Impact

Big Society Capital helps to create a fair society by improving the lives of people in the UK through investment.

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Our approach

Our approach to impact is deeply embedded in our investment process, decision making and portfolio management, as well as across our focus areas of early action, homes and place. In this way, we ensure that impact runs through everything we do.

Key stats

  • 1,162

    Number of social enterprises and charities receiving money from Big Society Capital and other investors

  • 73%

    Percentage of social enterprises and charities that are located in the 50% most deprived areas of the UK

  • 83%

    Percentage of organisations operating nationally or outside London

How do we measure impact?

We have three ways of measuring impact as we aim to create a fair society, each of which can help investors, funders, social enterprises and charities understand if they are delivering their missions and making a difference to the people they serve.

  • Impact on people

    This is the impact people that use services and products, created by social enterprises and charities, that receive investment from fund managers or social banks we invest in. We use the Impact Management Project impact dimensions to help us define the change we want to see in people’s lives.

    What outcomes occur, who experiences them, and how much?What is the enterprise’s contribution beyond what would have happened anyway?What are the risks that impact doesn’t occur as expected?

  • Impact on the system

    This is the impact our investments have on the structures and institutions in society that can often make social issues seem entrenched. These changes benefit enterprises, fund managers and investors.

  • Financial sustainability

    This is considered through the financial returns that our investments generate. Rates of returns vary across our portfolio and are balanced against social and systems change returns, as well as our overall portfolio risk and return profile.

Annual Review 2018

We know that investment can help charities and social enterprises achieve more. Alongside other investors, we have made over £1.7 billion of new capital available to organisations with a social mission, through investments into fund managers and social banks. Find out more in our 2018 Annual Review.

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Contact

If you want to learn more about how we measure impact, or to find out how you can measure impact in your organisation, get in touch.