Our vision

A world where all investments help improve the lives of people and build a fair society.


Big Society Capital exists to improve the lives of people in the UK through investment with a sustainable return.

We are the leading social impact-led investor, restless for change.

Working with expert partners, we seek to understand people’s needs first. Then, using our knowledge and capital, we collaborate and invest with fund managers who also want to create a better, sustainable future.

They, and the social enterprises and charities they invest in, create the impact. Our role is to bring the most relevant experts from our network to the table, generating ideas and connecting capital to where it’s most needed.

Our role
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Our history

Our history stretches over two decades, successive governments and involves all major political parties. It shows the efforts made to help build an investment ecosystem that supports enterprises to improve people’s lives.

Work for us

People are at the heart of what we do and play a vital role in safeguarding our culture and mission. To effect change and ensure our reputation as a trusted partner and leader in social impact investing, we encourage diversity of thought and ideas, provide a healthy work environment that promotes respect and teamwork and give you the tools and resources to achieve your full potential.

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    At Big Society Capital I am surrounded by people that are passionately dedicated to what they do. Every day they inspire me to be a better person.

    Victoria Kane

    Victoria Kane

    Core Projects Administrator
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    Having a unique opportunity to support social enterprises and charities is why I work here.

    Melanie Mills

    Melanie Mills

    Senior Director, Social Sector Engagement
  • Our people

    We exist to make a difference - our people are core to this mission.

    We empower our experienced teams to facilitate change, work with their networks and build momentum.

    Meet the team
  • Governance

    Big Society Capital is an independent financial institution with a social mission authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

    To ensure we remain true to our social mission there is a comprehensive governance structure in place.

    Learn more
  • Shareholders

    Big Society Capital is funded by English dormant bank accounts, and the four main UK high street banks: Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and Natwest Group.

    Our shareholders
  • Annual Review 2021

    In 2021, we signed a total of 12 new investments (including five follow-on investments), totalling £80 million. Since we were launched, we have now committed over £820 million to reach more than 2,000 organisations addressing a wide range of social issues across the UK. This is nearly £200 million more than the original share capital of £625 million, subscribed from dormant accounts and four major UK high street banks. This means that the initial capital is now being “recycled”, to reach more social enterprises and charities, improving more lives.

    Annual Review 2021 Report and Financial Statements 2021

Responsible Business Principles

We have committed to the Responsible Business Principles, a set of core principles that we aim to live up to in everything we do.