capital at scale, via a growing community of global impact investors, for all organisations and businesses that create an evidenced social or environmental impact through their core activities.

Announced in June 2013 at the G8 Taskforce for Social Impact Investing, the Social Stock Exchange offers a fully regulated market for the primary listing and secondary trading of securities of businesses committed to impact, through a strategic collaboration with regulated investment exchange NEX.

Through its unique marketplace the SSX provides visibility and access to capital for those organisations able to demonstrate a commitment to delivering social and environmental value, alongside running a successful operation.

At the heart of the Social Stock Exchange process lies the Impact Report, which every qualifying company must produce before being formally admitted on to the exchange.

 

What is NEX? 

ICAP Securities & Derivatives Exchange (NEX) is a London based stock exchange providing UK and International companies with access to European capital through a range of fully listed and growth markets. For more information see www.isdx.com

 

What is an Impact Business? 

An Impact Business is one that uses commercial models to deliver social and environmental change as part of the business’ core activities.

 

How is an Impact Business different from Corporate Social Responsibility? 

Corporate Social Responsibility helps established businesses to show some level of accountability towards society and the environment  (be it through charitable donations, volunteer staff, commitments to reduce waste etc), but these activities are not at the company’s core. An Impact Business will commit to deliver social and environmental impact as part of its core activities.

 

What is an Impact Report? 

An Impact Report is the tool a company uses to document and evidence its social impact. It has 5 sections, covering:

  1. The social or environmental  purpose of the company and the impact it will deliver
  2. Who benefits as a result of the company’s social impact
  3. How a company’s products, services, and operations deliver that social impact
  4. How a company involves and consults with all its stakeholders
  5. What evidence a company has of its social impact and how that is collected, measured and reported

 

How is Impact Investing different from philanthropy? 

When you invest in an Impact Business there is an expected financial as well as social return.

 

How do I find out more about impact investing? 

You can visit the resources section of the Social Stock Exchange site.

Want to take part?

If you would like to be part of this exciting and rapidly growing new initiative.


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