Social Investment is about applying financial, human and physical capital for public benefit and social good. As a specific financial tool, social investment seeks to support revenue generating social enterprise, with each £1 invested being ‘recycled’ for greater impact.
Social Investment can address a number of key challenges if applied well, this includes:
Providing homes - social investment can be deployed into developing homes for those who would otherwise be without a home or in poor quality accommodation.
Creating employment - social investment can be used to sustain and further the growth of social enterprises which employ people who would not otherwise be able to work. This includes ex-offenders, the long-term unemployed, the recently homeless, recovering addicts or a combination of the above.
Providing opportunity - for those who have experienced limited opportunity in their past for whatever reason, social investment can provide a source of funding and expertise that enables people to start and then grow their own social enterprises that put back into their local community.
There are a number of organisations active in this space, providing a combination of services:
Bristol & Bath Regional Capital CIC (BBRC) is a not-for-profit, social enterprise that seeks to serve its city region via using investment in all forms to catalyse positive change
Resonance is a social impact investment company that helps social enterprises to raise capital and create impact investment funds, which deliver financial return and targeted social impact
Triodos is a global pioneer of sustainable banking with a mission is to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change
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