Our approach

We work with expert partners 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.

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We invest for impact

Across the UK, people face daily challenges in housing, access to affordable financial products and services, health and wellbeing, and community resilience. Social impact investment can make a real difference by helping enterprises tackle these challenges at scale, to improve people’s lives.

Over the last decade, we have learned what works when ideas, investment and expertise are united.

Read our 2025 strategy

What is social impact investment?

Across the globe, investors are taking a more socially responsible attitude to their investments. They want to make a clear statement of intent. Some want to do good with their money, some think it will be rewarding to do so, or both. Many are investing in funds with environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration.

Other investors are making impact investments. These are made with the intention of generating a positive, measurable outcome for society and the environment while making a financial return.

Social impact investment provides repayable finance to enterprises with a social purpose like charities and social enterprises. The investment enables them to deliver products or services that create measurable, lasting social impact that improves people’s lives. It also aims to make a financial return for investors.

Building an investment ecosystem

Our experience shows where we and our partners can create the most impact. By bringing in more capital alongside ours in venture, lending, outcomes contracts and property, there is real opportunity to help enterprises scale their impact, support new social entrepreneurs and to give investors a sustainable financial return.

  • 1500 Number of social enterprises and charities receiving money from Big Society Capital and other investors
  • £780m Total amount of signed Big Society Capital investments
  • £2.4bn Total amount of signed capital from other investors alongside us

We will continue our work with partners in innovation to find the new ideas. We will also build on our experience and expertise in launching the Schroder BSC Social Impact Trust to co-create more scalable options that create impact and grow the market.

Partner with us

We work with expert partners, developing tools, products and platforms that can channel our capital and that of other investors alongside us. And we create more opportunities for others to invest in social impact.